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In-camera Raw conversion

One very nice feature on the X-M1 is its built-in Raw conversion - something we wish every camera had. In playback mode you simply select a Raw image and then select what you want to change, like so:

The Raw conversion feature lets you adjust eleven different parameters. You won't be able to see the results until you hit the 'Q' button, though.

The parameters that you can adjust include push/pull processing (AKA exposure compensation), dynamic range, Film Simulation mode, white balance, WB shift, color, sharpness, highlight tone, shadow tone, and noise reduction.

While you won't see the changes you've made immediately - which isn't a huge deal, since the thumbnail is so small - you will have a chance to review the results before saving the processed image as a JPEG.

One minor annoyance with this feature occurs when you want to convert more than one Raw image. Once the camera creates the JPEG it displays that image, so if you want to go back to the Raw image you were working on, you have to scroll all the way back.

Wi-Fi

The X-M1 is the first X-series camera to offer wireless connectivity with the help of Fuji's Camera App. You can transfer photos from your camera to your mobile device, and then forward them to friends via social networking or e-mail. You can also have photos automatically saved to your PC. Your smartphone can also provide location information that can be embedded in the EXIF data of your pictures. One thing you cannot do - which is a disappointing - is control the camera from your smartphone.

While the camera and smartphone pair effortlessly using an ad hoc connection, actually using the wireless features can be frustrating. If you want to select one image to send to your phone, you must choose it in advance, press the Wi-Fi button, select the appropriate menu option, open the app on your smartphone, and hit connect. It's smarter to select a bunch of images in advance and let all of them transfer at once.

Perhaps a better way to get your photos from camera to smartphone is to use the 'view and obtain images on smartphone' function. This allows your smartphone to see the images stored on the camera's memory card, and pick which ones are transferred over. You can transfer full size or downsized (3 megapixel) images.

Another thing you can do with your smartphone is geotagging, though the implementation is clunky. First you must load up Camera App and tell it to record your location, which it can do for up to 99 minutes. You'll want to send the location data to your camera prior to taking photos, as this information cannot be added retroactively. The main issue with the geotagging is that you must re-sync the app and the camera every time you change locations. This method certainly saves a lot of battery life (since Wi-Fi is used sparingly), but unless you're good about syncing the location data, you're not going to get very accurate results.

Fuji makes a 'lite' version of their Camera App called Photo Receiver. This does just as it sounds: it receives images that you've selected on the camera. There's no browsing or geotagging functionality.

One last thing you can do with Wi-Fi is automatically save images to your PC or Mac. The camera and computer must be connected to the same wireless network, with the PC Auto Save software installed on the latter. Despite the 'Auto' in the name of the feature, photos aren't actually transferred as you taken them. Rather, they are sent over in one batch via a menu option in playback mode.

Movies

The X-M1 can record videos at 1920 x 1080 (30 fps) with stereo sound for up to 14 minutes. If you don't mind a lower resolution, a 720/30p option is also available, with a maximum recording time of 27 minutes. Taking a movie is easy: just press the 'red button' on the back of the camera.

The camera can focus continuously while recording movies, though there's no subject tracking feature. If you lens has image stabilization, you'll be able to take advantage of it. While you can use any of the Film Simulation modes when recording movies, the Advanced Filters are not available.

In most shooting modes, recording movies is a point-and-shoot affair. However, if you put the camera into Aperture Priority or Full Manual mode, you'll be able to adjust the aperture to your liking.

All three of the samples below were taken with the 16-50mm kit lens.

Sample 1

This outdoor sample shows smooth motion, though subjects are on the soft side. There's also a bit of a 'wobble' here, though it's much worse in the next example.

1920x1080/30p, 38 Mbps, H.264, 38Mb/sec, 12 sec, 58.3 MB  Click here to download original file

Sample 2

This semi-indoor video was taken with the camera held over the crowd. While you'd expect some camera shake when holding the X-M1 in that position, here it seems a bit excessive.

1920x1080/30p, 38 Mbps, H.264, 10 sec, 49.9 MB  Click here to download original file

Sample 3

This final sample wasn't intended to demonstrate anything in particular, but it turned out to show very strong moiré in numerous places.

