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Features

The Fujifilm X-M1 can be comfortably used as a point-and-shoot camera, and enthusiasts will find a huge selection of manual features to dive into, as well. The camera has a large selection of special effects, plus Fuji's popular Film Simulation modes. Naturally, the X-M1 also records Full HD video. We'll cover all of those - and more - below.

Shooting Modes

As one would expect, you can access all of the X-M1's shooting modes via its mode dial. Unlike the top control dial to its right, the mode dial is 'stiffer', which makes 'accidents' unlikely.

The X-M1's mode dial has the P/A/S/M modes that one would expect from an enthusiast mirrorless camera, plus an auto mode, special effects, and scene modes for the point-and-shoot crowd.

So what are those spots on the mode dial all about? Here's a quick rundown:

Shooting mode Description
Auto Your standard point-and-shoot mode, with most shooting options locked up.
Advanced SR Auto (SR+) Similar to the regular Auto mode, but with scene selection.
Program AE Automatic shooting with full menu access. The 'Program Shift' feature allows you to adjust the aperture/shutter speed combination by using the real dial.
Shutter priority AE Allows user to adjust the shutter speed, with a range of 30 - 1/4000 secs.
Aperture priority AE Allows user to adjust the aperture. Range depends on lens used.
Manual exposure User can adjust both aperture and shutter speed. Same ranges as above, but with added 'bulb' mode for even longer exposures.
Custom settings Store your favorite camera settings in this slot.
Portrait The camera uses the best settings for these three situations.
Landscape
Sport
Scene position (SP) Additional scene modes include portrait enhancer, night, night (tripod), fireworks, sunset, snow, beach, party, flower, text.
Advanced Filters Here you'll find the camera's special effects and a multiple exposure feature.

Everything on that list should be self-explanatory, but the Advanced Filters deserve a quick mention. In addition to a two-shot multiple exposure feature, you'll find special effects such as toy camera, miniature effect, dynamic tone, and partial color.

One feature you won't find on the X-M1 is any kind of panorama shooting mode.

Bracketing

The X-M1 has a whopping four types of bracketing, including for exposure, ISO, Film Simulation mode (mentioned below), and Dynamic Range.

For exposure and ISO bracketing, you can select from 1/3, 2/3, or 1 stop increments between shots. Film Simulation mode bracketing will apply three different effects with a single exposure. DR bracketing cranks up the ISO to 800 and takes photos at DR 100%, 200%, and 400%. But more on that later.

Do note that when shooting Raw images, you can only bracket for exposure - ISO, Film Simulation and Dynamic Range bracketing are all unavailable. This may sound arbitrary, but on balance we prefer it to the situation on Fujifilm's previous X-series cameras, where using these modes turned off RAW recording without warning.

Film Simulation modes

The Film Simulation modes on the X-M1 certainly aren't new, but they're always worth a look. There are five modes to choose from, which include Provia (standard), Velvia (vivid), Astia (soft), monochrome, and sepia. The X-M1 lacks the monochrome filters and Pro Neg (high and standard) modes of the X-E1.

If you shoot Raw, you can change the Film Simulation mode of any photo that you've taken, using the in-camera processor. This lets you go even further than the bracketing feature, though it requires a bit more work.

Provia
Velvia
Astia
Monochrome
Sepia
ISO 800, 1/400 sec, f/14

Focus Modes

There are five focus modes on the X-M1, including 49-point auto, single-point select, continuous, tracking, and manual. In manual focus mode you can enlarge the frame and also take advantage of focus peaking.

Viewing the image at 100% on the LCD. Here's a zoomed-in view, with focus peaking turned on.

Focus peaking puts of a sort of 'glimmer' around the edges of a subject that is in focus. It makes finding your desired focus point considerably easier than rotating the focus ring endlessly. You can use focus peaking when viewing the full frame, or when you're zoomed in.

Highlight/Shadow Tone

The X-M1 has two adjustments for adjusting highlight and shadow tone. For each you can select from soft, med-soft, standard, med-hard, and hard. The soft setting reduces the effect (e.g. reduces contrast in the shadow regions) while the hard setting increases it. You can use these settings separately or combine them to achieve the desired effect. These features aren't true dynamic range adjustments - rather, they make adjustments to the shadow and/or highlight ends of the tone curve.

Highlight Tone

Soft (-2)
Standard (0)
Hard (+2)
ISO 400, 1/34 sec, f/3.6

In standard mode, you can barely make out the letters etched into the yellow glass on the center of the escalator. Dialing highlight tone down to soft makes the lettering visible, while the hard setting has the opposite effect. In this instance, the lower-contrast, 'Soft' setting probably provides a better match between the tone of the scene and the final result.

Shadow Tone

Soft (-2)
Standard (0)
Hard (+2)
ISO 1250, 1/16 sec, f/5.6

As with the highlight tone example, turning down shadow tone lowers the contrast in the shadows, while increasing it boosts it. There is an increase in noise here, though you'll only see it at the pixel level.

These examples show the extremes of each setting. There are 'medium' settings for both highlights and shadows and, as mentioned above, you can adjust both if you'd like.

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Total comments: 217
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Galbertson

If iPad connected to M1 via NFC, will Voice Over in iPad read/speak data/words reflected on camera LCD???

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Yarnim

first of all, ipad does not have an NFC.

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Galbertson

I am confused...thought it didnt matter, that i would only have to physically go into settings and manually connect. Maybe that only for wifi downloading, not NFC??

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apixelpro

I think the text has to be, well, "text" for it to be "read", not a photo of text.

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danielkeller

Does anyone know if the x-m1 has a time lapse mode or a self shutter that takes multiple images or a series of shots?

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gohunter

Sorry, the X-M1 doesn't have a time lapse mode.

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Lynda Barnes

Yes it takes 2 x multiple shots. it also has a choice of 3 or 5 shots per second multi-burst

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digimaan1

I have the XA-1 which is the same body as the XM-1, very bendy plastic especially at the bottom of the grip area near the battery door, it can be pushed in very easily.
However whether the body is magnesium alloy or plastic both would self destruct if dropped onto concrete.
I am more than happy with the results I have got from the XA-1 camera even though DPR gave it a very cursory look, comparing the sensor in this to the x trans sensor I can't really see much difference for the extra money.
In some aspects the bayer sensor looked to me to be sharper.
The only gripe I have is the lack of a grip, but you can buy one for it???
Why not make it that shape in the first place?
Never mind, I'm waiting for my free 27mm pancake lens I hope to receive from Fuji,
which effectively makes the camera free.

