Summary: I already have an Olympus Pen, a Sony NEX, and a Samsung NX mirrorless cameras. However I bought into Fuji's X-Trans sensor technology hype - and yes, I have seen many impressive photo samples on the internet by Fuji X cameras. So I ordered an X-M1 from another online retailer. Is it worth close to $600 price tag? No!! The body of X-M1 is retro all right, but not in a good way! This camera body reminds me of cheapie ANSCO plastic camera from the film days!!!
Summary: I was really looking forward to putting this camera through its paces, and the image quality of the photographs the Fujifilm X-M1 captures is stunning. The X-M1 has the same sensor as the XE-1 and X-Pro1 and thus the same image quality. The colors are vibrant on the JPEGs the camera produces and the RAW files process nicely through Lightroom. I used the camera up to ISO 1600 and have been very impressed with how well this camera controls noise at those higher ISOs.
Celeste "Vodka, Apple Pucker & Sweet 'n' Sour", Amazon
28 December 2013
Summary: There are two things about this camera that I disliked right from the start, and both are very major drawbacks. First, there is no viewfinder on this camera. You have to use the LCD screen to frame your shots. In addition to this being quite awkward, it makes the battery run down very quickly. Personally, I feel more detached from a scene when viewing it on a screen versus viewing it through a viewfinder.
volodoscope "Artist by heart, geek by nature", Amazon
9 September 2013
Summary: I've had Nikon DSLRs and Sony portables, and never have I been so confused with a camera more than this Fujifilm. I've found myself figuring out the interface majority of the time instead of taking photos. The wireless function is a joke, the app on iPhone doesn't even work properly and has been updated a year ago. Just shows that Fuji is not serious about modern features that Sony has been pushing.
Excerpt: Recently sold APS C sized DSLR with the hopes of reducing size and weight of system without loss of quality. They Fuji XM-1 was ok on quality, however the lack of a viewfinder made framing pictures in bright light almost impossible. The next problem was with the Fuji menu system, just too complicated. They could take lessons from Nikon or Canon on that.
Pros: Great Resolution, Great Zoom, Small / Compact
Excerpt: Didn't really have it long enough for a thorough analysis but here are my observations based on a couple days evaluation. Focus and handling are good indoors, files are beautiful. Command dials turn very easily however and are easy to nudge and inadvertently change settings with routine handling of the camera. Outdoors, I had trouble composing and shooting accurately even with the outdoor LCD boost.
Pros: Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Cons: Dials Too Loose, No Viewfinder, Short Battery Life
Excerpt: I tried to use it as a 2nd camera to my Fujifilm X-E1. The camera is physically smaller than the Fujifilm X-E1. It says so in the specs, but until you hold one in your hands, I did not know. The controls are a little different on the back of the camera, with most of them the same as the X-E1. I knew that it did not have a viewfinder. The screen does pull out to use for low and high subjects.
Pros: Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good in Low Light, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
No panorama mode (unlike the x100s, Xe-1 and most cameras!)
14 August 2013
Summary: I'll focus on the issues because there are so many options out there for mirrorless cameras and most will take amazing photos. 1) No panorama mode and No builtin HDR. This camera is suppose to be "easy" to use, a starter camera for the x system. I don't know why fuji left these features out. 2) It would also be nice if the self-timer included multiple photos after countdown ends. like canon/sony/panasonic cameras. The feature is great for group photos.