Fuji X-M1 review

Fujifilm's smaller, more affordable X-series CSC

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Fuji X-M1 with the Sony NEX-3N, Fuji X-E1, Olympus E-PM2 and Panasonic GF6. The Fuji X-M1 has the greatest sensitivity range of all the cameras here.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Fuji XM1 review

As we can see from this graph, JPEGs from the Fuji X-M1 contain greater signal to noise ratios than JPEGs from the Olympus E-PM2 at every sensitivity setting, though they have weaker ratios than those from the Fuji X-E1 at every sensitivity. The Fuji X-M1's JPEG images have greater signal to noise ratios than those from the Panasonic GF6 at every setting except ISO 200 and 400, and are stronger than the Sony NEX-3N's at ISO 3200 and 6400, score similar results at ISO 800 and 1600 and are weaker at ISO 200, 400 and 12800.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Fuji XM1 review

The Fuji X-M1's TIFF images (after conversion from raw) are comparatively weaker than its JPEGs in terms of signal to noise ratios, producing weaker ratios than TIFFs from the Sony NEX-3N, Olympus E-PM2 and Fuji X-E1 at every sensitivity setting. However, the X-M1's TIFFs do contain greater signal to noise ratios than those from the Panasonic GF6 throughout the sensitivity range.

JPEG dynamic range

JPEG Dynamic Range

Although the X-M1's JPEG dynamic range appears to be quite poor when compared with other cameras in our labs test this is mostly likely to be due to the level of contrast that Fuji wants in its JPEG images. In our real world testing, we have found that the camera is more than capable of producing images with pleasant contrast and vibrant colours throughout the sensitivity range. Switching to raw shooting produces a dynamic range performance which is much closer to the other cameras on test. The raw files have a significantly wider tonal range that gives greater scope for post capture adjustment, while the JPEGs are intended to look good straight from the camera.

To eliminate any variations, we have tested more than one X-M1 model on several occasions.

Raw dynamic range

Fuji XM1 review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Fuji X-M1 contain greater dynamic range than those from the Panasonic GF6 at every sensitivity setting, and greater range than TIFFs from the Sony NEX-3N at every sensitivity except ISO 3200 and 6400. But the Fuji X-M1's TIFFs show weaker dynamic range than the Olympus E-PM2's TIFFs at every sensitivity setting. The Fuji X-M1's TIFFs have a weaker range than the Fuji X-E1's at ISO 400, 800 and 6400, similar range at ISO 200 and 1600, and slightly stronger range at ISO 3200.

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