0 upvotes
lddo133

The body of X-M1 looks like made in China-like lower grade plastic body. I done't like this body. It is not rule of buissiness. 750 won or dollar! Oh my God!
Ony one want to picture great camera must buy.
The body of X-M1 is bad, truly bad, very Bad.

0 upvotes
caver3d

Stop being so dramatic when you haven't even held this camera. I own the X-M1, and the body is just right for the price. Great camera, by the way. The body of the X-M1 is Good, Truly Good, Very Good.

11 upvotes
JohnLL

Can anyone confirm (or not) that this camera will also work with the regular FX lenses that have an aperture ring, and if so, is the aperture controlled by the ring or by the camera?

0 upvotes
HarvC

Yes, you can switch between lens based controls or rear/top panel toggles. I have xf 35 on my x-m1 and use rear/top controls. Lenses have a "A" mode on dial to switch to rear/top controls.

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G1Houston

When using a Xf lens, how do you assign one of the dials to control shutter speed? For example, by default, in A mode, one is set to control EC while the other Aperture. How do you over ride this when the aperture control on the lens is set to A? Conversely, what do you do when a Xc lens is used on Xe or X pro? I am surprised that the review did not cover these.

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fluxcapacitor

You can get this for £269 with kit lens now after cashback. Bargain?

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AndyH86

Where do I get this for £269 ???

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Hugo808

£369 is the cheapest I've seen, and a fantastic bargain at that price.

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fluxcapacitor

Amazon give you £100 credit and fuji give you £100 cashback
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/fujifilm-x-m1-camera-kit-silver-black-469-plus-100-amazon-credit-plus-100-cashback-1769209

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eiffair

I think there is a mistake in this sentence : "We've been impressed with this 16 megapixel X-Trans APS-C CMOS sensor in our reviews of cameras like the X-E1 and X100S".

If the sensor of the X-M1 is the same as the X-E1, the X100S has a new version of the X-Trans, the X-Trans II. At the moment only the X100S and the new X-E2 have the new X-Trans II.

It is a crucial point, since the different versions of the sensors are what make the differences between Fuji models :
- X-Trans I for X-Pro 1, X-E1 and X-M1
- X-Trans II for X100S and X-E2
- Conventional CMOS sensor for X-A1

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Timmbits

Fuji offers some very nice lenses - many brighter than the competition's equivalents.

Pity that they don't offer a bayer pattern model, with a wider dynamic range.

As things stand now, you have to choose either a good lens, or better sensor. You can't have both. not in APS.

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Northgrove

I've been happy with the DR400 mode even on my X100, which has noisier high ISO performance than this one. The greatest weakness of these modes is the added noise since it's shooting at a higher sensitivity, but really, ISO 800 only has very fine noise on this body so I think the outlook is good for satisfying high DR shooting.

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Scott Birch

Why's the dynamic range lower than the other models? Lower than quite a few mirrorless cameras, in fact.

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Timmbits

indeed it is. you can attribute that to one of two things: either a supplemental condition imposed by a higher proportion of green pixels in the xtrans (over bayer), or simply due to fuji's sensor technology. take your pick... but I doubt Fuji would give us the answer, because they'd have to admit to that first, to answer the question.

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Scott Birch

What I was asking about specifically was the dynamic range of the XM1 compared to the other X-series cameras in the range. I am wondering why there should be a difference with the same sensor.

If you look at the XE1 dynamic range curves, Timmbits, you'll see it fares quite well compared to other cameras.

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Red G8R

I had a Pany GX1 for travel and was considering the GX7 but I've always admired the Xtrans sensor and this might be the compact system for me.

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peevee1

How come this camera got a slightly higher "Performance" rating than E-M5 while it only shoots 6 fps vs 9 (and cannot even run live view at 3 fps), focuses slower, has smaller buffer?

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Realreview

X Trans cmos 6x6 color array with rgb best positioned is the answer for high quality of pics

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Timmbits

very good question.
mind you, there's more to the world than just omdem5...

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zodiacfml

1

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Marijus

Hmm
SONY NEX--6 78% - Silver award.
Fujifilm X-M1 77% - GOLD award.
Can you explain why?
Price is almost the same.
NEX-6 has viewfinde, Fuji - doesn't;

4 upvotes
eivissa1

Better menu, better JPEG's etc.

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Marijus

Realy?
Menu - subjective...
Better JPEG? the difference is so minimal, that you can see it only in some crops.
How about video quality?

4 upvotes
Felix11

I would hope that they are not treating the X-M1 and the Nex-6 in the same class of camera since one has built in EVF.

Sony NEX-6 £600 is excellent value high end device competing with X-E1, E-M5, GX7 etc.

X-M1 £680 is a mid range device competing with NEX-5, E-PL5 etc.

The only justification for the higher price is the faster lenses available for the Fuji. Tough sell!

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guyfawkes

Marijus.

Valid point. Inconsistency in marking. In my school days, too long ago now to remember, lol, 78% was better than 77%. Odd then, that the higher percentage is only deserving of a Silver Award.

But when it boils down to it, whatever we may personally feel, these marks are still subjective, that of the reviewer. Others will undoubtedly think differently.

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Revenant

DPR have explained many times that the scoring system and the awards are unconnected.

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Realreview

Once use it and see picture quality of 6x6 color array of xtrans cmos

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dahod

Overall, I like the new tool. Sometimes the jpegs were taking a long time to refresh but I'm guessing that might be because of a lot of users looking at it right now.

It would be nice to see the Olympus E-5 represented. There's the new E-M1 and other micro 4/3 but no 4/3 system. I know Olympus has said that micro 4/3 is their future but it would be a shame to not include the E-5 and it's 4/3 lenses for comparison.

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dahod

Sorry - this was meant for the new test scene article - my bad

Thanks
Dave

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Ross Murphy

looks like a great little camera and some people just need to get over the OVF and xtrans sensor thing, I love my 5D3 and my x100s and want Canon to produce this with a 16mp CMOS sensor and fast AF.

