Fujifilm Introduces the X-M1 and Two New X-Series Lenses
Fujifilm has just announced a three-part update to their X Series of mirrorless digital cameras and lenses: the X-M1 digital camera, the XF 27mm f/2.8 lens, and the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. These additions to the system add even greater breadth to this expanding line of tools while following the blueprint that has led to success with the existing X-series cameras and lenses.
The X-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera features the same imaging performance as the X-Pro1 and X-E1, and as such, incorporates the 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor upon which they have built their system. This sensor’s design features a modified RGB color array that works to inherently reduce moiré and false colors without the need for an optical low-pass filter. The sensor utilizes a 6 x 6 patterned group of pixels, compared to a standard 2 x 2 Bayer array, in order to induce greater randomness in the way light is gathered by the sensor. This results in imagery that exhibits smoother overall quality with high image sharpness that is reminiscent of the grain structure of film.
Making use of this system, the X-M1 is able to record still imagery in JPEG and RAW file formats, as well as full HD 1080p video in the MOV file format. When working with RAW files, you can process them in-camera to help expedite the post-production workflow while still achieving the malleability of a RAW file. Fujifilm X-series cameras incorporate a host of Film Simulation modes that are designed to emulate the look and feel of existing Fujifilm film types, to help achieve a unique look directly in-camera. Provia is the standard film look, and provides rich, vibrant saturation with neutral colors and contrast; Velvia is the more vivid setting, which adds a bit more punch and contrast to colors to give an eye-catching look; and Astia is the soft setting, which lowers the image contrast slightly and provides a neutral and well-rounded appearance. Also available are monochrome and sepia settings to provide results akin to traditional black-and-white film.
When working with moving subjects, a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 5.6 fps can be used, or a slightly slower 3 fps rate. Either mode enables up to 10 RAW frames to be captured in a burst, or 30 or 50 JPEG frames, respectively. When recording movies, both full HD 1920 x 1080p and HD 1280 x 720p are available at 30 fps. Stereo sound is recorded along with the movies, and use of manual exposure control is possible for refining the look of recordings.
Exposure metering is handled by a 256-zone TTL system for acquiring precise exposure results using multi, spot, or average methods. Manual exposure controls are available in program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, or manual settings, all of which can be selected using the top dial. Additionally, for intelligent, automated control over the exposure setting, SR Auto (automatic scene recognition) can be employed to analyze the lighting conditions and apply the optimal exposure settings for a natural appearance.
Similarly, focusing can be effectively controlled using a TTL contrast-detection AF method or by using manual focus. The AF system uses a 49-point array with a scalable AF frame size and can focus using area, multi, continuous, and tracking methods. The tracking and continuous focusing modes are especially well suited to working with video or fast-moving subjects, while the area and multi modes are ideal for working with more stationary subjects when greater precision is required. If working with manual focus, focus peaking is available to provide a more objective means for comparatively focusing along the lines of contrast in the frame. When using this, hard edges will be demarcated by highlighted lines that are only present in sharp focus, helping to acquire focus quickly and accurately.
All of these imaging technologies are housed in a retro-styled metal camera body that incorporates manual top control dials and a large 3.0” 920k-dot tilting LCD monitor. The tilting mechanism of this display enables easier viewing from high and low angles for live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation. Also helping to smooth the camera-function process is the Quick Menu, which is accessible via the rear Q button. This menu system provides a simple and abbreviated layout for quick manipulation of some of the most oft-used camera controls—such as adjusting the sensitivity between ISO 200-25600; selecting between seven different white balance settings; changing file size or aspect ratio; and for controlling dynamic range, AE, Film Simulation, or sensitivity bracketing—without having to delve into the larger menu tree. A built-in pop-up flash is available for providing additional exposure to scenes or, additionally, a traditional hot shoe is incorporated into the design to permit the use of off-camera flash with TTL exposure control.
