The Fujifilm X-M1 is Fuji’s third retro-styled compact system camera. It has the same 16.3-million-pixel, APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor as its older siblings, in the most affordable X-system body yet, but does this mean a compromise has been made on image quality? Read the Fujifilm X-M1 review to find out
Fujifilm X-M1 review – Metering
Image: Metering is generally very good, and even when dealing with fairly high-contrast scenes it strikes a good balance between highlights and shadow details
Having tested the Fujifilm X-M1 in a variety of lighting conditions, I found that the evaluative metering system generally produced excellent exposures. When taking photos of white swans on a bright sunny day, I found that exposures needed to be slightly darkened to ensure that highlight detail was retained.
Conversely, when dealing with very bright overcast skies, the X-M1 tends to err on the side of caution and darkens the exposures to preserve some highlight detail. In both these situations, a quick adjustment of the exposure-compensation dial makes it easy to produce a more pleasing exposure, with the on-screen histogram allowing you to check for blown-out highlight detail. Of course, both these shooting situations are tricky for metering systems to handle, regardless of how sophisticated they are. When dealing with more complex scenes, or when a lot of accuracy is required, centreweighted and spot metering are also available.