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

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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.

  1. 1. Fujifilm X-M1 at a glance:
  2. 2. Fujifilm X-M1 review - Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens
  3. 3. Fujifilm X-M1 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Fujifilm X-M1 review - Metering
  5. 5. Fujifilm X-M1 review - Autofocus
  6. 6. Fujifilm X-M1 review - White balance and colour
  7. 7. Fujifilm X-M1 review - Dynamic range
  8. 8. Fujifilm X-M1 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. Fujifilm X-M1 review - LCD, live view and video
  10. 10. Fujifilm X-M1 review - The competition
  11. 11. Fujifilm X-M1 review - Our verdict
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