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Kendunn

There is just no getting around that an OVF is a wonderful thing and the lack of one can certainly be a deal breaker for many people

2 upvotes
SeeRoy

Fuji are trying to run through the entire alphabet quicker than any other manufacturer, it seems. Thankfully I narrowly escaped buying an X "Pro"1 when it was released and have had no difficulty avoiding the plethora of subsequent "X's". Thank Dog for M4/3.
Anyway Krockwell says that the "colour's no good for landscape" - so there! Imagine what he'd have to say if he ever got to handle one.
Oops. Krockwell was reviewing/imagining the X-A1 which has a Bayer sensor. maybe this one's sensor's more vegetable-oriented.

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telefunk

Picture DSCF6996 of the sample gallery really makes me scared. Look at the bleached colour of the foilage in the background. And the way the artwork in the pond is overexposed and glowing.

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Timmbits

I just noticed there is an error in the Pros and Cons:
the DR should be in the Cons, not pros, as it is rather poor performing compared to just about anything you care to put into the menu there - add in the Sony NEX7 just to see how good things could get.
However, the Noise performance should be in the Pros... (once again, add in the Sony NEX7, but this time to see how bad things could get).
I know the NEX7 isn't it's competition - but even the others outperform it's rather narrow DR quite easily.
What's more, the image they provide to try the 3 DR modes has a turquoise (teal) sky! (what planet would that be on? definitely not Earth)

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utomo99

Fuji Must create Sony RX 100 anda Canon S 120 competitor.
A compact camera with BIG sensor, which work Good on low light.
There is good market in this area.
Good luck

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torske

Todays blind test for the pixel peepers.
Can anyone tell which camera is which.
Can you get the order right.
Cameras compared:
Fujifilm X-M1
Olympus Pen E-PL5
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Sony aplha NEX-6

http://masters.galleries.dpreview.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2696596.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=14Y3MT0G2J4Y72K3ZXR2&Expires=1379487830&Signature=uy4g0673EgEFUMsmH2lCEtM%2beSE%3d

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torske

Sorry - image link has expired.
Try this one:
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/568795266/photos/2696596/compare

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Zinda

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Fujifilm X-M1
Sony alpha NEX-6
Olympus Pen E-PL5
How am I doing?

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GabrielZ

They keep on mentioning the excellent image quality, but that smudging when there's high frequency green detail in the shot seems to be a major flaw, especially when taking landscape photography.

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sgoldswo

Not an issue now for months and months.... Just use a decent RAW converter like Irident or Aperture. The results are now considerably sharper than most other APS-C cameras.

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Beat Traveller

It's only a flaw if you plan on making large prints. Doesn't really show up otherwise.

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autoy

I can confirm this is not an issue in Aperture for months now.

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Asylum Photo

It is an issue in Lightroom/ACR.

OOC JPEGs with NR set low, don't have the issue too much.

Iridient, Aperture and Capture One all produce *excellent* details.

It really depends on the demosaicing used.

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retro76

Something I can't quite understand is dpreview's remarks regarding the JPEG engine - the colors look odd to me, kinda artificial with a slight color cast - detail looks ok, but I see artifacts / smearing - not clean like other SLRs. I dunno I haven't used a Fuji, but I have a tough time understanding the appeal to the images. Maybe I am missing something ? I see quite a few other comments where people also are disappointed in the samples.

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sgoldswo

and plenty where people love them too. Fuji's colours can be a little slide film like, you either love that or hate it (I love it). Having said that it's as easy to manipulate colour in post as the next camera and the render of skin is just staggeringly good.

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AustinB

Fuji definitely has a color cast, a bit to the blue side. I love it in some images and dislike it in others. But it is there, no doubt.

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thx1138

Hadn't realised the M1 had no EVF or option. I had just assumed that was the A1. Oh well another coulda shoulda woulda camera.

Not really sure what Fuji's thinking is here. One the one hand they think you are sophisticated enough to understands the benefits of a big sensor, and IL, and DoF and manual control, but think you are still so amateurish as to hold a camera at arms length to frame a scene, in bright sunlight where the VF can hardly be seen and the camera is far less stable and more prone to shake.

So is it still a P&S or a serious camera?

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Gesture
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T3

Maybe you ought to learn how to use these cameras, LOL. There is an entire generation of photographers that is doing perfectly fine taking pictures with a large LCD screen as their viewfinder. I think you're just a little out of touch with what people are perfectly capable of doing these days with non-VF cameras. People are also taking great pictures with their smart phones these days too. Is it really so difficult to frame a shot with a large LCD? No, it's not. Millions of people are doing it every day. Just go to Flickr and look up NEX 5N or EOS M or any other non-VF camera, and you'll see that a lot of very nice photography is being doing with such cameras. Heck, just look up iPhoneography, too.

I think it's a generational thing. The younger generation is a lot more used to looking at an LCD, framing the shot with it, and shooting. No big deal. To the older generation, it seems like an impossibility! LOL. Guess they can't do that while holding their cane. :0

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Timmbits

it is obviously designed for people who can't read or check facts before posting... as they already offer other models with said viewfinder for smarter and more evolved people who can read and check facts before posting.

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white shadow

I don't experience any problem shooting photos without a OVF. If I want to use an Optical View Finder I would just use my Canon 5D Mk2.

If you are a versatile photographer, you must learn how to compose with any type of finder. Try focusing with the film Hasselblad medium format camera.

Sometimes, I would actually prefer to compose and focus using the LCD screen. It is much easier for street photography. Don't you think it is good to have more choices in the digital world?

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javidog

I did not know that holding a camera at arms length to frame a scene was amateurish. Thanks for the heads up-- now I have to start sending some money back and reduce my rates.

7 upvotes
Tee1up

I was hoping to reply to T3's comment. I find your comment amazingly condescending. The generation you refer to may not mind trying to frame a picture, outdoors in bright light with a clumsy if not large LCD screen. Many of us though value precision, battery life and a OVF for it's simplicity.

I suppose I must defer to professionals, all of whom have a reason for avoiding your preferred smelly baby at arms length shot preparation.

Did you really, LOL twice while you wrote that comment or was that simply two more clumsy arrows that went astray?

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Richard Murdey

@T3

"There is an entire generation of photographers that is doing perfectly fine taking pictures with a large LCD screen as their viewfinder."

A generation that never goes outdoors in bright sunshine.

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photobeans

There is no "coulda shoulda woulda". THere are TWO.. I repeat TWO higher priced models with viewfinders built in. AND they are not even expensive.

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thx1138

Missing my point I see. Why do we need two models without an EVF. In fact why even release an M1, it's hardly different to the A1 other than sensor CFA and missing wireless flash. One of these two cameras is totally pointless, just choose which one.

