Fujifilm X M1 in the practice Test

With a big sensor in a compact body, the Fujifilm X M1 wants to win new, sophisticated friends X system. That might work. ColorFoto author Horst Gottfried describes his first experience with the system camera.

Fujifilm X-M1 practice test

Mirrorless system cameras with the APS-C format sensor must be no larger than the micro four thirds competitors, even Sony with its NEX proved 3/5 models. Fujifilm with the New X-M1uses the same recipe for success now. The digital camera at ThemotorCyclers is noticeably smaller and lighter with 117 x 67 x 39 mm and 330 g operating weight than the highly acclaimed Big Sisters X-Pro1 (140 x 82 x 43 mm, 450 g) and X-E1 (130 x 76 x 39 mm, 350 g), and the starting price is even cheaper with 680 euros for the camera body.

Nevertheless, comes the Fujifilm X M1 with the same 23.6 x 15.6 mm 16-Megapixel X-TRANS-CMOS-sensor with special filter structure and without low-pass filter as well as the EXR II image processor. Thus it has the conditions for the same above-average image quality, which we know from the system camera sisters X-Pro1 and X-E1. Also the plastic housing is elegant and makes no cheap impression. Particularly elegant effect the black and Brown variant with silver top and bottom caps. Saved is in the Fujifilm X M1 elsewhere.

The first recordings of typical tourist motives with the Fujifilm X M1 on a short trip through Bilbao in July 2013 indicate no difference in image quality compared to the excellent X E1 because even at normal viewing. The Fujifilm image processor delivers the Usual good JPG photos in the X-M1.

The ISO comparison impressively demonstrates the large reserves of proven sensor/processor combination under low light conditions. ISO 200 to 6400 values can be easily photographed. Not striking when viewing the images, that the automatic in brighter environments like to change 400 or even ISO 800 to ISO – specially when shooting with the “SR +” fully automatic with automatic subject program selection, if only a moving car by the image goes.

The higher values ISO 12,000 and 25,600 then clearly increasing noise more for pictures with documentary purpose. Here our ISO range:

Plenty of light, little shadow

Also the exposure metering the Fujifilm X M1 proved to be used accurately. Automatic, optionally manual dynamic regulation provided as at Fujifilm usual good highlight and shadow detail. Bracketing can be activated if necessary – around for HDR photos, for the Fujifilm X M1 has no own function – quickly on the ‘ drive ‘ button and menu. The main options for the automatic and manual exposure control are normally available as by the X-E1.

To come new with the Fujifilm X M1 as “advanced filters” , digital effects, such as miniature, tonal dynamics, or single color. Fujifilm also retains the well-proven menu structure. Where are the most important settings in the menu, you have out soon.

The Fujifilm X M1 with the current lenses.

Please could the autofocus of the Fujifilm X M1. He performed thanks to new control algorithms quickly, quietly and very sure his service, with the new image stabilizing Kit compact zoom 3.5 5.6/16-50 mm OIS (24-75 mm KB) as well as for example with the new Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 mm (21 mm KB). The new practical “focus-peaking”function of the Fujifilm X-M1 with the highlighting sharp edges when focusing manually is available via software update now also for the larger Fujifilm X models available.

Operating the Fujifilm X M1 is with the typical mix of classic controls for direct access like the Central exposure dial up on camera, the four directional buttons and a central OK button, ‘ quick ‘ menu – direct start button for full-HD videos with 30 B / s. Despite the compact design, the X-M1 with two pivoting wheels comes right front and rear of the camera, where the back is no longer horizontal but flat vertically arranged, so that the camera as compact and yet, for the same place 7, 2V/1. 260mAh (8,7Wh)-Lithium-Ionen-Akku remains, as he does his duty in the larger models.

The Fujifilm X M1 above shows classic controls for current technology.

Unfortunately, the Fujifilm X M1 by the X-E1 has inherited the to slacken slightly unintentionally exposure correction ring with even less noticeable an adjustment of the X M1 due to the missing marks on the knob. Integrated Mini flash unit from the smaller X-M1 further jumps out as from the X-E1, to reduce the risk of red-eye.

Despite its compact dimensions, the Fujifilm X M1 well in normal sized hands is located. It allows also the operation with only one hand. With the optional small handle it remains even better here. The simple handle without further trigger offers also a middle child tripod, but block the cover for the battery and memory card compartment.

The folding LCD monitor is comfortable, good to recognize but not always in all light conditions.

Austerity measures

The compactness to the victims fell when the FujifilmX-M1 the integrated viewfinder, which brings us to the most serious limitation when compared to X-Pro1 and X-E1. Who will buy compact it, must live with Fujifilm with the downside of limited monitor visibility in bright light. Unfortunately also a connection option for an external electronic viewfinder is missing, you can find him at Olympus or Panasonic models.

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Almost as a consolation is the 3-inch LCD monitor of the Fujifilm X M1 in a 3-2-format by 90 ° to the top or bottom hinged. That has preceded the small X-M1 the larger. Also the price of 680 euros for the X-M1 with an electronic viewfinder not been possible. More austerity measures the Fujifilm X M1 concern the panorama function, white balance presets for underwater and Kelvin values as well as the electronic spirit level.

The transfer of images to the Smartphone that is possible, but no remote control is via Wi-Fi.

New: Wi-Fi connectivity

The discreet marker “Wi-Fi” in addition to the programmable by the user “fn” button next to the trigger points on the new, at the Fujifilm X M1 first X camera existing way of wireless communication Smartphone or tablet with installed Fujifilm App. It is also possible to auto-save on PC or Mac. The GPS function of the mobile device can be used. A direct Internet connection via Wi-Fi hotspots and a wireless remote control possibility via mobile device are not (yet) exist.

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ColorFoto author Horst Gottfried underwent a first test in practice the Fujifilm X M1.

Conclusion: Mature power

Overall the Fujifilm X M1 (680 euros), with the new kit lens XC supplied 3.5 5.6/16-50 mm OIS (kit price 800 euros) an promising first impression off. If is confirmed by the “perceived” image quality in the ColorFoto laboratory test, Fujifilm makes a tempting not least well priced offer ambitious and quality-oriented photographers who need to document their claim by a flashy full frame DSLR before the belly of all over the world, with the X-M1.

Nevertheless, it should be noted in practical terms: who must look not so much on the euro, is equivalent to the around 220 euros more expensive Fujifilm X-E1 (Test) mainly due to its good OLED viewfinder is still better served than with the X-M1 for 680 euros. Both offer an advantage not to be detected in the laboratory: a handy mirrorless X M1 or even X-E1 guaranteed less frequently at home remains as a large full-frame SLR.