Best Compact Interchangeable-Lens Cameras: Fujifilm X-M1

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Fujifilm-X-M1-reviewThis premium compact system camera is the third interchangeable-lens model in the award-winning Fujifilm X series. About half the size of a typical DSLR, but built to deliver uncompromising resolution rivaling its bulky cousin, the X-M1 uses the same 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor as the acclaimed X-Pro1 and X-E1 to deliver vibrant detail and color.

The camera is bundled with a Fujinon XC16–50mm (24–76mm equivalent) f/3.5–5.6 OIS zoom lens that will help you capture crystal clear wide-angle to mid-telephoto range images. The XC16-50mm is a versatile lens for a range of photographic subjects, including low-light scenes, true-to-life portraits, and rich colorful landscapes.

“The X-M1 is a perfect combination of power and performance, all within a lightweight and well-built chassis. Photographers and enthusiasts alike can confidently take the X-M1 everywhere they go, and it will deliver images that exceed their expectations,” said Go Miyazaki, president and chief operating officer, Fujifilm North America Corporation.

With the X-M1’s pro-quality sensor, you can set the sensitivity from ISO 200 to as high as ISO 6400 in 1/3-step increments, and you even take advantage of the extended range of ISO 100 and ISO 25,600 to obtain clear, low-noise images even in low-light conditions when shooting at night or indoors.

And to capture life in the fast lane, the X-M1 has a start-up time of just 0.5 second, a shutter time lag of 0.05 second, and a maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames per second. It also features a 3.0-inch tilting, high-resolution LCD screen for easy image viewing and framing at various angles—so you can capture both low-angle and high-angle shots whether on or off a tripod.

Of course, the X-M1 records Full HD movies, 1080p at 30 frames per sec, with a built-in stereo microphone for terrific audio. 
Other features include: a built-in high-precision flash that automatically controls flash strength according to scene types; key operation buttons and dials positioned on the right side of the rear panel for easy use and quick picture taking; an advanced SR auto function that automatically recognizes each scene and selects the best settings for you; in-camera RAW processing; film simulation modes (Fujifilm Velvia, Astia, Provia, Sepia, and Black & White); eight filter effects (toy camera, miniature, dynamic tone, pop color, soft focus, high key, low key, partial color); a multiple exposure mode to superimpose a second exposure on the first exposure; and a beautiful softly defocused “bokeh” background for professional-looks photos.

For really easy image transfer, the X-M1 has a Wi-Fi button that lets you transfer photos and movies from the camera to smartphones, tablets and computers to upload to social media sites. No ID or password—it’s that easy once you’ve downloaded the free Fujifilm camera app to your iPhone/iPad or Android smartphone or tablet device. Then you can transfer 30 pictures at a time from the X-M1, plus the app lets you download movies.

The Fujifilm X-M1, body only, comes in black, silver, or brown for $699.95, or $799.95 with the XC16–50mm f/3.5–5.6 OIS lens.

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