Fujifilm X-M1 Compact Digital Camera

If you are not capable of extracting that good amount of fruit of labor to buy and hence take full use of the X-E1 and X-Pro 1 of Fujifilm, then you would be glad to see another X model from the company that costs only $800 but with a superb image quality. Aside from a cheaper price, the X-M1, which is our gadget for today also boasts of a premium APS-C sensor to jam with the bigger kin, and is in fact the smallest entry- to mid-level mirrorless compact camera of the company’s retro-styled series. Should you be worried at such a good deal? We’ll go into more details.

Looking at the aesthetics and build quality of the Fujifilm X-M1, the camera is indeed petite and relatively smaller than its predecessors. The X-M1 also maintained that retro style featured in the series, but a little less actually making it more modern looking and predictably advanced in form. Measuring 116.9×66.5x39mm, the X-M1 is also surprisingly light for all its goodies at only 330 grams with accessories on it. Being with interchangeable lenses, the X-M1 is capable of mounting the long line of Fujifilm X-mount lenses.

The front side of the camera looks familiar, but not too crowded to make it look advanced and serious. At first, the Fujifilm X-M1 comes in brown or black or silver body, and the dominant color is the faux leather rounding up the front to the side surfaces. The front only has the X-M1 name on the upper right, the lens-off trigger on the bottom left of the lens mounting area, and the AF assist lamp. The top surface comes with a flash that you can manually tilt to bounce light, a hotshoe, stereo microphone holes, a full-sized mode dial, the shutter button surrounded by the power switch lever, and another dial for setting up exposure controls.

The main control interface of the X-M1 features a 920k-dot LCD display that is not touch capable unfortunately, but is capable of tilting vertically to aid shooting in weird and demanding angles. The display is bright and good enough shooting even under direct sunlight, with good management against glares and reflections. Next to the LCD comes the playback button, a video record button, a thumb rest with another control ring as a secondary control for exposure, the 4-way buttons ringing around the OK/Menu button, a display/return button, and a Q-button for quickly accessing widely used or basic controls.

The Mode Dial features the same amount of modes to choose from, but adds some more weird or confusing modes like an Advanced SR Auto mode, Scene position mode, a typical scene mode, and another supposed-to-be-auto mode that is said to be more for the dumb users. I do not mean to offend anyone here, but that’s a real load of auto-modes that would not really fit for entry to mid-level users, not to mention that it does not really complement this mid-range compact camera as well.

The Fujifilm X-M1 comes with the said APS-C ‘X-Trans’ CMOS sensor at 16.3MP. The said technology omits the need for an optical low-pass filter or simply called an anti-aliasing filter, allowing more details to push through to rival even the full-frame SLRs of today. As to the output or image quality, the X-M1 is really good with pronouncing reproduction the professional way. Details and sharpness are some real notable features to talk about in image quality, and luckily, even at ISO 6400, noise is kept to the minimum. Dynamic range is also superb, and low-light shooting is at least up to par. Thanks also to the EXR Processor II, the X-M1 is capable of giving off juice in handling chromatic aberrations, color reproduction, and even other forms of distortions. Unluckily, the loss of the AA filter is detrimental to the video quality as jagged lines are very obvious.

And just to give a special note, the Fujifilm X-M1 is not really speedy if we are talking about professional-level performance. The X-M1 boots and sets itself ready for the first shot at a little more than a second, and the shots in between or the shutter lag is not really good for sports or chasing kids or dogs. Some controls are practically difficult also, including the absence of an aperture ring around the compatible lenses, a non-customizable Q-button, not having a quick button for exposure metering, and no AE lock shortcut.

Lastly, I would like to mention that X-M1 for its price and for its list of insufficiencies, is coping up by adding Wi-Fi capability that links well to smartphones. The app of Fujifilm isn’t really that ripe and capable yet, so this would be a poor option if you were into productivity more than being techie. All features are backed with a better battery that is said to be good for 350 shots.

Fujifilm X-M1 Compact Digital Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 35,000.00

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