YI Technology M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-40mm Lens (Ice Silver)

YI Technology M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-40mm Lens (Ice Silver)

YI Technology M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-40mm Lens (Ice Silver)

B&H # YIM1S MFR # 95018

Product Highlights

  • 20.2MP Sony IMX269 CMOS Sensor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • UHD 4K Video Recording at 30p
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen LCD
  • Built-In Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Contrast-Detect AF System with 81 Points
  • ISO 25600 and 5 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Hot Shoe; Master Guide Templates
  • Skin-Friendly Arnitel Thermoplastic Body
  • YI 12-40mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
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YI Technology M1 overview

  • 1Description

Aiming to be both compact and capable, the mirrorless ice silver M1 Digital Camera from YI Technology will help users capture sharp, highly detailed stills and impressive UHD 4K video with ease. Equipped with a 20.2MP Sony IMX269 Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor, photographers will be able to create images with vivid color and high resolutions at sensitivities up to ISO 25600 and at speeds of 5 fps. Bundled with the camera is a compact 12-40mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, which has an extremely versatile 24-80mm focal length for working in a vast variety of shooting situations.

As part of the Micro Four Thirds system, the M1 can accept nearly any Micro Four Thirds lens. Also, the minimalist Arnitel thermoplastic body incorporates a 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD for intuitive and fast operation. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy help augment operation by allowing a direct connection to a smart device via a mobile app. This setup can be used to instantly transfer photos to your device as well as remotely control the camera.

Ensuring subjects are in focus, the M1 uses a contrast-based AF system with 81 points. A flash can easily be equipped via the hot shoe located on the top of the body. Additionally, it features Master Guide templates to help make sure you are choosing the right settings for your shot.

20.2MP Sony IMX269 Image Sensor
The YI M1 is equipped with the Sony IMX269 image sensor, a 20.2MP 17.3 x 13mm Micro Four Thirds format sensor that is designed for maximum detail and accurate colors. It can work in a variety of shooting conditions thanks to a sensitivity range that reaches up to ISO 25600. This sensor can also help shooters work quickly, providing a maximum continuous shooting speed of up to 5 fps.
UHD 4K Video Recording
Capture highly detailed UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) video at 30p with the YI M1 mirrorless camera. Using H.264 compression, this camera can maintain high quality video at small data rates. Also, it has options for 2K (2048 x 1536) video at 30p, Full HD and HD video at 60p, 30p, and 24p, and an ultra-fast VGA (640 x 480) setting at 240 fps. Audio is recorded alongside video with a built-in stereo microphone and users will have access to digital stabilization during video recording.
Contrast-Detect AF System
Lock onto subjects quickly and accurately with the 81-point contrast-based AF system of the YI M1. It features both single-shot and continuous focus modes with a touchscreen focus & shoot mode also present. This system can work in dim lighting conditions with a rated illuminance range of -4 to 20 EV. Manual focus receives a boost in the M1 as well, with focus peaking and focus magnifier options available.
Body Design
  • Micro Four Thirds system camera allows it to use nearly any Micro Four Thirds mount lens.
  • Made from a lightweight DSM Arnitel L-X07805 thermoplastic elastomer that is skin-friendly and smooth to the touch. This durable material features a textured finish with a scratch resistant coating.
  • 3.0" 1.04m-dot multi-touch touchscreen LCD with 720RGB x 480 resolution provides an intuitive form of operation.
  • Two buttons on rear of camera with minimalist top plate.
  • Hot shoe for mounted optional flash unit.
  • Weighs only 9.9 oz with battery installed.
Other Features
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy enable a direct connection between the camera and a smart device, allowing for instant transfer and wireless control via a mobile app.
  • Image output setting of 50MP for automatically resizing image data to create an ultra-high resolution file.
  • Panorama mode.
  • Automatically create time-lapse videos with dedicated shooting mode.
  • Accepts SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards up to 512GB.
  • Battery is rated to provide up to 380 shots on a single charge.
YI 12-40mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
With a wide-angle to short telephoto 24-80mm equivalent focal length, the YI 12-40mm f/3.5-5.6 lens bundled here with the camera will help users work in a wide range of shooting situations without needing to swap out lenses. The lens is extremely portable, thanks to a variable f/3.5-5.6 maximum aperture and it uses Extra Dispersion (ED) glass and four aspheric elements to minimize chromatic aberrations and distortion. Additionally, it has a minimum focus distance of 13.8".
In the Box
YI Technology M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-40mm Lens (Ice Silver)
  • 12-40mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
  • Lens Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack
  • USB Cable
  • USB AC Power Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    YI Technology M1 specs

    Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
    Camera Format Micro Four Thirds (2x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 21.77 Megapixel
    Effective: 20.16 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 20 MP: 5184 x 3888
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 17.3 x 13 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVC/H.264
    Audio: AAC
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDXC (up to 512 GB)
    Image Stabilization Digital
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 29.97 fps
    2048 x 1536p at 29.97 fps
    1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps
    1280 x 720p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps
    640 x 480p at 240 fps
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min 59 Sec
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S), Touch AF & Shutter
    Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 81
    Viewfinder Type None
    Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen LCD (1,036,800)
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600
    Shutter Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 1/4000 - 60 Seconds , Bulb Mode
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Evaluative Metering, Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Bulb, Manual, Panorama Shot, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Time
    Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Incandescent, Shade, Sunlight
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps at 20 MP
    Flash Modes Auto
    Flash On
    Built-in Flash No
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 125 Second
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Self Timer 2 Seconds, 10 Seconds
    Interval Recording Yes
    Internal Memory None
    Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes
    Battery 1Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Polymer Battery Pack900 mAh
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
    Humidity: 30 - 90%
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.5 x 2.5 x 1.3" / 113.5 x 64.3 x 33.6 mm
    Weight 9.88 oz / 280 g with battery
    Kit Lens
    Focal Length 12 - 40mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 80 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22
    Angle of View 84.1° - 30.3°
    Minimum Focus Distance 13.78" / 35 cm
    Optical Design 11 Elements in 9 Groups
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 49 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.30 x 2.48" / 58.3 x 63 mm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.1 x 6.2 x 4.3"

    YI Technology M1 reviews

    M1 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-40mm Lens (Ice Silver) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad for amateurs I bought this camera from B&H used dept this june but didnt play much with it because i have olympus OMD-10-2 and pen pl-6 which i like a bit more. I shoot about 15 yrs for now and also own\owned omd5, pen pm-1 and pl-7, and some canon dslr's. First thing that freaks out those who are used to big arrays of dials and buttons is almost total lack of them) Pen pm-1 and canon m1\m10 have almost same situation , so i guess its a common idea that amateurs rahter use touchscreen - here, its a bit worse tham on my omd, but menu is simplier and faster to seek through, though it doesnt offer to change much. Enough with general thoughts, here's bullet-list of pros and cons, for me. Pros: -Lightweight -kinda nice design -good sensor 20mp\4k - say hello to olympus and its Omd10-3 -usb chargeability -timelapse -focus-peaking in video -low requirements for sd cards - i wrote 15-20sec 4k 77mbps videos on 4gb 4-10class card and realised it only after removing it, -low price. Its a pity that olympus dropped pen pm line, pm-3 even with 16mp sensor could be a good competitor for this camera i guess, pl-8 is too pricey. -flash card slot is on the right -good smartphone app - dng raw is well-supported(my xnview mp doesnt read it well though) -you can buy a separate charger with usb, in kit with a battery. its a bit scary to charge camera on the go, usb port might get broken when you bend a cable too much Cons: -video shooting only in ae\awb -takes 3 secs to make a shot since power-on -AF is lousy, in video you'd better use mf and peaking, good it has it -no raw+jpg -doesnt have automatic dust-removal -doesnt remove lens abberations like olympus does -12-40mm lens is ok but could be shorter - the camera is one of lightest among m4/3, but kit is bit bulky. -doesnt come without a lens these ones i didnt see in other reviews: -it doesnt put lens on infinity focus on power-off as olympus - you can damage it when camera is in case or backpack. I broke focusing mechanism of some old mf sigma zoom when i hit it on extended zoom-focus barrel -flash shoe is made without angle on the edge, some flashes will fit hardly there (canon ex430 and ex580) some wont at all(aputure ring led flash) I consider it something between Oly Pen pm-2 and pen pl-6, so dont list lack of omd10-2/pl7 features as cons.
    Date published: 2017-08-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great 1st mirrorless.... This camera takes beautiful pictures....the auto focus is a lil sketchy tho.... Will fit ANY Micro 4/3rd lens.
    Date published: 2017-11-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The future of digital cameras - and the future is bright! I am an enthusiast who's interest is in video. This isn't *the* perfect camera for stills or video but it shows where (I think) the future lies. Inside the box was the camera, a 12-40mm zoom lens, battery, USB cable, and a cell phone style wall charger. Once the battery is inserted, there is no need to remove it to charge. Plug the cable into wall charger & the camera to charge it. This implies: 1) the camera can charge from ANY USB power source, such as a car charger, or battery back-up. 2) the camera can be powered from an outlet w/o a special adapter. The lens is a Micro four-thirds (MFT) format - so, any MFT lens fits - I tried it out at a local camera shop, & ended up purchasing a Panisonic 25MM MFT lens. The lens was recognized & auto-focus worked. I am confident any lens MFT lens will work. The camera shoots 4K video at 30 FPS, as well as other HD formats. The camera does't have a jack for an external mic. YI has a free app for iPhone and Android (I have an iPhone). The app controls all the camera's still features, *and* gives a live preview of what the sensor sees! It doesn't start/stop video recording. The app automatically updated the camera's firmware to the latest version. Lastly, the app allows images to be 'download' from the camera to the phone The SD card slot is on the side of the camera, so there is no need to remove the camera from a tripod to swap-out cards. Here's why I think this is the future: despite some of the missing things I have mentioned, the combination of value, open lens format (MFT) & features isn't being offered by any other manufacturer - with a little tweeking the M2 may just disrupt the entire camera market place.
    Date published: 2017-07-04
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