One of the most af­ford­able FU­JI­FILM X-se­ries cam­eras ar­rives on our doorstep

Gor­geous Pho­tos

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There is no doubt that the FU­JI­FILM X-se­ries aims to re­turn class and so­phis­ti­ca­tion to photography with its retro de­sign, qual­ity build, and amaz­ing photography. With the X-M1, FU­JI­FILM seeks to of­fer the best of the X-se­ries in an af­ford­able mir­ror­less in­ter­change­able lens pack­age, and in many ways it de­liv­ered.

From the mo­ment we took our first photo with the X-M1, we im­me­di­ately no­ticed the best fea­ture of the cam­era: its pic­ture qual­ity. The X-M1 shares the same X-Trans sen­sor as the X-E1, but it is cou­pled with the EXR Pro­ces­sor II found in the out­stand­ing X100S. The re­sults are some of the best pho­tos taken with a mir­ror­less cam­era in its price range.

We were also im­pressed with the cam­era’s color ac­cu­racy and at how us­able the pho­tos are even when taken at high ISOs. In fact, the X-M1 de­liv­ers crisp re­sults up to ISO1600. How­ever, the us­abil­ity of pho­tos taken at higher ISOs highly de­pends on the sub­ject, but they are mostly ac­cept­able.

The in­clu­sion of tilt­ing screen and flash are not novel, but they are a very wel­comed ad­di­tion to the X-M1. The flex­i­ble an­gle en­cour­ages cre­ativ­ity as it makes it eas­ier for pho­tog­ra­phers to cap­ture shots from both lower and higher an­gles. It also en­ables old-school pho­tog­ra­phers to take pho­tos at chest or waist level, much like with the vin­tage film cam­eras.

The tiny, tilt-able, and rarely needed built-in cam­era flash has to be man­u­ally ac­ti­vated, even in Auto mode. We like how we could tilt the flash up to bounce the light off of ceil­ings, which re­sults in softer and more pleas­ant light­ing. We also liked that the X-M1 could shoot in RAW for­mat.

The X-M1 also of­fers ac­cess to some in­ter­est­ing reper­toire of ef­fects and ca­pa­bil­i­ties. We found that ef­fects such as mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure and film em­u­la­tion are fun and cre­ative. How­ever, the cam­era’s Wi-Fi ca­pa­bil­ity, which up­loads pho­tos to An­droid and iOS de­vices via an app, can be a lit­tle con­fus­ing, but it works.

Where the X-M1 fal­ters most no­tice­ably is in its speed. Its aut­o­fo­cus is ac­cu­rate and rea­son­ably quick, but its startup and time be­tween shots can be as long as two sec­onds. We also no­ticed slow­downs in the menus and when se­lect­ing cam­era modes via its mode wheel.

We also no­ticed that the 1650mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens fal­tered slightly when it comes to macro shots, even when set to Macro mode. We need to take a step back be­fore the cam­era could fo­cus on a close-up ob­ject. So if you are a fan of macro photography, you may want to look for an al­ter­na­tive lens. The videog­ra­phers may want to think twice as well. Al­though we love the im­age qual­ity on the X-M1, its videos ap­pear jaggy likely due to the lack of anti-alias­ing on its sen­sor.

The FU­JI­FILM X-M1 has its share of flaws, but it is ex­cel­lent at what it does: tak­ing pho­tos. Make no mis­take; it is a great choice for any­one look­ing for a mir­ror­less in­ter­change­able lens cam­era that of­fers ex­cep­tional im­age qual­ity at a rel­a­tively mod­est price. Its clas­sic build that harkens back to the days of film photography are merely ic­ing on the cake.

165 // RE­VIEWS

Over­all color ac­cu­racy is good and it han­dles high con­trast sit­u­a­tions very well.

The im­age qual­ity holds up well, all the way up to ISO6400.

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