The premium Fujifilm X-M1 is the third model in the company’s interchangeable lens camera system. It’s a lightweight camera that includes the same 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor used in the X-Pro1and X-E1.
The X-M1 will ship with a newly-designed Fujinon XC16-50 mm (24-76 mm equivalent) f/3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens. The lens consists of 12 all glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element.
The X-M1 uses the same mount as the X-Pro1 and X-E1, and all XF and XC lenses will work with it.
The sensor has a unique colour filter array that minimizes moiré and false colour without the need for an optical low pass filter. This makes it possible for the camera to achieve extremely high resolution, says the company.
Users can set the sensor sensitivity from ISO 200 to as high as ISO 6400 in 1/3 step increments, and even take advantage of the extended range of ISO 100 and ISO 25600 to obtain what Fuji says are amazingly clear, low-noise images in low-light conditions at night or indoors.
Together with the EXR Processor II, the X-M1 delivers a start-up time of 0.5 seconds, a shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and a maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames per second (max. 30 frames).
The camera weighs 330 g (11.6oz) and measures 116.9 x 66.5 x 39 mm (4.6 x 2.6 x 1.5 in.), about half the size of a traditional DSLR body.
The X-M1 features a 3-inch high resolution LCD screen which tilts at variable vertical angles.
The body includes a built-in flash and Super Intelligent Flash technology that automatically controls flash strength according to scene types to reduce highlight clipping.
The X-M1 features a WiFi button that lets users transfer photos and movies from the camera to their smartphone, tablet and computer. To connect the X-M1 to a smartphone or tablet, users can download a free app to their iPhone / iPad or Android smartphone or tablet device to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time. The app also lets users download movies.
All of the adjustable buttons and dials are positioned on the right side of the camera’s rear LCD panel. When holding the camera with your right hand, the placement of the buttons allows access to all functions and adjustable settings. The Mode Dial gives access to the Advanced SR Auto function, which automatically recognizes each scene and selects the best settings for sharp and clear images.
The Advanced Filter function gives users a range of creative filters, including Pop Colour, Toy Camera and Partial Colour. The use of two Command Dials allows users to effortlessly adjust the aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation, while frequently-used functions are given individual buttons. Users can choose a separate Multiple Exposure function.
Other features: in-camera RAW processing; Film Simulation modes (Velvia, Astia, Provia, Sepia, and Black & White); and Full HD movie 1080p\30fps and built-in stereo microphone.
The Fujifilm X-M1 (body only) will be available in black and silver in July for $699.95. The camera and XC16-50 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens (kit) will be available in July for $799.95. The X-M1 (body only) will be available in brown in August.