Finally, a new technology for X-series cameras has been integrated into the X-M1: built-in wireless connectivity. This added feature permits instant transferring and sharing of images directly to Android and iOS mobile devices or to a wirelessly connected computer. When using the Fujifilm Camera App on either mobile system, you are can browse the files on the camera and transfer up to 30 images at a time between the camera and mobile device. This connectivity also provides an automatic backup service to your home PC through the use of the included Fujifilm PC AutoSave software.
|Image Sensor||APS-C (23.6 x 15.6mm) X-Trans CMOS with primary color filter|
|Sensor Cleaning System||Ultra Sonic Vibration|
|Storage Media||SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards (including UHS-1)|
|Still Image File Format||JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3), RAW (RAF), RAW+JPEG|
|Movie Format||File format: MOV
Audio: Linear PCM Stereo
L: 16 MP: 4896 x 3264
M: 8.0 MP: 3456 x 2304
S: 4.0 MP: 2496 x 1664
L: 13.5 MP: 4896 x 2760
M: 6.7 MP: 3456 x 1944
S: 3.5 MP: 2496 x 1408
L: 10.7 MP: 3264 x 3264
M: 5.3 MP: 2304 x 2304
S: 2.8 MP: 1664 x 1664
|Lens Mount||Fujifilm X-mount|
|Sensitivity||Auto, ISO 200-6400 (expandable to ISO 100-25600)|
|Exposure Control||TTL 256-zones metering: Multi, Spot, and Average methods|
|Exposure Mode||Programmed AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual|
|Exposure Compensation||+/-2 EV in 1/3 steps|
|Mode Dial||Advanced SR AUTO/P/S/A/M/C/Portrait/Landscape/ Sport / SP（Scene Position）/Adv./AUTO|
|Shutter Type||Focal plane shutter|
|Shutter Speed||30-1/4000 sec., bulb (up to 60 min.)
Advanced SR AUTO mode: 1/4-1/4000 sec.
|Flash Sync Speed||Up to 1/180 sec.|
|Continuous Shooting||Up to 5.6 fps (JPEG: max. 30 frames, RAW/RAW+JPEG: max. 10 frames)
3.0 fps (JPEG: max. 50 frames, RAW/RAW+JPEG: max. 10 frames)
|Auto Bracketing||AE or ISO bracketing: 1/3, 2/3, or 1 EV
Film Simulation bracketing: 3 types of film simulations selectable
Dynamic Range bracketing: 100%, 200%, 400%
|Focus Mode||Manual, Area AF, Multi AF, Continuous AF, Tracking AF, Face Detection|
|Focus Type||TTL contrast AF (AF assist illuminator available)|
|Autofocus Frame Selection||Area AF (49 areas with 7 x 7), changeable AF frame size|
|White Balance||Auto, Custom, Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight, Warm White, or Cool White), Incandescent light|
|Self-Timer||10- or 2-sec. delay|
|Built-In Flash Type||Super Intelligent manual pop-up flash; guide number: 23' / 7m at ISO 200|
|Flash Modes||Red-eye removal off: Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro, Rear-Curtain Synchro, Commander
Red-eye removal on: Red-Eye Reduction Auto, Red-Eye Reduction and Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-Eye Reduction and Slow Synchro, Red-Eye Reduction and Rear-Curtain Synchro, Commander
Red-eye removal is active when Face Detection is set to ON
|External Flash Connection||Hot shoe; dedicated TTL flash compatible|
|Monitor||3.0" 920k-dot tilting TFT-LCD monitor with approx. 100% coverage
3:2 aspect ratio
|Movie Recording||1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720 at 30p|
|Maximum Movie Clip Length||1080p: Approx. 14 min.; 720p: Approx. 27 min.|
|Film Simulation Modes||
Provia (Standard), Velvia (Vivid), Astia (Soft), Monochrome, Sepia
|Dynamic Range Setting||Auto (100-400%), 100%, 200%, 400%|
|Advanced Filters||Toy camera, Miniature, Pop color, High-key, Low-key, Dynamic tone, Soft focus, Partial color (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)|
|Additional Settings/Functions||Setting (Color, Sharpness, D-range, Gradation), Multiple exposure, Depth of Field display, Histogram display, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Monitor Sunlight mode, Focus Peak Highlight, Date stamp, Fn button setting, PictBridge, Exif Print, Language selection, Time difference, Quick start mode, Silent mode|
