Fuji X-M1; first look

Fujifilm announce the new Fujifilm X-M1, the latest addition to the X series.

Building on the success of the X-Pro 1 and X-E1, Fuji have added a more consumer friendly camera to the lineup. Boasting the same APS-C sensor as it’s siblings, the X-M1 is going to offer some of the highest quality available in a more manageable style.

New features include a regular ‘Scene’ mode on the top dial, enhanced creative filters inside and Wi-Fi. This could be the biggest selling point for the XM, you are now able to transfer your best photos direct to your smartphone or tablet and upload using your preferred method. The jpeg files that come out of Fuji’s X series has always blown us away, the ability to instantly share them offers up something very welcome.

There are a few omissions worthy of note, mainly the Pro Neg and Dynamic Monochrome Film presets have disappeared. There’s no viewfinder of any description, replaced with a 3 inch tilting screen. There’s also the redesigned layout to fit everything on a smaller camera, with no buttons for exposure as found on the X-Pro and X-E, Fuji now claim for easy one handed operation using just your right hand.

The X-M1 continues Fuji’s neat retro-inspired design and the camera will be available in 3 colour ways, there’s black on black, black on silver and a new tan on silver to choose from. The tan model will be released a little after the others, expected in August as opposed to July.

With an RRP of £679 for the X-M1 and XC 16-50mm kit it’s an attractive proposition for those moving up from a more compact camera.

Fujifilm has launched two new lenses with the X-M1.

The Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f/3.5-56 OIS will be the new kit lens for the X-M1. Featuring Fuji’s precision optics but this time around mounted in a plastic body, hence the XC instead of XF in the title. Despite this the 16-50mm offers a slightly wider angle than it’s sibling, the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4, and retains the nippy autofocus of other X series lenses.

The Fujifilm XF 27mm f/2.8 ‘pancake’ prime lens is the smallest lens available for the X series. Coming in at under an inch and weighing just 78g the lens has shed it’s manual aperture ring to become a svelte addition to the new smaller camera. The X-Pro and X-E1 will both be receiving firmware updates to allow the camera to control the aperture on these new lenses. Coupled with the new XM-1 the 27mm represents a similar sized option to the Fuji X100s, with the benefit of a wide variety of optional lenses.

Posted by Iconography Ltd
25th June 2013

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