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fakuryu

@thx1138

Why do we need a cheap Canon SL1? Why do we need a Pentax K500? Why do we need a Sony A3000? Why do manufacturers need an entry level camera? Why?

2 upvotes
new boyz

Fuji offers model with EVF, even with OVF.

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white shadow

@ fakuryu

You are absolutely right.

Why should the user bother whether a manufacturer introduce less or more models. Isn't it good to have more choices?

Just buy the camera that suit you best.

3 upvotes
Kumara

Evf sucks big time, and so is the lcd. The marketing fuss collides with the phylosophy the world is what you perceive through your senses (the mind included) and not what is passing on a tv screen.When I use a PHOTOcamera, I'd like it as it should be, and not a phone or a videocamera..

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thx1138

Yeah well why introduce another 10 entry level models? Why would you release two cameras so close in spec it's ridiculous yet charge an offensive $200 more for one.

At least with other manufacturers there is a clear delineation between models. There is no need for both A1 and M1 and frankly based on pricing you'd have to be crazy to buy the M1.

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T3

@ thx1138 - "There is no need for both A1 and M1 and frankly based on pricing you'd have to be crazy to buy the M1."

How about just offering the various models, and letting the consumer decide? Why is that so "offensive"? What you fail to see is that it's far more valuable to offer these various models, at various prices, because it increases the chances that a consumer will choose one of these models, and thus get them into the Fuji system. In essence, they are offering another point of entry into the system. You may not think $200 is a big deal, but when it comes to the finicky consumer, $200 could make the difference between the consumer choosing Fuji, or choosing another brand (like Sony NEX). If $200 can tip a consumer towards choosing Fuji, that's a big win.

As for your inane suggestion of introducing "another 10 entry level models," there's such a thing as having too many models. Duh! You have to strike a balance between too many and too few. A1 and M1 is just right.

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calking

Thx --- your post makes two factual errors -- the first being that there is no difference between the two models. Besides sensor there are options available in the m1 that don't exist in the a1.

The second thing is this so-called $200 price difference between the m and a models. Know how I know you're just repeating the rhetoric that's already out there? It's this, because if you actually compare actual, real world prices from real worlds retailers you'll see that the actual price difference is about $135.

Do your homework before you post.

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MLGochnauer

I have the X-Pro1 and X-M1. I found that the X-M1 works extremely well in "twin-lens-Rolleiflex" mode: pulled down tight on the neck strap with arms braced against the body (with viewfinder at 90 degrees), braced or sitting on the arms of chairs, window sills, tree branches, etc. I agree that holding a camera out in front of you is an invitation to blur. So I use the X-Pro1 like a Leica M and the X-M1 like a Rollei TLR, two of my favourite film cameras.

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rxbot

It would be great if someone put the 18mm on the X-M1 and X-A1 and compared to Ricoh GR,NikonA and 28 equivalent on E-M1 . That will pit APS-C against m43s and Xtrans versus Bayer.

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photo perzon

Xtrans vs Bayer? X-M1 vs X-A1. X-A1 will be a huge success, at the bottom for price, at the top for X100 purists that can't deal with x-trans missbehaviors. The X-M1 is twice the weight of the Ricoh GR and the Nikon A, might as well use that for lens changes, nice bounce flash built in, IS, a mini EVF, etc.

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Luego

X-M1 and X-A1 will fail to inspire the consumer just like Canon's EOS M. Canon had to drop pricing by over 60% to spark consumers' interest. When Fuji introduced the X-F1 to provide a more compact version of the X10, consumers avoided it like a plague and its price dropped 50% within six month.
Fuji will be better off to offer high quality products made in Japan than cheap quality "high priced" cams that nobody wants.

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calking

Thanks. I'm sure fuji corp will take your opinion under advisement.

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tipple

A cameras worth is not totally defined whether or not it does or does not have a viewfinder. It's what the photographer does with the camera that counts. Beauty is or is not in the eyes of the beholder. We all benefit from competition.

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DanK7

I would have thought that "no eye level viewfinder" would have been listed in the "cons." This must be an oversight on the part of the reviewer, since "no electronic level" is listed.

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Richard Butler

That would be like reviewing a compact camera and saying 'no interchangeable lenses.'

Electronic level is a minor feature they could have included at little if any cost. An eye-level viewfinder is a fundamental hardware feature that distinguishes this model from the one above and would utterly change what this product is and where it sits in the market.

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Mirrorless Crusader

Richard your point is taken, however in the past I believe you have listed certain cost-saving features as cons, so it is kind of a slippery slope. I believe in this case it is fair to exclude it though as it is plainly obvious to anyone examining the product.

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Timmbits

I agree with Richard's position... too many people stomping into the room yelling no VF therefore it can't be a camera. through their complaining they are either saying that this model should not exist or it may only be a duplicate of the already existing xe1 or xpro1 (which makes no more sense than they are making). not glorifying with an answer those who complain the model down isn't like the model above it is the way to go in this case.

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Gerardjan

And I wonder, all these people with their: NO VF and " no this and no that (usually small things) a deal breaker for me", I wonder, do these people actually own ANY camera and most importantly DO they TAKE pictures?

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Graham Hill

No electronic level? Are you kidding Fujifilm?

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abortabort

I don't know how we have managed to get by

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T3

I remember when in-camera electronic levels were introduced. I thought it was a great and valuable feature, and something I would use all the time. But to tell you the truth, I have hardly ever used it. I just don't see much point when I can always fine-tune the leveling/straightening in post-process, since all my images go through post-processing anyways. My guess is that most people don't use that feature much, either. These days, I think the inclusion of Wifi is a lot more useful and valuable. I'd much rather have that than an electronic level. Wifi connectivity opens up a lot of great possibilities.

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Timmbits

I have it in my NX20, and hardly ever use it... in fact, I don't think I use it... it's more of a distraction when on screen than it is of use to me. so I don't think it's a big deal. of course, I think their other models have it if it's really needed (plus you get other goodies too for the price difference).

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NZ Scott

I have an electronic level in my E-P3 and use it constantly.

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calking

I use it all the time on my xe1

1 upvote
DenWil

In an America of clinical obesity the cameras get smaller and smaller. I have medium to smaller hands and I can't pick up one of these without wondering where my fingers go. What does a fat man or a man with large hands do? At 180#, 2 or 3 lbs of camera is just not a problem. I feel bad for all the sickly folks who depend on these soap bar sized bodies for a chance at photography. Particularly ironic direction for camera makers since the phones get bigger and bigger.

