Fuji X-M1 review

Fujifilm's smaller, more affordable X-series CSC

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Since the Fuji X-M1 has the same sensor as the Fuji X-Pro1 and the Fuji X-E1, albeit with a different processing engine, we were reasonably confident that it would be capable of performing in a similar way. Both of these previous cameras impressed us, even giving full-frame cameras a run for their money.

We're pleased to say that the Fuji X-M1 doesn't disappoint. Images are bright and punchy without being overly vibrant, while the amount of detail resolved is fantastic. To really appreciate the amount of detail resolved, be sure to have a look at the full resolution sample images on the following pages.

Shooting in the 'standard' film mode is a replication of the Provia film stock, and gives images a pleasing filmic quality. If you want to boost colours, switching to Velvia increases contrast and saturation and works well in a variety of conditions - though it may make some colours, such as the greens in grass, look unnatural.

Fuji X M1 review

Other options available to use as a film simulation include black and white, which is rendered pretty nicely. The good thing about using simulations is that you can shoot in raw format, should you decide to make your own edits further down the line, for which you'll want to work with a 'clean' image.

Digital filters are also available, including Toy Camera and Dynamic Tone. The range available on the Fuji X-M1 isn't as wide as on rival cameras, such as the Olympus E-PL5 or Sony NEX-3N, which is a little disappointing. You also lose both the capability to keep creative control over aperture and shutter speed, as well as the ability to shoot in raw format - so whatever you shoot, you'll be stuck with.

Generally, automatic white balance does a good job of reproducing accurate colours without presenting a colour cast. It does struggle slightly when shooting under warm artificial lights, erring slightly towards warm tones. It seems to have improved since the Fuji X-Pro1 though, but if you find the camera is struggling, switching to a more appropriate white balance setting is pretty easy.

Fuji X M1 review

All purpose metering (known as 'photometry' in Fuji language) also does a reasonable job in the majority of conditions, providing balanced exposures even when shooting in high contrast situations. Again, if the camera is struggling, switching to spot metering is beneficial.

Low light performance is good, with the large sensor helping to capture the maximum amount of light possible. Noise is well controlled throughout the lower sensitivity ranges, while detail is still retained impressively well. There's very little evidence of image smoothing, especially at lower ISO values.

Once you start to hit the higher values of around ISO 1600, noise does start to become evident, but only if examining images closely at 100%. Images up at the very high sensitivities, such as ISO 3200, are still useable at standard printing and web sizes (such as A4/US letter size).

Fuji X M1 review

Autofocusing speeds are not one of the advertised selling points of the Fuji X-M1, and it's true to say that it can't compete with the lightning-quick speeds of cameras such as the Panasonic GF6 or Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2. But for most everyday situations it copes reasonably well, only hunting slightly in low contrast situations or lower light.

What is quick is start-up times and shot to shot times. There's barely any time between shots, making it a useful camera to use for street photography and the like when you want to capture the moment.

When using the Fuji X-M1 with the kit lens, it's ready to go as soon as you switch on the camera, unlike the kit lens that comes packaged with the Olympus PEN series, which needs to be extended to work.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x
Brand NameFujifilm
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, MOV
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEuP, REACH, RoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height66 mm
Width116.8 mm
Depth33 mm
Focal Length16 mm to 50 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerFuji Photo Film Co. Ltd
Product ModelX-M1
Product NameX-M1 Mirrorless Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberP10NC11650A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.fujifilm.co.uk
Marketing Information
  • D-SLR quality in a compact body.
  • The large APS-C 16M X-Trans CMOS and EXR PROCESSOR II achieve impressive colour reproduction and high resolution.
  • One Handed Operation & versatile 3.0-inch, 920K-dot Tilting LCD screen.
  • Select from our diverse range of X mount interchangeable lenses.
  • Wireless Image Transfer allows instant sharing via mobile devices.
Package Contents
  • X-M1 Mirrorless Camera
  • FUJINON XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS
  • Li-Ion Battery NP-W126
  • Battery Charger BC-W126
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Owner's Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year