Fujifilm X-M1

Estimated Street Price: $799 (with new XC16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS zoom)

INTRODUCED 6/2013

The newest member of Fujifilm’s mirrorless X-camera family is also the smallest, at 4.6×2.6×1.5 inches and 9.9 ounces. Yet it contains the same Fujifilm 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor as the X-Pro1 and X-E1, and can use all the same X-mount lenses. For the technically minded, the sensor uses a Fujifilm original color filter array with a randomized pattern that minimizes moiré and thus eliminates the need for an optical low-pass filter, providing added sharpness over conventional Bayer-array sensors. The EXR Processor II complements the sensor, enhancing image quality and providing quick startup. Normal ISO range is 200-6400, expandable to 100-25600.

One reason why it’s smaller than its older brothers is that the X-M1 doesn’t have an eye-level viewfinder; however, its big 3-inch LCD screen tilts for easy composition. And the X-M1 has room for the same lithium-ion battery as its larger siblings, good for around 350 shots per charge.

Another thing the X-M1 has that its siblings lack is built-in Wi-Fi for easy wireless image transfer to your smartphone or tablet. The compact design positions all dials and buttons on the right for easy one-handed operation.

Fujifilm’s legacy in color film transfers well to digital with film simulation modes, including Provia (neutral colors), Velvia (dramatic rich colors) and Astia (beautiful skin tones). The X-M1 can shoot up to 5.6 fps, and you can do multiple exposures, using the first image as a guide to position the second on the LCD monitor. Contrast-based AF includes face detection and subject tracking.

Video capabilities include 1080p and 720p at 30 fps in MOV format with H.264 compression, and stereo sound via built-in microphone.

STANDOUT FEATURE: The X-Pro1 sensor in a smaller package.

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