Fujifilm X-M1 Review

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Overview of the Fujifilm X-M1 Camera

The design of the Fujifilm X-M1 is very appealing with the retro look, which will easily attract many photographers everywhere. The design is great and the camera does bring fun when you use it.

However, the beautiful design is not enough for many photographers. Other features are also not less important, especially the image quality and the performance. Because the starting price of the X-M1 is slightly higher than other similar DIL (digital interchangeable lens) models, which means the performance needs to be a little better than average.

The good thing is that this Fujifilm X series can meet the expectations of most photographers in regards of those aspects.

In comparison with other similar DIL cameras for beginners, the image quality is better and the performance is faster with the X-M1 while the shutter lag is minimal. There is an inclusion of APS-C sized image sensor, using the CMOS technology with this camera. And the size is quite common among DSLR models. With this CMOS image sensor, you can obtain good images even in low light conditions and when you set high ISO levels. The resolution of the LCD screen is also high, which is an outstanding aspect of this camera.

There are many other DIL cameras which has the slightly lower price than the Fujifilm X-M1 for a couple hundred dollars less and cannot compared to the X-M1. It’s the large image sensor and stylish design which are really worth your money

Summary of the Fujifilm X-M1 Camera

Specifications

  • Resolution:16.3 megapixels
  • Optical zoom: N/A, uses interchangeable lenses
  • 3.0-inch LCD has the 920,000-pixel resolution
  • The image size:4896 x 3264 pixels at maximum
  • The camera use a Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • The dimensions are 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.5 inches
  • The weight is 11.6 ounces (with battery and memory card included)
  • The image sensor: is APS-C sized: 23.6 x 15.6 mm (0.93 x 0.62 in.)
  • A HD 1080p movie mode is supported

Pros

  • Stylish and retro look is easy to attract photographers
  • The photos are great with the large image sensor
  • High-resolution screen can be tilted
  • Popup flash results in good low light image quality
  • Inclusion of Q menu is great for shortcuts to settings

Cons

  • The LCD is not fully rotated
  • Some aspects of the menus are confusing to use
  • Shutter lag is a problem sometimes
  • The price tag is a little high
  • Wi-Fi connectivity is a nice feature, but it’s a little confusing to set up
Fujifilm X-M1 Camera Review for Buyers

Fujifilm X-M1 Camera Review & Buy

 

Detail Review of the Fujifilm X-M1 Camera

Image Quality

The image quality is great with the inclusion of a large APS-C sized image sensor using the CMOS technology. You even can shoot great photos in low light conditions with this image sensor. Especially, the performance is great when you set the ISO at the mid-to-high range. With those settings, the noise has been minimized.

You can use the built-in popup flash for low light conditions to obtain photos of good quality. Otherwise, using an external flash which can be attached via the camera’s hot shoe is a not bad option.

There are two images format you can use, including: the JPEG and RAW formats, which is not common among DIL cameras.  There are many advanced manual control settings with the X-M1. Therefore, you can easily control over the final output as little or as much as you want.

The X-M1 produces images of good quality for most of the time when manual control modes or automatic modes are selected. The overall image quality may be a little bit below a DSLR camera but just by a tiny amount, compared to that with a camera of the similar price point. Actually, because of the small differences, you will not pay attention to them for most of the time.

Performance

The time for starting up the X-M1 is short. And the delays from shot to shot is minimized. The two mentioned aspects are all important for such a camera with interchangeable lens in this price range. However, the shutter lag is noticeable with the X-M1, which is pretty common for most DIL cameras. You will not have to concern much about this flaw, but for those who are accustomed to the capacity of a DSLR camera to basically minimize the shutter lag in the viewfinder mode, this lag may make you a little bit concerned.

The video recordings work well with X-M1 and the maximum resolution for recoding movies is full 1080p HD with  up to 30 frames per second. You can also find it easier to get the focus quickly with the manual focus which rings on the kit lens.

Although there is an inclusion of the Wi-Fi connectivity option, you should not expect too much on it. This Wi-Fi will work best in cases that you want to share photos between the camera and a smartphone or a tablet.

Design

You will easily be attracted with the appealing retro look of the Fujifilm X-M1 in which feel and look of this camera body is very great. You can enjoy the advantages of a sturdy build quality and you will not see any part of this Fujifilm camera body that feels as if the corners are cut sharp.

There are both good and bad sides of the menu design with the X-M1. While the inconsistent use of subcategories may confuse some photographers, the organization of the menus is a good job of Fujifilm from a top-level point of view.

The Quick menu is included with the X-M1, which is a very nice feature. You can open this quick menu via using the Q button located in the back of the camera and quickly get access to all of the X-M1 setting options. It would be nicer if there were an inclusion of a touch screen LCD, which would be easier for beginning photographers to handle the Quick menu feature. Despite this lack, the performance is still very great.

And the resolution of this LCD screen is large, which helps create high-quality images. Because there is no viewfinder, you will have to use the LCD screen to frame the photos. Therefore, it is nice to see a good picture on the screen. There remains some small problems with the glare when you shoot photos directly under the sunlight, but you can deal with this problem by increasing the brightness level of the LCD at a proper level/

You can tilt the X-M1’s LCD, with this camera. This is handy for both using this camera on a tripod and for dealing with glare. However, it would have been better if the LCD screen can fully rotate for taking self-portraits easily.

 

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