Our Fujifilm X-M1 review: big photo quality in a small package?

We’ve completed our review of the Fujifilm X-M1, which is the company’s lowest-priced X-Trans-based mirrorless camera. It takes the sensor from the X-E1 and X-Pro1 and puts it in a simpler, more portable body. Fujifilm also added a tilting 3-inch LCD and Wi-Fi, which puts the X-M1 on much the same level as mirrorless cameras like the Panasonic Lumix GF6 and Sony NEX-5T. For a detailed look at the X-M1, click the link below.

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Fujifilm X-M1

Comments

TorsteinH

Gold award for a camera with slow focus that takes close to 1 sec to focus and then a seond delay until next shoot. But maybee I’m missing something…?

Jogger

you missed the part of “big photo quality in a small package”

mpgxsvcd

I know that this camera applies noise reduction to RAW files. Normally I would say that this is a bad thing. However, after looking at the samples I have to say that it looks like the noise reduction is as good as any external program would do.

I can’t find a fault at all with the image quality from this camera. The photos look fantastic. If it had the lens lineup and video features that m4/3s has then I would definitely consider purchasing one.

ovatab

@ Jeff Keller
where is the Chinatown gate picture?

photo perzon

I paired the X-M1 to my iPhone and it worked great. What is special about the X-M1 is that at a party, it is the same size as an Olympus E-PM2 or PL5. (With the 27mm pancake or the 18mm.)

That is new. The X-E1 or X100S are larger to show.

Also with a pancake one can use a small OVF. Clever.

Also the flash is tiltable to bounce to the ceiling. Very nice effect.

Karroly

And when NOT at a party, is it still the same size ?

photo perzon

I got my X-M1 and 16-50 and 27mm 2.8 lens on eBay from China for a $ 250 savings over USA prices. Free 1 week shipping.

abortabort

Also this seems like a much shorter review than usual, I didn’t see much about menus etc so wanted to know if any of the buttons on the rear can be configured?

abortabort

Actually, is part of this review missing? It keeps referring to ‘we’ll cover this later’ then never does, such as when talking about the fn button. For example what does the AF button do? Does it AF? Does it allow setting AF point or does it change AF mode? What does the macro button do? Can it be reconfigured? How is auto-ISO set up in this camera and what parameters can be configured? Can you switch the control dials around so that the the top dial is aperture and the rear shutter?

Sorry but the review just seems to skip over a lot of the ‘controls’ of thus camera and focuses a lot of the time saying how IQ is identical to other X cams, which is fair enough as it probably is.

Andy Westlake

The AF button selects the AF point – it doesn’t initiate AF. The macro button allows close focusing (which speeds up AF in normal shooting). Auto ISO allows setting of maximum ISO and minimum shutter speed, but the latter only across the same limited range as the X100/X100S. The dials can’t be reconfigured – the only customisable control on the X-M1 is the Fn button.

abortabort

Page 1 says “Built-in Wi-Fi with remote camera control and image transfer to mobile device or PC” but then later says remote control is not possible.

Andy Westlake

Thanks for pointing that out, the line in the introduction was wrong. Remote camera control is not available.

zakaria

thanks for the very quick review and for this effort . Hope to see something similar to the Pentax k50

SRT3lkt

K50 is water resistant though

rsf3127

I don’t get all the hype about these fuji cameras. The image samples look dull, mushy, without contrast and unsharp when compared to NEX and the 100D either in RAW or JPEG. The ergonomy is ok and the build quality is nice, but this does not compensate for the IQ problem.

AndreaV

Well, I own a Fuji x-Pro1 and a Sony NEX-5… the quality of the Fuji is definitely superior (most of all at high ISO) and I would say is on par with at least some FF cameras (I compared with a friend’s Nikon D600) and with my Canon 1D mark III. Have you ever tried to use one of these Fujis yourself?

D1N0

That is probably why dpreview have scored the iq higher than any of the examples you have given. They must be utterly incompetent. Either that or you are.

TrojMacReady

I think a lot people put large emphasis on high ISO.

But I agree that at low ISO it does come a bit short compared to most of its peers, due the X-Trans design. A bit softer RAW files (for which you can partially compensate), a bit mushy greens in general due to the different color filters and moiré problems with diagonal lines (see test charts). And even at high ISO, you should substract about half a stop from indicated ISO’s compared to most of its peers for the camera being a bit too optimistic in this regard.

cantanima

Quite a few stories are suggesting that the most widespread tools (Adobe, etc.) don’t process the RAW files nearly as well as they could. From what I read, Iridient seems to do the best job by far. If dpr is using Adobe, that could be a problem.

Northgrove

Agreed, I strongly recommend professionals to look at the RAW import. There’s quite a difference especially with this new X-Trans technology. Here’s a DPReview user who has compared Lightroom 4.4 with Iridient 2.1.1 output, clearly showing the better clarity with Iridient: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51732276?image=3

D1N0

It takes photo’s as good as the x-pro1 so the gold award is deserved.

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