YI M1

Announced Sep 19, 2016 •
20 megapixels | 3 screen | Four Thirds sensor
Product description
Announced Sep 19, 2016

Young Innovators is a China-based company that first made their mark in the 4K action cam market. The YI M1 is a 20MP micro four thirds mirrorless entry level ILC camera that features an 81 point contrast detect AF system rated to -4EV, 4K/30P video recording and Raw capability. The camera is built around a 3" touch screen LCD display that features touch to focus and touch shutter technologies. The camera also has built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE.

Product timeline
Review, Nov 29, 2016
Oct 28, 2016
Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 5184 x 3888
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-25600
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 281 g (0.62 lb / 9.91 oz)
Dimensions 114 x 64 x 34 mm (4.49 x 2.52 x 1.34)
GPS None

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Our review

The M1 is built around a 20MP Four Thirds sensor that produces excellent Raw files offering good latitude. JPEGs are subtle in color, but full of detail in good light. Low light JPEGs suffer due to unsophisticated noise reduction. Autofocus routinely fails even on still subjects, while continuous AF is unusable; these problems are only made worse in low-light. The M1 produces some nice Full HD video and the 4K/30p video is capable, but can be very lens dependent and shaky due to the lack of stabilization while in 4K mode and the inconsistent rudimentary digital stabilization found in the Full HD mode. The autofocus is mostly unusable in video mode as it hunts a great deal and you have no control over what the camera is focusing on.

Good for: Beginners looking to move from their smartphone to a platform that delivers higher quality photos, bearing in mind that the autofocus is severely limited. Photographers who manually focus and want excellent quality Raw files in a small, low cost package.

Not so good for: Someone with more experience looking for direct control or capable autofocus. If you're looking for a camera to capture erratically moving subjects, like small children, this camera isn't a good fit.

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YI M1 videos
YI M1 4K video sample
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