Zindanfel: "The X-M1 is also the first in the series to feature a direct movie record button on the back of the camera to initiate recording at any time."
The XF1 has a movie record button on the back of the camera, but maybe it's not "direct," i.e., if another button has to be pushed first to energize it. (?)
The XF-1 movie button is direct. So is the X-S1 movie button. The latter has been out for over a year so it would be the first X-series camera to have it, which is just a minor point. But the review (which you quoted) said the the X-M1 is the first X-series to have this, so it's just an error by the reviewer. No big deal but just to be accurate.
Posted similar before, if you meant that the X-M1 is the first X-series system camera with a record button, then I guess that's correct, but the X-S1 would be the first X-series camera (but not an X-series system - i.e. interchangeable lenses) with a dedicated movie recording button.
bill2reg: The X-S1 also has a dedicated movie record button. It is an X-series camera, although it is not an interchangeable lens camera.
I haven't noticed that. Were you using digital zoom? That does degrade jpegs somewhat. But with optical zoom only, and IS active, I shoot RAW+jpeg, and if the jpeg isn't good, I can almost always get a great result from the RAW and post-processing.
MarcMedios: I just bought the X20 and am thrilled with it. I can't see myself spending any serious money for an advanced camera without a viewfinder
I bought an X-20. I was unimpressed with the hybrid viewfinder. Hard to use in low light and of course of no use when shooting macro or super-macro. The lens also obstructed part of the view in wide angle, and the display text is black also (until you press the shutter half way). I returned it and bought the X-S1. It has an excellent EVF which is invaluable for my macros (I shoot a lot of macros). Add the fact that is has a tilting LCD screen and I could not be happier. Despite the different sensors, image quality on both cameras are fine, IF you shoot RAW. X-20 jpegs were disappointing and over exposure seemed to be an issue on many shots but RAW gave good, sharp results. The X-S1 seems to handle most shooting situations better, but RAW is still better than jpeg.
The X-S1 also has a dedicated movie record button. It is an X-series camera, although it is not an interchangeable lens camera.
chrisfromalaska: 460k LCD, disappointing - especially for critical manual focusing. If Sony can put a LCD with twice the resolution on a significantly smaller camera (see Nex), Fuji can up the resolution on this one. Its not a size issue, its cost cutting. Low resolution and it doesn't tilt. Maybe Fuji gets it right with the XE2.
Edit: 1080p with only Aperture control, ugh, who wants to shoot video with the ISO and shutter speed constantly jumping around.
Who would use an LCD for "critical manual focusing"? You'll get a much better view in the EVF on this camera, since it's 2.36M OLED. And also there is available up to 3x magnification in the EVF to check focus.
I have always used my EVF (on my older Fuji S series) to compose and review shots since it's so much more visible out in bright light than the LCD is. Now and then I'll use the LCD for a super-macro or such, but overall the EVF is perfect.
And no serious photographer would be looking at photos on the LCD other than maybe a quick check. We always transfer to a device with a good display.
As far as I know, shutter speed isn't really and issue for video, since the frame rate is usually one of the standards (24 or 30 fps).