Fujifilm X-M1 has been officially announced as an entry-level alternative to the X-Pro1 and X-E1 in the world of APS-C X-Trans image sensor cameras.
Fujifilm has attracted a lot of positive reviews when the first camera powered by the 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS image sensor became official. The X-Pro1 and X-E1 are still considered too expensive, therefore consumers have been asking for an entry-level device. Fuji has answered these calls and the X-M1 has been unveiled on June 25, just like the rumor mill had predicted.
Fujifilm X-M1 revealed as an entry-level X-Trans camera
The Fujifilm X-M1 specs also include the EXR Processor II, which allows users to boot the camera in 0.5 seconds. Furthermore, the shutter time lag is reduced to 0.05 seconds, while giving photographers the possibility of capturing 5.6 frames per second for up to 30 frames in continuous shooting mode.
Although there is no built-in electronic viewfinder, Fujifilm has added a tilting 3-inch LCD screen with a 920K-dot resolution. A tripod mount is also available, along with integrated flash, WiFi, and a hot shoe for adding external accessories.
The WiFi function requires the Fujifilm Camera app that can be downloaded on smartphones, tablets, and computers. It will allow users to share images instantly without connecting the camera using a USB cable.
Fuji’s new X-M1 records full HD videos and captures RAW photos
Fujifilm X-M1 is capable of recording 1920 x 1080 videos at 30 frames per second. Other features include RAW shooting, ISO range between 200 and 6400, though sensitivity variation can be increased between 100 and 25600, and a shutter speed between 1/4000 and 30 seconds.
Photographers will have access to the usual exposure modes, including Auto, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, and more.
Multimedia content can be stored on SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards.
The entry-level X-Trans camera is lacking built-in image stabilization, leaving users at the mercy of OIS-ready lenses.
Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens goes official, too
Speaking of lenses, the Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens has been officially revealed, too. It provides a 35mm equivalent between 24 and 76mm, and it is made out of 12 elements split in 10 groups with three aspherical elements.
The lens comes with a stepper motor, autofocus support, and integrated Optical Image Stabilization to steady your shots. Its minimum focusing distance stands at 15.75-inch and the aperture can be set to a minimum of f/22.
The Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens weighs 0.43lbs, while the new X-M1 camera weighs 0.73lbs.
Fujifilm X-M1 and XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens release date and price details
Fuji’s new pair of products will become available in Black and Silver colors this July. The camera will cost $699.95, while the lens kit will be priced at $799.95. Moreover, the body will also be released in the Brown color, that we have seen yesterday, in August.
The body-only version of the Fujifilm X-M1 is available for pre-order at Amazon and Adorama for $699.95. The estimated shipping date is late July at Adorama, though Amazon says that the camera will reach your house on July 29.