Camera Focus: X-M1 from Fujifilm

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Fujifilm’s range of Compact System Cameras (CSCs) typically caters for enthusiast and professional photographers, but its latest model, the X-M1, is a different proposition. This is aimed at more mainstream users, and it’s the smallest and lightest compact system camera the manufacturer has produced to date.

Those looking for a distinctive camera will be pleased at the aesthetic that Fujifilm has adopted here. The X-M1 features a slightly retro exterior and is available in black, silver, and brown. But that’s where Fujifilm’s appreciation of the past ends, as the X-M1 is packed full of features.

The X-M1 is the first to come with Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity. This enables users to instantly transfer pictures to computers, tablets and smartphones, while photos can be sent to the instax SHARE Smartphone Printer SP-1 at any time.

Precious space was saved by abandoning any sort of viewfinder. Instead, the Fujifilm X-M1 features a 3-inch, 921k-dot LCD screen. This screen can be tilted if you need a different perspective on a shot, or if bright light is causing issues with framing. This more compact size means that the Fujifilm X-M1 is quite easy to use one-handed and ensures that the camera can be taken with you, wherever you go.

Despite its compact body, the X-M1 offers DSLR-class image quality. It captures noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100 all the way up to 6400, and the RAW files are usable throughout the range of ISO 200-6400. If night photography is your thing, you’ll be glad to hear that the X-M1 performs well in low-light settings. Its maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds is long enough for most shots at night, and the Bulb mode allows for longer exposures, if required.

The X-M1 looks great, is compact enough to carry around, and, most importantly, delivers exceptional image quality.

The Fujifilm X-M1 is available from Harvey Norman for €550.

In Short: Fujifilm’s X-M1 has a broader appeal, and a more wallet-friendly price tag, than some of its other Compact System Cameras, but it doesn’t skimp on features.

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