1 upvote
Mattoid

I would prefer this camera to be smaller still. Make it as small as possible. If you want big get the X pro 1, that is ginormous.

3 upvotes
pdelux

DenWil: there's plenty of "big cameras" for you.... not everyone is "fat: or overweight... humans come in many sizes..

4 upvotes
Jerry Ci

DenWil -- The purpose of downsizing a camera is not to make it more or less hand-holdable. The purpose is to make it easier to carry with accessories in a pocket, purse, or small bag. Your critique totally misses the point.

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7 upvotes
Woodlink

Just go Medium Format.

There, I fixed it.

4 upvotes
T3

"I feel bad for all the sickly folks who depend on these soap bar sized bodies for a chance at photography."

Sickly? Or just healthy and fit?

If your hands are too fat to hold such a camera, I think you have bigger problems to be worried about, hehe.

The reality is that not all of us measure our masculinity by the size of our camera. I use heavy FF DSLR gear for work, and have logged countless hours lugging around such gear. But it doesn't mean I want to do so in my off time. My attitude these days is that I only carry around my big gear when I'm *paid* to. Otherwise, for personal, casual shooting, I use compact, smaller, lighter mirrorless gear. And my fingers know exactly where to go. We're not oafish mountain apes, for crying out loud. (At least some of us aren't. LOL)

3 upvotes
Timmbits

well said T3! +++
I can't believe that people are knocking this for size when they have the oversized-for-mirrorless xe1 and xpro1 to choose from!
I'm 6ft2 and 195# and not fat at all, don't have girly hands and don't feel less of a man just because I LOVE mirrorless cameras, especially the more reasonably sized ones like this one.

1 upvote
white shadow

Denwil is just pulling a fast one. He uses a Pentax 67 for his photography.

If he is that fat, he wouldn't be able to work as a scout.

0 upvotes
Asylum Photo

DSLR, Medium Format, Large Format. You have plenty of options.

0 upvotes
Mirrorless Crusader

DPR why are you giving almost every half-decent camera a gold star now? Literally a large a majority of $600+ cameras now are getting gold stars, it completely dilutes the rating system and makes it look like you are just using it as a marketing ploy to sell cameras at Gear Shop. Can't you come up with a system where only a few cameras at most each year get the top award? Then we would actually know which you really think are best, because right now it looks like you're just trying to satisfy everybody and as a result satisfying nobody.

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8 upvotes
mapgraphs

All that glitters...

Then there's the Previews that never seem to make it to completion...

3 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer

Think of it as a frequent flyer program. When you're in an airport and they call the diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze members. Each of these people thinks they are special but there's no one left in the boarding area.

3 upvotes
Shurato

Just my 2c, but I think these days every half-decent camera just _are_ technical masterpieces, and thus it may be hard not to give a gold award. Well I'm just expressing this from my modest photography-gadgetry needs ;-) Anyhow, yet I see the point where gold awards tend to be given away easily and looses its exclusivity. Having said that, maybe the introduction of some "Platinum Award" might be an idea which would strictly be reserved to anything which would be "outstanding"?

4 upvotes
Mirrorless Crusader

Shurato, your point is well taken, but I think that the improved quality of cameras is and should be reflected in their percentage scores. The award system should serve to distinguish the top few cameras of the year, and the standards by which they are judged should increase as the competition improves. Right now the award system tells us nothing because so many cameras are gold. They should either give out fewer golds or add in a new level like platinum or diamond.

1 upvote
mikiev

The problem with reserving Gold rating for only a few cameras is: The great cameras are not all released at the same time.

What happens when they hold-off giving out one of the few remaining Gold ratings, just in case they need one later in the year - when some great camera MAY be released?

Or, do they just give them out as the cameras arrive on the market, and "too bad" to the great cameras which debut after all the year's allotment of Gold ratings have already been handed-out?

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Mirrorless Crusader

I'm not advocating for a quota, just a higher standard of what should be gold. It could be that five or six cameras in a year deserve a gold award, but it also could be that none deserve one. There have been three cameras announced this year that have received gold awards and I don't think any of them deserved it.

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Jerry Ci

An additional perspective is that, perhaps, there is truly no single camera that is better for everyone. Perhaps many of the cameras are equally good, but have different strengths and different weaknesses. What is "gold" for one user might not be "gold" for another.

1 upvote
Gesture

They also hit the GearShop before they hit the street and we get some accumulated user experience. Remember, orbs.

1 upvote
Timmbits

I think it really depends on the camera's label.
If it says "Samsung" it gets criticized... if it's among the ones they prefer (the ones they have lying around in the office - see size comparison photos above) then it'll get a favourable review.

1 upvote
King Penguin

What about a nice price of mahogany as an award, after all they're using it on handgrips of luxury cameras - mahogany the new platinum! :)

0 upvotes
Gerardjan

@mapgraphs: just my thoughts, I will try again, DPR,where's the eos m review? Please, any kind of answer! Thank you.

0 upvotes
tinternaut

"Areas of fine green detail can be 'mushy'"

Have our intrepid reviewers yet determined if this is an issue with the X-Trans design, or if it is merely software?

0 upvotes
AlpCns2

Most likely software. I've seen stunning landscape work from X-trans, but the right raw software conversion seems to be important. I hear Iridient (or something to that effect) is a good choice. Somebody also mentioned that new newest versions of Silkypix that comes with the camera does the job very well too. The sensor itself is excellent.

8 upvotes
hellocrowley

Nope. It's the sensor. Even JPEGs have mushy greenery.

0 upvotes
sgoldswo

Software - conversions with Irident and Aperture are sharper than results for any other APS-C camera. LR no longer has "mush" either in most circumstances, but is a bit soft for my my preferences (but many use it successfully with NIK tools etc).

3 upvotes
Asylum Photo

It's the software. Adobe makes mush out of foliage.

Iridient and Aperture pull all sorts of detail out.

Even the OOC Jpegs can be decent if you turn NR to -2, and Sharpening to +2.

1 upvote
white shadow

I am looking for an excellent APS-C size mirrorless camera which can out perform a micro 4/3 camera in overall usage. The numerous succession of NEX has not been successful due to its poor lens collection and its "unfriendly" photographer user interface / Menu system. The Fuji X series could offer some hopes. However, it too falls short of expectation in many areas, many of which were pointed out in the reviews.

