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 – LCD, live view and video
Unlike the other cameras in Fuji’s X series, the X-M1 does not have an optical or electronic viewfinder. Instead, all images must be composed on the rear 3in, 920,000-dot tilting LCD screen. Being able to articulate the screen through 90° for shooting at low angles or from above head height is particularly useful, and it is a feature that I miss on other cameras.
The screen was difficult to see in bright sunlight, although there are five different levels of brightness it can be set to, as well as a dedicated sunlight mode. This mode increases the brightness of the screen in sunny conditions to enable better composition. However, I did found that the increase in brightness was a little misleading when it came to setting the exposure. This is not necessarily a complaint about the X-M1 in particular, just a note that it is always worth checking the histogram to see whether an image is in reality as bright or dark as it seems on screen.
Video footage can be captured at 1920×1080-pixel full HD resolution at 30fps, and saved as an MOV file with H.264 compression. Around 14mins of continuous footage can be saved at full HD setting, or around 27mins if resolution is reduced to 1280×720 pixels.