|Wireless Connectivity||IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (standard wireless protocol)
Access mode: Infrastructure
|Wireless functions||Geotagging setup, Image transfer (Individual image/Selected multiple images), View and Obtain Images, PC Autosave|
|Playback functions||RAW conversion, Image rotate, Auto image rotate, Red-eye reduction, Photobook assist, Erase selected frames, Image search, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Slide show, Mark for upload, Protect, Crop, Resize, Favorites|
|Interface||USB 2.0, HDMI mini (Type C, output), Remote release terminal for optional RR-90|
|Power Supply||NP-W126 rechargeable lithium-ion battery (included)|
|Start-Up Time||Approx. 0.5 sec. when QUICK START mode is ON
Approx. 1 sec. when QUICK START mode is OFF
|Operating Temperature||32-104°F / 0-40°C|
|Operating Humidity||10-80% (no condensation)|
|Dimensions||4.6 x 2.6 x 1.5" / 116.9 x 66.5 x 39mm|
|Weight||11.6 oz / 330 g (with battery and memory card)
9.9 oz / 280 g (camera only)
The new XF 27mm f/2.8 R lens is a compact, pancake-style lens that provides a 35mm equivalent focal length of 41mm, making it just slightly wider than normal. This versatile focal length is ideal for working in everyday situations. The f/2.8 maximum aperture is apt at controlling focus and benefits low-light shooting. The main asset of the lens is its inconspicuous form factor; it measures just 0.9” thick. When paired with an X-series camera, the entire system is lightweight and unobtrusive. The Fujinon optical construction integrates one aspherical element into its design, which helps to minimize aberrations and reduce the overall weight and size of the lens. This design also works to promote higher overall sharpness and clarity.
The XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens is a newly designated standard kit zoom lens that provides a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-76mm, covering wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives. It incorporates an OIS (optical image stabilization) system to help minimize the appearance of camera shake when working in difficult lighting situations or with greater magnifications. The optical design of this lens incorporates three aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element to minimize chromatic aberrations, distortions, and color fringing throughout the zoom range while also contributing to high image sharpness.
Both of these lenses feature Fujifilm’s proprietary X-mount for full compatibility with the X-series interchangeable lens cameras. This lens mount is specifically designed with a short flange distance, wide mount opening, and deep lens setting in order to ensure consistent, even illumination and sharpness across the entire image sensor. Each lens features all-glass elements and Fujinon Super EBC coating technology for high color fidelity, optical clarity, and maintained contrast.
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|Fujifilm XF 27mm f/2.8 R||Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS|
|Angle of View||55.5°||83.2°-31.7°|
|Focusing Range||Normal: 2’ / 60cm to infinity
Macro: 1.1’ / 34cm to infinity
|Normal: 2’ / 60cm to infinity
Macro (W): 1-32.8’ / 0.3-10m
Macro (T): 1.3-32.8’ / 0.4-10m
|Lens Construction||7 elements in 5 groups (with 1 aspherical element)||12 elements in 10 groups (with 3 aspherical elements and 1 extra-low dispersion element)|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7||7|
|Maximum Reproduction Ratio||1:10||1:6.7|
|Dimensions||2.4 x 0.9" / 61.2 x 23mm||2.5 x 2.6" (W); 3.9" (T) / 62.6 x 65.2mm (W); 98.3mm (T)|
|Weight||2.75 oz / 78 g||6.9 oz / 195 g|