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)

Design Differences

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.

From the front it's immediately clear just how much smaller the X-M1 is, compared to the X-E1. The two cameras do share an obvious family resemblance though.
From the back the differences are more extreme. The X-M1 has no eye-level viewfinder, but uses a tilting screen instead. The four-way controller gives direct access to key functions, so that despite the X-M1's fewer buttons it doesn't give up too much control. It doesn't have dedicated AE-L /AF-L or metering mode buttons, but gains a movie record button (dedicated stills shooters may be disappointed that this can't be reassigned or inactivated).
At first glance the top layout is very similar between the two cameras, but while both have two top-plate dials, they have very different functions. Instead of the X-E1's shutter speed and aperture dials, the X-M1 has an exposure mode dial and and modal control dial - an approach that's likely to be instantly familiar to anyone who's used a modern camera.

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.