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FujifilmX-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Black XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Black)
 
3.9

(based on 13 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (10)
  • Great resolution (9)
  • Large clear LCD (9)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Fast shutter speed (4)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (12)
  • Family photos (8)
  • Low light (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (4), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fujifilm X-M1 Review

I've used the Fujifilm X-100 before and I loved it. It had a few downsides and shortcomings but I was really in love with the concept of using a beautiful vintage design and...Read complete review

I've used the Fujifilm X-100 before and I loved it. It had a few downsides and shortcomings but I was really in love with the concept of using a beautiful vintage design and combining it with simple manual controls and modern sensor and electronics technology.
Which means for this review, I might compare the X-M1 to the X-100 here and there.
Here's my personal list of pros and cons without getting into too many technical details.

CONS
1. The body housing is made of plastic. You probably won't see it, but I felt it somehow. The X-100 had an all metal housing and just felt more solid and more valuable.

2. Mounting the X-M1 to a tripod will introduce two problems. First, just like with the X-100, if you have a standard tripod quick release plate attached to the body, you can't open the battery/memory card compartment. Second, since the tiltable LCD screen will fold down when you want to use it in a different position, the quick release plate of the tripod will block any movement. There's simply no space to pull it away from the body.

PROS
1. This baby is loaded with features.

2. Operation of all functions are much easier compared to the X-100.
Manual focussing, almost not usable with the X-100, is a real joy with the X-M1. You can magnify your focussing area and highlight the things in sharp focus. It's really fun and easy to do it.

3. Setting your spot focus point. What a PITA that was with the X-100. You had to use both hands to move your desired spot focus point around. Now with the X-M1, all you need is your right hands thumb. Excellent handling, thought through very well.

4. The Quick Menu button. I'm used to designated buttons at big DSLR bodies. But you don't have the space for lots of buttons on a tiny compact camera like the X-M1. That's why I was very pleasantly surprised when I was introduced to this "Q" button which will open a screen of the most used adjustment settings. Things like focus mode, self-timer, image stabilizer mode and many other things can be set here simply by dialing one of the two main wheels. Very easy to work with.

5. Modern camera features. Finally. The main body I do most of my assignment photography with is the Nikon D800. I absolutely love that camera for many benefits, but to be honest, I think a modern DSLR body should not be lacking of so many features. Tiltable display – come on, that's a must have. I don't want to dig my chin into the dirt for taking low angle shots. The X-M1 features a nice and large tiltable display. WiFi capabilities – yes, the X-M1 has it, the big D800 and the small X-100 don't. Same applies to GPS or Geo Tagging features.

6. Not to forget – you can change your lens at the X-M1

7. The sensor is simply amazing at capturing image details and colors. It's the same sensor that's built into the X-E1 and the X-Pro1. It's just a pleasure to have this level of technology backing up your creativity.

All in all the X-M1 seems to be much more mature in regards of features and usability than the X-100.

THINGS I'M STILL UNDECIDED ABOUT

The kit lens. I shot about 300 to 500 images so far. The lens is obviously not the Ferrari among lenses but I was actually still quite pleased with the results. The image stabilizer works wonders. Seriously, I shot hand held images at 1/20s at ISO 2500 sharp and detailed enough to use for stock photography. However, the form factor of this lens beats the purpose of having this camera at all. I want to use this camera as a small "put-it-into-your-pocket-and-take-it-wherever-you-go" device. That lens is not big, but it's still way too big to carry it with you all the time. So my strategy is actually to sell the kit lens and then purchase the super slim Fujifilm 27mm f/2.8 lens.

THINGS I DID NOT MENTION

Yeah, the X-M1 does have a lot more auto programs, filters and processing features some people might want to use. I don't use auto programs so I can't even leave a well-informed comment.

The "missing" viewfinder. Might be a big deal for some people but it isn't to me. When I first used the X-100 it became quickly uncomfortable to look through the viewfinder. I just find the body too small to have your eye on it while trying to make adjustments with your fingers. So I learned to use the LCD screen instead whenever I use such a small camera. And it got pretty comfortable and that's why I don't even miss the viewfinder on the X-M1 at all.

