Fujifilm has announced the August launch of a lower-priced large-sensor X-series model, the X-M1, which follows on from the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras.
The X-M1 incorporates the same 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor as the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Fujifilm X-E1. The sensor’s colour filter array minimises moiré and chromatic aberration without the need for an optical low pass filter, while boosting resolving power for sharp and texture-rich photos.
Sensitivity can be set from ISO 200 to ISO 6400 in 1/3 step increments. Users can also take advantage of the extended range of ISO 12,800 and ISO 25,600 for low-noise images in low light and can set the camera to ISO 100 as well.
Start-up time is 0.5 seconds in quick start mode, with shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and a maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames per second.
The Z-M1 is ‘designed to enable one-handed operation’, with the adjustable buttons and dials located on the right side of the camera’s rear LCD panel, so the photographer’s right hand can access all functions and easily adjust settings.
The X-M1 will be initially available in black and silver (with a brown version available later in the year). It weighs just 330 grams (body only).
The 3-inch 920,000 dot high definition LCD screen tilts up and down while the built-in flash on the X-M1 regulates the amount of light it fires depending on the scene. In low light indoor portrait shots or for close-ups the flash controls its output to reduce highlight blowout. It also provides accurate fill-in flash when photographing people in backlit conditions, or under intense sunlight casting strong shadows on the face.
The built-in wireless image transfer function uses a dedicated Fujifilm camera App (free download) for immediate transfer of shots to a mobile device or computer, enabling easy upload to social networking sites or sharing with friends. Photos and videos can also be imported to the camera from a mobile device or computer.
The X-M1 comes equipped with a compact, lightweight XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS kit lens, covering the focal lengths of 24mm–76mm (35mm equivalent).
New 27mm prime lens
This is the seventh interchangeable lens introduced by Fujifilm for its mirrorless interchangeable range. It includes a glass moulded aspheric element that reduces image distortion. The new lens weighs just 78 grams and measures 23mm in length, keeping the camera compact when mounted.
Fujifilm claims the lens is ‘one of the fastest among single focal length lenses on APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras’.
The use of a seven blade round diaphragm means the subject is isolated with attractive bokeh in portraiture shots that have a shallow depth of field, or in close-up photography.
The Fujinon XF 27mmF2.8 X Mount interchangeable lens has an RRP of $599 and will be available in August. .