1920x1080/30p, 38 Mbps, H.264, 13 sec, 63.2 MB  Click here to download original file

Most CMOS-based cameras suffer from at least some rolling shutter. We found that the X-M1 was a bit worse than most recent, comparable cameras, though it's only noticeable when subjects are moving quickly.

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rsf3127
By rsf3127 (Sep 17, 2013)

I don't get all the hype about these fuji cameras. The image samples look dull, mushy, without contrast and unsharp when compared to NEX and the 100D either in RAW or JPEG. The ergonomy is ok and the build quality is nice, but this does not compensate for the IQ problem.

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AndreaV
By AndreaV (Sep 17, 2013)

Well, I own a Fuji x-Pro1 and a Sony NEX-5... the quality of the Fuji is definitely superior (most of all at high ISO) and I would say is on par with at least some FF cameras (I compared with a friend's Nikon D600) and with my Canon 1D mark III. Have you ever tried to use one of these Fujis yourself?

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Sep 17, 2013)

That is probably why dpreview have scored the iq higher than any of the examples you have given. They must be utterly incompetent. Either that or you are.

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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (Sep 17, 2013)

I think a lot people put large emphasis on high ISO.

But I agree that at low ISO it does come a bit short compared to most of its peers, due the X-Trans design. A bit softer RAW files (for which you can partially compensate), a bit mushy greens in general due to the different color filters and moiré problems with diagonal lines (see test charts). And even at high ISO, you should substract about half a stop from indicated ISO's compared to most of its peers for the camera being a bit too optimistic in this regard.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Sep 17, 2013)

Quite a few stories are suggesting that the most widespread tools (Adobe, etc.) don't process the RAW files nearly as well as they could. From what I read, Iridient seems to do the best job by far. If dpr is using Adobe, that could be a problem.

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Northgrove
By Northgrove (Sep 17, 2013)

Agreed, I strongly recommend professionals to look at the RAW import. There's quite a difference especially with this new X-Trans technology. Here's a DPReview user who has compared Lightroom 4.4 with Iridient 2.1.1 output, clearly showing the better clarity with Iridient: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51732276?image=3

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mas54
By mas54 (Sep 17, 2013)

The IQ from my x100s is as good as it gets. Where have you seen prints from these cameras? I can make a 40x60 that is sharp all the way to the corners.
Contrast? That comes during processing.

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AlpCns2
By AlpCns2 (Sep 17, 2013)

The "IQ problem" got the Gold Award. Odd, isn't it. Or maybe there is no real problem. Ah, choices, choices...

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Kali108
By Kali108 (Sep 18, 2013)

The Fuji "hype" for me is...having the IQ of a Nikon D600 (I've now sold mine) in a small, light weight package. Allowing me to get images from subjects I would not get otherwise, due to the intimidation factor, etc of a larger DLSR / lens combo.
Also, now I have this IQ potential with me every single day. No way I would carry a D600 kit with me at all times. Fuji makes this a joy.

I understand why dpreview needs to use standardized tests, yet unfortunately, this results in veiling the IQ potential of the x trans sensor. Iridient Developer, C1P7 or the free supplied SilkyPix do not suffer from "mushy" greens and certainly not any lack of detail resolution.

Is the Fuji perfect? Of course not, nor is my D800 or Mamiya RZ67 ProII with a Leaf Aptus 33MP digital back.

My Fuji XP1 (with the incredible 14mm, 23mm soon, 35mm, 60mm lenses) is my favorite photographic tool. Period.

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Asylum Photo
By Asylum Photo (Sep 18, 2013)

Like every other camera, there's pros and cons. One system might fit your needs, while another doesn't. Yet both systems could very well be high quality.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (Sep 18, 2013)

I'm not knocking the Fuji high ISO IQ, but it's clearly doing NR even on RAW. They have not overcome the laws of physics and have not discovered miracle low noise sensor and associated electronics.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Sep 17, 2013)

It takes photo's as good as the x-pro1 so the gold award is deserved.

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