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Build quality lacking

Didn't really have it long enough for a thorough analysis but here are my observations based on a couple days evaluation.

Focus and handling are good indoors, files are beautiful. Command...Read complete review

Didn't really have it long enough for a thorough analysis but here are my observations based on a couple days evaluation.

Focus and handling are good indoors, files are beautiful. Command dials turn very easily however and are easy to nudge and inadvertently change settings with routine handling of the camera. Outdoors, I had trouble composing and shooting accurately even with the outdoor LCD boost. I really wanted to embrace this camera because I love shooting from high and low angles but realized I would still prefer a viewfinder for 95% of my shots.

Most disappointing however, was the build quality; from the photos, I expected something like the X-E1 or the X-Pro. In reality, the top and bottom plates are very plasticy as is the rest of the surface. I was worried about longevity and at this price point expected better build. That said, the buttons and other controls felt solid except for the tendency of the dials to turn with minor effort.

Bottom line, I returned it. Others may not take issue with my concerns but they were overwhelming for me.

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5.0

Awesome Camera

By Fazzad

from Manvel, Tx

Verified Buyer

Comments about X-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Black XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Silver):

I've always been a Canon guy (semi-pro models) so this was my first step up out of that realm. Very nice camera and capture fantastic shots. I'm still learning how to use all the features of this beauty but I'm totally in love with it!

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2.0

Fuji X-M1 Terrible in low light

By Thy

from Atlanta GA

About Me Casual Photographer

Pros

  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • No Viewfinder
  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about X-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Black XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Black):

This camera in general is very good. When you have enough light outdoor, the pictures are very good.

Don't count on it indoor with ambient light. You have to bump ISO really high, range of 1600, to get enough light for shutter around 1/60 or 1/90.

Video is terrible, blurry, wrong color/white balance. Junk!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Versatile

By Guitari

from Brooklyn , NYC

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel

Comments about X-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Black XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Silver):

I like this because it has the point and shoot features when it's a tough situation to find the right settings but has capability to learn proper photo technique as well

Downside, wish you could take longer videos.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Good Travel Camera

By North Star

from Chicago, IL

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Good Battery Life
  • Great Resolution
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about X-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Black XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Black):

Just took my new XM1 to Northern Ireland. I did not want to bring a bigger DSLR so I opted for the XM. In short, the pics are very sharp with good color. The camera is easy to handle but a optional grip would be helpful if you have bigger hands. Good battery life with the Fuji battery. The start-up is a bit slow as I am used to faster Nikon DSLRs. I did not mind the lack of a viewfinder though it would be a nice option. It does have a nice solid feel as the body is metal. I prefer a heavier camera and this fit the bill.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Just what I wanted

By Wizard

from Granby, CT

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about X-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Black XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Black):

    My primary camera is a full-frame Nikon D-700.

    However, I wanted a smaller camera that could:
    1- Fit in my car glove compartment
    2- Have a large sensor (like my old Nikon D300)
    3- Provide lots of menu options
    4- Have a lens that covers 90% of the range I use
    5- Was cost effective

    While I gave on the idea of a viewfinder, the screen is outstanding so I don't miss it. Also, the menu provides for a selection that lessens the glare on the LCD screen. Works well.

    Overall, as a photographer with 50 years experience, I am very satisfied and would re-buy this camera.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 7
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Great camera with some drawbacks

    By SheriBear

    from Lehi, Utah

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about X-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Black XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Silver):

      I love the tilt screen. Awesome feature. Also offers some fun advanced features like a toy camera mode or options where it picks up only the yellow, blue, green, or red in a photo and the rest is black and white. What's not so great: the photo size is pretty small. About a 1/4 of the size my Cannon Rebel takes. However, when it's stretched, it looks about the same quality. BIG downside is that Adobe Photoshop DOES NOT SUPPORT the raw RAF file. Period. I can not find a single way to get it into Photoshop without making it a JPEG. Which makes the raw file obsolete, in my opinion, and is a huge deal breaker with this camera.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Dissappointed