I like the size of the X-M1 but the slow AF speed and many other compromises cause me to hesitate buying this camera despite it getting a gold award.

Some has attributed the other problems to the X-trans sensor which I wouldn't disagree.

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0 upvotes
Raist3d

The aF speed of the xm1 is not by any means slow. Just not the fastest. The xm1 is reasonably zippy.

5 upvotes
Gesture

Samsung NX.

2 upvotes
white shadow

@ Raist3d

I like the male portrait you have taken on June 6 and the first night shot you have taken on August 7 in your blog.

What camera and lens did you use for the night shot?

0 upvotes
Timmbits

lens tests show that the sony lenses aren't THAT bad - but the Fuji lenses before these two new ones are very above average.
I think this camera may do better in performance tests with the faster LM lenses that Fuji makes - let's compare apples with apples here - if the 2 new cheap lenses slow it down, they'll slow down it's big brothers as well.
I'd be curious to see how much of this is due to the lens - with smaller apertures and slower motors.

0 upvotes
photobeans

I think you are being too anal retentive here. Just buy one and enjoy using it.

1 upvote
NZ Scott

I agree with photobeans.

You're not going to get an noticeable increase in image quality by moving from a Micro Four Thirds to an APS-C sensor. You really need to go to full frame for that.

If you're not willing to go full-frame then just buy a Micro Four Thirds or NEX camera and be done with it.

If you have specific lens requirements then you're probably better off with Micro Four Thirds. Otherwise, NEX is also very good.

S

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0 upvotes
Raist3d

@NZ Scott - While i agree with "buy one and enjoy" I don't agree with Scott that the jump in image quality is so trivial as to "you must go to FF to notice a difference." Sorry, but there's a noticeable difference depending on what kind of work you are doing between a Fuji Xtrans and m43/rds. But I totally agree with you that at this point, all these cameras are fantastic and pick the one that satisfies your needs and wants.

0 upvotes
Raist3d

@White Shadow - the camera for those two shots is the same- the Fuji X-E1. For the portrait of the man, it was the Fuji XF35 F1.4 prime, and for the man at night it was the new Fuji XF27 F2.8 pancake lens.

0 upvotes
Noeltayyy

The Af is not slow you just need to know how to use it. i own a xm1 and i took some time to learn but after a while it is a breeze. only under low light it gets difficult.

0 upvotes
Timmbits

Pity they don't have a small compact pancake that can go head to head with the 30mm f2 on Samsung's NX300... I guess their primary concern was for the xm1's 27mm f2.8 to not cannibalize sales of their x100s model.

4 upvotes
sgoldswo

Actually the 27mm is excellent for what it was designed for, shooting street.

3 upvotes
Raist3d

Actually no. I find the XF27mm F2.8 fantastic, and it's not the "XM's 27" but a lens for the entire line up. It's XF class so it's well built, high quality.

1 upvote
ecm

Hm. I looked through the samples and thought, "The Fujifilm is getting it's butt handed to it by the likes of the Olympus E-M1 and Canon 100D" - and then I read the article's conclusion.... there's a disconnect between what I see in the comparometer and what their conclusions are.

I suppose it could be the lens - I've been fooled before by a fantastic lens on a so-so camera here at DPR - but it looks more like over-agressive noise reduction to me. The green feathers are a blur at any ISO.....

I also recognize that ultimate sharpness and detail is not everything; it's something that I crave, but others might prefer the warm almost "creamy" smoothness of the Fuji's output - with the right subject and at the right enlargement it would be quite nice.

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JConrad

A lot of it is that X-Trans requires different sharpening algorithms. The detail is there, but at default sharpening, appears soft. Adjusting up reveals tremendous amounts of detail, easily as good and in many cases a little better than my E-M5. DPR however, normalizes sharpening for all cameras. While good in theory, when comparing a Bayer sensor vs an X-Trans, it doesn't work well.

9 upvotes
Jogger

pssst... the Oly EM1 is almost 2.5x as expensive without a lens.

0 upvotes
bluevellet

E-M1 is a different class of camera and priced accordingly.

The Fuji X-M1 is more akin to the E-PL5 from Olympus.

5 upvotes
Tilted Plane

I agree with ecm, and don't see the answer as reasonable. Yes, in some perfect universe, playing even keeps things even. But the eyes show this isn't happening. The Fuji images are simply soft. If some "adjustment" is being made between these results and the final glowing gold medal praises at the end, then those need to be visible here somehow--perhaps with some more optimally corrected (sharpened) examples side by side? As is it chips away at the overall credibility of the testing, which is part of dpreview's foundation.

5 upvotes
M Jesper

You guys gotta take a step back, scrape your nose of the monitor and look at the actual images. These are some of the most pleasantly rendered images i have seen straight out of camera from any ILC or SLR.

And forget about that damned studio comparison tool.

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sgoldswo

If they used Aperture for this comparison the results would simply be different http://sgoldswoblog.com/2013/04/21/x-trans-raw-conversion-comparisons/

0 upvotes
Asylum Photo

The X-Trans sensor doesn't respond well to the general sharpening settings of their tests. It has a different CFA layout, and thus requires slightly different demosaicing and sharpening. So, unfortunately for Fuji, it doesn't do well in standardized tests that have been put together for Bayer sensors.

0 upvotes
forpetessake

Definite improvement in color saturation and contrast compared to X-E1/Pro1, but still this camera exhibits the same trans-problems: colors are off (red is bloody, green is poisonous, blue is cyan), rendering is plastic, the artifacts and smearing. I think Fuji will soon drop trans sensors, they are behind every Bayer sensor in that price range.

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2 upvotes
AlpCns2

Given the fact that many renowned professionals came to the opposite conclusion, and DPR awarding the IQ and features with the highest award, I'd say this is merely your opinion and not a fact.

26 upvotes
retro76

Yes I agree I can't understand what the dpreview staff is smoking, the output is absolutely horrible.

1 upvote
sgoldswo

Ludicrous comment - if Fuji dropped x-trans now I would sell my cameras tomorrow. The output is outstanding to my eyes. Perhaps you are in the minority here?

