The Fujifilm X-M1 : Bargain bucket gold

There’s a great little bargain doing the rounds at the moment that I think is worth mentioning; The Fujifilm X-M1. It’s now going on three years old. But you can pick one up, second-hand, for between £100-130 and get an awful lot for your money.

The relatively small Fujifilm X-M1 with the Fujinon 27mm F2.8 pancake lens

The relatively small Fujifilm X-M1 with the Fujinon 27mm F2.8 pancake lens

16 Megapixel X-Trans sensor – Same sensor as in all the FujiX range (up until the X-Pro2 that is); Same as the X-E2, X-T10 and X-T1. These sensors, coupled with FujiFilm glass collect light in the most exquisite and unique way, backed up with an engine that produces incredible JPegs straight out the camera.

Flip screen; pretty standard. Not selfie angles, but easily 90 degrees up or down (more than the A6000 for example).

WiFi – seemingly standard, but remember that the Fuji’s have fantastic in-body raw conversion complete with film simulations… And they all use the same App. Fantastic for a camera this price. In comparison, a second hand M43rd camera like the Olympus E-PL5 is averaging around the same, but with no WiFi

Picture of Fujifilm X-M1 with common objects we should all be familiar with - to show scale

Picture of Fujifilm X-M1 with common objects we should all be familiar with – to show scale

The size – Remember that the highly acclaimed advanced fixed lens Fujifilm X100s/t is around the same size as the X-E2 with the 27mm F2.8 pancake lens on… and will give similar results. This X-M1 doesn’t have a viewfinder, but as a result is significantly smaller (with the aforementioned lens).

Great controls – As entry level, the X-M1 diverted a little from the traditional dials (the shutter speed in particular) utilising a PASM mode dial instead. But amazingly, it DOES have two function dials. One top one which works as EV comp (or shutter) and a brilliantly implemented back vertical one, used for Aperture or Shutter modes, which also clicks inward for zooming in Manual Focus mode. There’s also a Fn button by the shutter which is programmable. Often used for AE lock, I use it for focus lock (I must do a post on function button configurations).

One quick note about Fuji’s dials; It’s important to remember that although generally convenient (at first glance), printed dials are actually somewhat limited to the physical numbers printed on them. I.E. the shutter dial of the X-T10 goes 1,2,4,8,15,30,60,180x,250,500,1000,2000,4000 (a total of 13 options) whereas internally, like the X-M1 has some 50 odd options in reality. Including slow exposures.

The Fujifilm X-M1 has wifi, so is perfect for instagrammers

The Fujifilm X-M1 has wifi, so is perfect for instagrammers

In my opinion for around a hundred quid, this camera is a steal. Combined with the minuscule, but very relevant 27mm pancake, makes a combination that’s easily jacket-pocketable. And a fraction of the cost of a X100T or the new X70. (You can pick up the 27mm second-hand for around £140-170). At which point you’ll still have an interchangeable lens camera you can switch up to ANY of the amazing Fuji glass should you wish to…. or even just get one body per lens, so you don’t have to swap ;-P

I think the reason it’s been disregarded is because it’s A) Fuji’s entry level X-Trans interchangeable mirrorless camera and B) It’s age and lack of viewfinder. But if you can live without a viewfinder, I can’t recommend it enough for the price.

Here are some example shots I’ve taken with the X-M1

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