      By Dennis

      from Fallbrook, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Complicated Controls
      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about X-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Black XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Silver):

      Recently sold APS C sized DSLR with the hopes of reducing size and weight of system without loss of quality. They Fuji XM-1 was ok on quality, however the lack of a viewfinder made framing pictures in bright light almost impossible. The next problem was with the Fuji menu system, just too complicated. They could take lessons from Nikon or Canon on that.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 1
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Build quality lacking

      By schralp

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Dials Too Loose
      • No Viewfinder
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about X-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Black XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Black):

      Didn't really have it long enough for a thorough analysis but here are my observations based on a couple days evaluation.

      Focus and handling are good indoors, files are beautiful. Command dials turn very easily however and are easy to nudge and inadvertently change settings with routine handling of the camera. Outdoors, I had trouble composing and shooting accurately even with the outdoor LCD boost. I really wanted to embrace this camera because I love shooting from high and low angles but realized I would still prefer a viewfinder for 95% of my shots.

      Most disappointing however, was the build quality; from the photos, I expected something like the X-E1 or the X-Pro. In reality, the top and bottom plates are very plasticy as is the rest of the surface. I was worried about longevity and at this price point expected better build. That said, the buttons and other controls felt solid except for the tendency of the dials to turn with minor effort.

      Bottom line, I returned it. Others may not take issue with my concerns but they were overwhelming for me.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      My New Great Toy

      By Thy

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about X-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Black XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Black):

      I really like the camera. I was able to take pictures and transfer them to the smartphone and tablet right away.
      - size = perfect
      - weight = perfect
      - lens = quite tight during zooming, not as smooth
      - sharpness = so so. I didn't print but looking on line is very good.
      - battery = didn't take that many shots to know but been taking pictures since receiving it (2nd weeks now) and still going on the first charge.
      - I put in there the SDXC 128GB and it works fine.
      - I used the Vivitar 285HV in auto mode and it works great! The flash is too big for the cameral.
      - Focusing is problem in low light
      - I knew it before but having no viewfinder does bug me. I don't like looking at the rear monitor...too consumer like and not like "pro" :)

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      buy for great color reproduction

      By The artist

      from Tulsa, ok

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Poor Image Stabilization

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about X-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Black XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Silver):

      Fantastic color! Have the 35mm and 18mm x lenses a am blown away with the color. Have I mentioned the color of this camera is superb. Hard to beat the sensor and processor on the x series. Buy this if you don't fantastic color reproduction need a viewfinder or go with the x pro.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8

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      3.0

      X-M1 is it for you?

      By Stan the photo man

      from Chicago IL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about X-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Black XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Black):

      I tried to use it as a 2nd camera to my Fujifilm X-E1. The camera is physically smaller than the Fujifilm X-E1. It says so in the specs, but until you hold one in your hands, I did not know. The controls are a little different on the back of the camera, with most of them the same as the X-E1. I knew that it did not have a viewfinder. The screen does pull out to use for low and high subjects.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 5
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Fujifilm X-M1 Review

      By PictureBreeze.com

      from Concan, Texas

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about X-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Black XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Silver):

      I've used the Fujifilm X-100 before and I loved it. It had a few downsides and shortcomings but I was really in love with the concept of using a beautiful vintage design and combining it with simple manual controls and modern sensor and electronics technology.
      Which means for this review, I might compare the X-M1 to the X-100 here and there.
      Here's my personal list of pros and cons without getting into too many technical details.

      CONS
      1. The body housing is made of plastic. You probably won't see it, but I felt it somehow. The X-100 had an all metal housing and just felt more solid and more valuable.

      2. Mounting the X-M1 to a tripod will introduce two problems. First, just like with the X-100, if you have a standard tripod quick release plate attached to the body, you can't open the battery/memory card compartment. Second, since the tiltable LCD screen will fold down when you want to use it in a different position, the quick release plate of the tripod will block any movement. There's simply no space to pull it away from the body.

