Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Fujifilm X-M1 Camera Overview

Fujifilm X-M1 with the Leica 50 F/.95

Shooting over the past week with the new X-M1 has been very enjoyable.  I really appreciate the tilt LCD as well as the compact size of the camera.  Having the confidence in the 16MP X-Trans APS sensor makes shooting a new camera much easier since the sensor has already proven itself in the market with the X-Pro1 and X-E1.  So all I have to do is get used to some new handling features and set-up.
From the instant you spot your shot and switch ON your FUJIFILM X-M1, its high-speed performance will ensure the magic of the moment does not escape your lens.

Capture subjects with 5.6 fps (max. 30 frames**) high speed continuous shooting

The X-M1 has several new features described in earlier posts and all over the web.  For a full list see the product page on the Fujifilm site:
I've been using the camera with all of the XF & XC lenses.  Of course I know it is frustrating that the blogger process removes the metadata - that isn't my intention.  I need to do a little bit harder edit out of the 1000+ images so far - perhaps more is better in this scenario.
The X-M1 will be available in late July for US $699 body only and $799 with the XC16-50.

Here are the other page links for the XF27mm lens and camera launch


The next 17 or so images are the X-M1 with the XC16-50.

Versatile Shooting Modes & Mode Dials

In addition to a wide range of shooting modes, the FUJIFILM X-M1 offers a selection of versatile scene positions that ensure optimum results no matter what the scene.

Advanced SR AUTO
Advanced SR AUTO automatically optimizes shutter speed, aperture and other settings. It instantly recognizes 58 scene types and then selects the most appropriate settings. All you do is frame, press the shutter and enjoy pro-class photo quality.
  • * 54 scene types with non-OIS lens attached
The easiest mode for taking pictures. Use this for ordinary photography.
Advanced Mode
  • Advanced Filter
  • Multiple Exposure

Scene Position
Ensures the ideal camera settings to match the shooting scenes. Frequently used Sports, Landscape, and Portrait modes can be switfly selected with the Mode Dial.
Program AE
Automatic mode to specify the settings except for the shutter speed and aperture setting.
This mode is a shooting mode with user settings.

Shutter Priority AE
An automatic mode to set the shutter speed.
Aperture Priority AE
An automatic mode to set the aperture.
This mode provides more detailed settings that are impossible to set in Auto mode.

Set for shooting portraits. Skin tones are softened as it enhances the overall natural look.
A quick recognition of persons in motion or objects for a faster shutter speed to help you catch the perfect moment.

Best for shooting scenery in daylight capturing clear and sharp shots of buildings and mountains effectively.

In-camera filtration using the Advanced features - Miniature
In-camera filtration using the Dynamic Pop feature.

ISO 800 1/20th with fill flash

Images below - until mentioned otherwise are with the Leica 50mm.  This lens is very exciting to use and was challenging to focus wide open - but every good challenge has a learning effect.  Having the focus peaking capability was essential.  Without focus peaking I'd almost proclaim the lens is not useful with moving subjects at all wide open.  The peaking highlights really made it possible to grab a few shots along my walk.  I chose NOT to stop down so shot most at F/1.0 give or take a few 1/3's.
And for the really tech savvy - I was using a 3 stop ND filter. 

With FUJIFILM X-M1's lens interchangeability, you can capture Full HD movies (1920 x 1080) and take advantage of the unique optical character of a wide selection of high-quality lenses. The combination of the large sensor and bright XF and XC lenses also lets you capture movies with a large, beautiful "bokeh" background. For more impact, you can add MONOCHROME or one of FUJIFILM's original Film Simulation modes and create impressive movies.
Even when shooting moving subjects, Auto Focus keeps the action in sharp focus. And if you are shooting scenes while walking, image stabilization can minimize blur***.

Make Cinema Magic with FULL HD Movie x Film Simulation

True-to-life natural tonality and color reproduction.
Shoot Full HD Movies in the vibrant colors of Velvia.
Capture the action in richly expressive monochrome tones.

Fujifilm X-M1 with the Fujifilm lenses.

Some of the new features on the X-M1 include the ability to control the flash by up to + - 2 stops which is a big improvement over the prior controls of = - 2/3's
The X-M1 has face detection for easy grabbing of focus of people's faces.  This of course works in capture and playback.
The X-M1 has Focus Peaking
Wifi is included in the body as well for location services and image transfer to mobile device (some limitations depending on the smartphone platform).

Fujifilm has great color!!  This is something I always appreciate in my post work.


FUJINON XF high quality compact prime lens.
Clear, high fidelity descriptive performance in a compact, lightweight form make this lens a perfect partner for FUJIFILM X-M1. With a focal length of 41mm*, about the same angle of view of the human eye, this lens is not only a superb snapshot choice, but also performs well in a variety of scenes from portraits and landscapes to architectural shots. High-speed, high-precision AF is driven by a built-in high-torque DC coreless motor to capture fleeting moments in sharp focus.

XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS

From the wide angle 24mm* to a standard mid-range telephoto up to 76mm*, this compact zoom lens empowers you with a wide range of focal lengths. While it is ideal for landscapes and travel photography, its versatile performance makes it a great choice for shooting special occasions indoors and outdoors. Superb optical performance is assured by the all-glass 10 group / 12 element lens configuration includes 3 aspherical lenses and 1 ED lens. The reduced weight of the focusing lens combined with a high-precision stepping motor ensure high-speed autofocusing. So those once-in-a-lifetime shots won't escape your camera. Also optical image stabilization effectively minimizes blur when shooting dark scenes or zooming in on the action. When shooting movies, the lens keeps moving subjects in crisp focus, while image stablization keeps blur to a minimum even when shooting scenes while walking.

From the hip shooting is much easier with the tilt LCD

In camera multi exposure mode.

Step out with DSLR-style agility

Compact and lighter than a typical DSLR, but delivering uncompromising resolution rivaling its bulky cousins. The classic lines of the small body invite you to take it with you wherever you go. The impact of what the FUJIFILM X-M1 offers will motivate you to get out there and seize every moment.

Simple "One Handed" Operation

All dials and buttons are arranged on the right of the LCD for easy and direct control at your fingertips.

These are shot at ISO 2000.

I am an employee of FUJIFILM North America Corporation.
The statements, comments and opinions expressed here represent my own, personal views and are not endorsed by, or affiliated in any way with, FUJIFILM North America Corporation or its affiliates.


  1. Looking very good! I like the tilt screen, the wider zoom is a big draw as well - and of course all those Fuji lenses both old and still to come.

    Many thanks for your first impressions. I hope you'll add more!

  2. Anonymous12:25 PM

    Nice shots, i've ordered mine waiting for its arrival for my holiday.

  3. SMA shooter12:39 AM

    I wish manufacturers that decide to offer articulated screens would build them to swing vertically as well as horizontally. A horizontally-tiltingtilting screen may be useful for photographers and videographers who always hold the camera horizontally, but it will be of no help to a photographer who wants to shoot a vertical picture. My Canon G1X has a fully articulated screen, and I love it. A screen that just tilts in horizontal mode won't do the job for me.


A Quick Look at the 1972 Hasselblad 500C/M

Just a few snaps of the awesome and durable 500C/M.