2 upvotes
Raist3d

It's kinda hard not to jus laugh at this point at such ignorant comments. Here's a colorful high-DR snap:

http://raist3d.typepad.com/files/tuneup.jpg

0 upvotes
UnitedNations

So the OOC JPEG of the X-M1 is very similar to X-E1 level but still slightly less, ... & the RAW of the X-M1 is clearly not up to X-E1 level.
In other words slightly better than X100s in OOC JPEG & Raw, but not yet up to X-E1's overall image quality level, although very close... I wonder how much improvement in image quality the X-E2 & X-Pro2 will come with in the near future to differentiate from the more mass market X-M1...??

Despite X-M1's competitive image quality, I am not sure how this will ever be a serious camera without a viewfinder?

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0 upvotes
Timmbits

could you please direct me to where you see that the IQ is different - where you see identical test shots for the XM1 vs XE1? as far as I know, they had a different test scene when they evaluated the xe1.

6 upvotes
Raist3d

The iq is virtually identical. I am not sure where you are getting its different

As for "serious camera" that's all relative. Get the xe1 then

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M Jesper

Actually it does have a new processor, and the jpg processing changed (a little) along with it. The 'intelligence' of the camera also improved and indeed the word is that it handles the real world very well. People really gotta get a break from test scenes.

0 upvotes
alatchin

The IQ of this Camera is nice, but I dont see the revolutionary element here. Even at ISO 3200 it certainly looks cleaner than the EPL5, but also has a feeling of lacking detail... We can always use NR and lose detail, but if the RAWs from this camera already have the NR look then any of the competitors can simply apply it. However if you want to leave the sense of detail in a higher ISO show one can always apply selective NR, but the Fuji it always has that look.... Well that is how I feel about the output.

0 upvotes
Raist3d

That's because they keep using adobe raw converters which are know to currently not give you the max potential resolution I xtrans. Check capture one 7 or iridient. Actually even the latest update to fujis silky pix works better

7 upvotes
alatchin

Maybe, maybe not. If the IQ is so severely impacted by ACR, why dont they use the appropriate software and show the potential of the product :)

Having said that, splitting staws really.

0 upvotes
jyhfeei

DPR uses the default Adobe RAW settings to compare "apples to apples" for the RAW files. Unfortunately, this only works for cameras with the same color filter array. Due to the different CFA and the soft default settings Adobe uses for the X-trans, this comparison is not "apples to apples". DPR should correct to soft Adobe default sharpening for the X-trans such that the files can be more readily compared.

3 upvotes
Raist3d

@alatchin- no, there is no maybe maybe not here. This has been more than researched by now. The evidence is out there if you go ahead and look a it. Better yet- do it for yourself. Download some raws and convert the files yourself. Capture one has a 60 day trial. Iridient has an eternal trial (watermarks). You can download Fuji's raw converter for free.

By all means do not believe me but walk with your experience or remain ignorant- your choice :-)

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0 upvotes
Asylum Photo

Replies are correct. Adobe is a bit weak with X-Trans files. Great for street shooting (low noise, good edge detail for high contrast scenes), but no good for landscapes or anything with high amounts of small details.

Iridient, Aperture, Capture One, etc all do a better job of detail extraction.

DPR won't use specific RAW converters for tests, because that'd ruin the standardization process that works so well for 99% of cameras out there.

It would be nice, however, if in their image quality section they made note of Adobe's weaknesses and provided a quick comparison of details between Adobe and another high quality processor.

1 upvote
h2k

If i see it right, it does not have a touchscreen monitor? I think you should mention that in the text right next to the monitor image.

A touchscreen monitor is such an advantage for shooting, reviewing and changing settings that i don't want to miss it anymore.

2 upvotes
GXRuser

Missing EVF is an issue. Same for the XA-1.

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4 upvotes
AndreaV

For me too, and also an OVF... that's why I've an x-pro1!

5 upvotes
Arn

+1. The missing EVF is a bummer.

0 upvotes
M Jesper

Seriously ... People would complaint about a tricycle missing its fourth wheel.

When did the X-E1 become invisible ?

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day2012

If only there was some way to get an X-trans sensor with an EVF. Fuji should really address that gap in the market. In fact they might benefit from trying to invent some sort of hybrid OVF/EVF. I wonder if there could be a market for such a thing? It might even be worth them considering introducing such a thing for both fixed and changeable lens cameras. If I were them I might be tempted to go for something like a 35mm equivalent for the fixed lens version. What do other people think?

28 upvotes
Timmbits

@day2012: hahahahaha
thank you for sharing - it is much needed for some folks on this site ;-)

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7 upvotes
Gesture

We need a compact APS-C roundup. Fuji X series, Leica X series, EOS-M, Sigma DPM series, Ricoh GR, Coolpix A.

1 upvote
Timmbits

good idea - add the other two, to the one they already did of x100s - ricoh gr - nikon a

0 upvotes
Richard Butler

The problem is that those don't work as a side-by-side:

Someone who likes the 35mm equivalent view offered by the Leica and Fujifilm are unlikely to consider a 28mm equiv. camera to be a sensible alternative (even if you us the Ricoh's 35mm equiv crop mode).

So you end up with an X100S vs Leica X2 comparison and a Ricoh vs Nikon vs Sigma piece, which we tried to do, only to find the Sigma wasn't particularly comparable.

2 upvotes
Raist3d

Richard, why dpreview staff felt the sigma dp1m was not particularly comparable being the same focal length? (I the ones you mentioned to compare with). Honest question.

0 upvotes
Asylum Photo

@Raist3d

I suspect because the sensor still limits photographers to static well lit scenes. It's a rather niche product. It does landscapes *incredibly well*, but it doesn't hold up past ISO 400, to standard bayer sensors.

I really want to get a Sigma DPM camera at some point specifically for landscapes, but with the understanding that's all I'd be using it for.

0 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy

Add on OVF and combo with pancake and fish eye this could be pretty sweet.

3 upvotes
D1N0

you mean you want a x-pro1

8 upvotes
Trollshavethebestcandy

I like the one handed operation functionality and the ability to keep things small ish. Removable OVF with the pancake can keep things small and not attract too much attention for street photography that is my fave. I am in love with the X100s but like a smaller and less "Look at me" camera.

1 upvote
Boris F

Nice camera, but... Olympus PEN camera on comparison looks better, and it is much quicker too. Plus much more lenses, definitely it is better choice, at least for my opinion.

0 upvotes
King Penguin

Yea, but a tiny sensor....

9 upvotes
Absolutic

that is why it is good to have both. Olympus m43 for serious shooting, and Fuji for those times when you can just take your time....

