Fujifilm X-M1 Review
Fujifilm X-M1 compared to X-E1
- Exposure mode dial and modal control dials in place of shutter speed and exposure compensation
- No eye-level viewfinder
- No mechanical cable release option
- No microphone input socket
- No electronic level gauge
- No AE-L/AF-L button (but available on Fn)
- No focus mode switch (set via Q menu)
- Fewer film simulation modes (Provia/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, Astia/Soft, B+W and Sepia only)
- Tilting rear screen, 920k dot 3:2 (vs 460k dot 4:3)
- Direct movie record button
- Face detect and subject tracking autofocus
- Improved focus control in movie mode (fixed/continuous/manual)
The X-M1 is a very different camera from the next model up in the range, the retro-styled X-E1. Here we take a detailed look at how the two cameras compare.
The X-M1 is a very petite camera - it's not the smallest APS-C mirrorless model out there, but it may just be the smallest that offers proper two-dial control. Below we're putting its size into perspective by placing it alongside other cameras of interest.
Size compared to Canon EOS 100D (Rebel SL1) and EOS M
|Canon EOS 100D + EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, Fujifilm X-M1 + XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS, Canon EOS M + EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM|
Here's the Fujifilm X-M1 sitting in between the smallest SLR on the market, the Canon EOS 100D, and one of the smallest APS-C mirrorless models, the Canon EOS M. The X-M1 is much more compact than the SLR, despite having about the same size sensor and if anything, slightly more external control. It's not so much larger than the EOS M, either, despite having a vastly more photographer-friendly control layout.
Size compared to Fujifilm X-E1 and X-Pro1
|Fujifilm X-E1 + XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS, Fujifilm X-M1 + XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6, Fujifilm X-Pro1 + XF 35mm F1.4 R|
Here's the X-M1 in between the other X-system models, the X-E1 and X-Pro1. It's very much smaller than the latter, and we suspect one or two X-Pro1 owners may well eye it up as a more portable backup that can still use their XF lenses and offer the same image quality. It's also significantly more compact than the X-E1 - which itself isn't exactly huge.