      PROS
      1. This baby is loaded with features.

      2. Operation of all functions are much easier compared to the X-100.
      Manual focussing, almost not usable with the X-100, is a real joy with the X-M1. You can magnify your focussing area and highlight the things in sharp focus. It's really fun and easy to do it.

      3. Setting your spot focus point. What a PITA that was with the X-100. You had to use both hands to move your desired spot focus point around. Now with the X-M1, all you need is your right hands thumb. Excellent handling, thought through very well.

      4. The Quick Menu button. I'm used to designated buttons at big DSLR bodies. But you don't have the space for lots of buttons on a tiny compact camera like the X-M1. That's why I was very pleasantly surprised when I was introduced to this "Q" button which will open a screen of the most used adjustment settings. Things like focus mode, self-timer, image stabilizer mode and many other things can be set here simply by dialing one of the two main wheels. Very easy to work with.

      5. Modern camera features. Finally. The main body I do most of my assignment photography with is the Nikon D800. I absolutely love that camera for many benefits, but to be honest, I think a modern DSLR body should not be lacking of so many features. Tiltable display – come on, that's a must have. I don't want to dig my chin into the dirt for taking low angle shots. The X-M1 features a nice and large tiltable display. WiFi capabilities – yes, the X-M1 has it, the big D800 and the small X-100 don't. Same applies to GPS or Geo Tagging features.

      6. Not to forget – you can change your lens at the X-M1

      7. The sensor is simply amazing at capturing image details and colors. It's the same sensor that's built into the X-E1 and the X-Pro1. It's just a pleasure to have this level of technology backing up your creativity.

      All in all the X-M1 seems to be much more mature in regards of features and usability than the X-100.

      THINGS I'M STILL UNDECIDED ABOUT

      The kit lens. I shot about 300 to 500 images so far. The lens is obviously not the Ferrari among lenses but I was actually still quite pleased with the results. The image stabilizer works wonders. Seriously, I shot hand held images at 1/20s at ISO 2500 sharp and detailed enough to use for stock photography. However, the form factor of this lens beats the purpose of having this camera at all. I want to use this camera as a small "put-it-into-your-pocket-and-take-it-wherever-you-go" device. That lens is not big, but it's still way too big to carry it with you all the time. So my strategy is actually to sell the kit lens and then purchase the super slim Fujifilm 27mm f/2.8 lens.

      THINGS I DID NOT MENTION

      Yeah, the X-M1 does have a lot more auto programs, filters and processing features some people might want to use. I don't use auto programs so I can't even leave a well-informed comment.

      The "missing" viewfinder. Might be a big deal for some people but it isn't to me. When I first used the X-100 it became quickly uncomfortable to look through the viewfinder. I just find the body too small to have your eye on it while trying to make adjustments with your fingers. So I learned to use the LCD screen instead whenever I use such a small camera. And it got pretty comfortable and that's why I don't even miss the viewfinder on the X-M1 at all.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent camera and kit lens

      By travelingman

      from northampton, ma

      Pros

      • High Iso Capacity
      • Outstanding Color
      • Outstanding image quality
      • Sharp Kit Lens
      • Small Light Body

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • DSLR replacement
        • Every day use
        • Travel

        Comments about X-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Black XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens (Black):

        Several years ago, I stopped lugging my dSLR when traveling and moved to a sony nex which served its purpose But, I wanted better image quality and have followed with interest the raves of IQ in the x-E1. But, I found that large and expensive for my needs. Hence, my interest when the x-m1 appeared.It has fully met my expectations! It is small and comfortable in the hand; not pocketable, but promises to be a fine travel companion. The camera is solid in feel. The image quality is spectacular with outstanding colors. ISO of 6400 has produces images that I will have no problem making large prints. The kit lens is very sharp; amazing value at $100 with the body. The camera focuses fast; it only struggles if dark and the subject has no contrast. But very acceptable. The x-m1 will now be my every day camera, not just for travel.

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        • No

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