2 upvotes
Absolutic

Thank u dpreview for acknowledging the mushy green issue. I think xtrans is best for portraits and especially portraits in low light. If u shoot landscapes with lots of greenery in mid and background, get xa1 instead

2 upvotes
Raist3d

The "mushy green issue" is a non issue with the proper raw concerter. In fact, due to extra green photo sensors the fuji will give you even more color detail with greenery.

10 upvotes
Asylum Photo

It'd be nice if DPReview dropped their test scene and a landscape or two through Iridient, to show how much detail is possible with the sensor when using the right processor.

1 upvote
Stollen1234

just curious why are fuji cameras look so similar to Leica?

0 upvotes
Frank_BR

The Japanese copied so much the Leica in the '50s that henceforth all camera designers in Japan have been born with a gene stamped "Leica" in their DNA chains.

2 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer

Because when you put things where they belong you end up with something that looks like a 35mm rangefinder camera.

5 upvotes
forpetessake

Fuji always tries something weird to get noticed among the completion but it never works.

1 upvote
Tom_A

It is a traditional lay-out for people who like traditional controls.
And if you take away the pentaprism because not needed, what you are left is a rangefinderish shape.

2 upvotes
TorsteinH

Gold award for a camera with slow focus that takes close to 1 sec to focus and then a seond delay until next shoot. But maybee I'm missing something...?

14 upvotes
Jogger

you missed the part of "big photo quality in a small package"

23 upvotes
AmateurSnaps

Which can't focus very quickly, especially in low light.

I always find a cameras ability to focus quickly high on my list of 'wants' (my pets and nieces and nephews don't do 'still')

If its not than, yes, this looks like a great little camera.

Keep them coming :)

1 upvote
Dames01

Don´t know where you get your numbers from. The review says "In good lighting, the bundled 16-50mm lens locked focus in 0.3 secs at wide-angle and 0.6 secs at telephoto."

7 upvotes
Jeff Keller

Definitely did not find focus times to be anywhere near as bad as you describe.

19 upvotes
brendon1000

Guys I am extremely sure AmatuerSnaps has done extensive testing with this camera before making his comments.

9 upvotes
cocopro

Ever heard of manual focus lens? If you don't think before you shot, I guess AF speed is very important. Don't forget to troll Leica BTW.

1 upvote
M Jesper

hehe, brendon is making a joke.

0 upvotes
Timmbits

If any focus speed difference, how much of that is due to the new "slower" lenses available with this, compared to the other models that had brighter lenses when tested? Might it do as well as the others if it were tested with the same lenses? There is a difference in the motors (LM versus the ones that come with this), and they're not as bright either.

1 upvote
javaone360

The X-M1 has the fastest AF in interchangable lens X series today.

0 upvotes
Raist3d

The focus speed of the xm1 is not slow. Just not the fastest.

2 upvotes
mpgxsvcd

I know that this camera applies noise reduction to RAW files. Normally I would say that this is a bad thing. However, after looking at the samples I have to say that it looks like the noise reduction is as good as any external program would do.

I can’t find a fault at all with the image quality from this camera. The photos look fantastic. If it had the lens lineup and video features that m4/3s has then I would definitely consider purchasing one.

1 upvote
Timmbits

it's not the quantity of lenses, but the quality... and there are all the other Fuji lenses you can use with this... and with the exception of these two new lenses, all the others are brighter on average than the other brands' offerings at similar price points.

3 upvotes
Asylum Photo

Just a small correction.... the camera doesn't apply noise reduction to raw files, but the raw processor might. Adobe's demosaicing process seems to cut down on luminance noise. But if you process in something else, like Iridient or Raw Photo Processor, the noise is a bit higher. Though, on the other hand, you end up with significantly more detail.

1 upvote
ovatab

@ Jeff Keller
where is the Chinatown gate picture?

1 upvote
Jeff Keller

I'd love to have the SF and Stanford photos in the gallery but it's too long a drive from Seattle!

3 upvotes
photo perzon

I paired the X-M1 to my iPhone and it worked great. What is special about the X-M1 is that at a party, it is the same size as an Olympus E-PM2 or PL5. (With the 27mm pancake or the 18mm.)

That is new. The X-E1 or X100S are larger to show.

Also with a pancake one can use a small OVF. Clever.

Also the flash is tiltable to bounce to the ceiling. Very nice effect.

1 upvote
Karroly

And when NOT at a party, is it still the same size ?

11 upvotes
abortabort

Also this seems like a much shorter review than usual, I didn't see much about menus etc so wanted to know if any of the buttons on the rear can be configured?

2 upvotes
abortabort

Actually, is part of this review missing? It keeps referring to 'we'll cover this later' then never does, such as when talking about the fn button. For example what does the AF button do? Does it AF? Does it allow setting AF point or does it change AF mode? What does the macro button do? Can it be reconfigured? How is auto-ISO set up in this camera and what parameters can be configured? Can you switch the control dials around so that the the top dial is aperture and the rear shutter?

Sorry but the review just seems to skip over a lot of the 'controls' of thus camera and focuses a lot of the time saying how IQ is identical to other X cams, which is fair enough as it probably is.

1 upvote
Andy Westlake

The AF button selects the AF point - it doesn't initiate AF. The macro button allows close focusing (which speeds up AF in normal shooting). Auto ISO allows setting of maximum ISO and minimum shutter speed, but the latter only across the same limited range as the X100/X100S. The dials can't be reconfigured - the only customisable control on the X-M1 is the Fn button.

1 upvote
abortabort

Thanks Andy, I appreciate you taking the time to clarify :) Though I can't help but feel this should (or would normally) be part of a DPR review. So I was wondering, is this a new review format for you guys?

0 upvotes
Jeff Keller

Yes, the review is shorter, mainly because we're trying to crank these out faster.

7 upvotes
abortabort

Hi Jeff, thanks for the response! Will happily take more plentiful reviews for a small-ish loss in extreme detail.

0 upvotes
abortabort

Page 1 says "Built-in Wi-Fi with remote camera control and image transfer to mobile device or PC" but then later says remote control is not possible.

0 upvotes
Andy Westlake

Thanks for pointing that out, the line in the introduction was wrong. Remote camera control is not available.

0 upvotes
zakaria

thanks for the very quick review and for this effort . Hope to see something similar to the Pentax k50

0 upvotes
SRT3lkt

K50 is water resistant though

0 upvotes
zakaria

sorry I meant a quick review for pentax

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