I just think straight away we should just celebrate the fact that Fujifilm have made a fantastic camera with the Fujifilm X-M1. I mean, this tiny camera is 10 years old and it’s fabulous. Even though it doesn’t have an iso dial, doesn’t have an exposure compensation dial and doesn’t have a viewfinder – it’s still fabulous!
Usually, with those three items missing I’d not be that interested in a camera like the Fujifilm X-M1, but i am because what Fujifilm have done with this, they’ve done so well by making it so miniature, and then functionally easy that i don’t miss those missing dials. I really love that it’s so lightweight and easy to hold, so I don’t miss the viewfinder. The only downside is that on a really bright, sunny day it’s more difficult to see the screen.
The Fujifilm X-M1 has a 16mp, x-trans 1 sensor, which produces some fantastic, filmic images. They look like they’ve come directly from a film camera. It’s the retro style that I love.
Would you buy this camera? I think in the end it would just come down to whether you want a camera that’s a fraction smaller because a camera like the Fujifilm X-E2 is tiny as well – but this one is obviously is just a fraction smaller.
I think the biggest thing will be whether you are someone who can cope without having a viewfinder. I think if you desperately have to have a viewfinder then you will struggle with the X-M1 one because obviously you know you’re having to rely on the fact that you are doing everything through the screen.
Your other decision is to decide if you like the layout of this camera. I love the way that this pad on the back of the camera works – I really like the minimalist style. There’s a lot to be said for this camera and I wish I’d have got it a long time ago.
So, how on earth is this camera not talked about more? I’ve just been blown away by the kind of analog gorgeous film-like photos that i’ve ended up with just from one trip out this morning to the beach. The Fujifilm X-M1 fits in one hand so nicely and makes you know you really can just get anywhere with it. Going on hikes or travel abroad with this will be so easy! The size also enables you to be very discreet if you like street photography – you’ll hardly be noticed.
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Because you’re not looking through a viewfinder you actually can just sit or stand with this open and then just happily take photos unnoticed. The Fujifilm X-M1 has everything that i want in a camera. A great sensor, small form factor and a retro style. I can really recommend it if these things are on your bucket list too!
In terms of value for money, I think the Fujifilm X-M1 represents great value for money if you’re looking for a small, travel camera that won’t break the bank. It doesn’t have super quick autofocus or AF tracking as it’s around 10 years old, and it wasn’t designed for such things. This camera is an elegant travel camera that will provide you with a discreet, low cost option – and a set of stunning, filmic images that will make people think you shot them on 35mm film.
I love the old legacy cameras, and this Fujifilm X-M1 has become just that, a legacy because the new, updated models come out so it makes me love it more.I know not everyone loves these cameras, but i love this Fujifilm X-M1 because it’s got the first Fujifilm sensor in it.
The old sensor in this camera is the reason to buy it now. It’s got that filmic look that adds depth and texture to the image. It allows me to put all my presets on the photos and this adds another level of depth and beauty to the photo.
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You can spend large amounts of money on lenses and incredible equipment these days, but for extortionate prices. But, you can pick up something like this legacy camera from Fujifilm for a fraction of the price of anything else and it is just incredible. Cameras are mostly about the output – if you like the images that come from the sensor, that’s what matters.
I’m happy to compromise on everything else, such as AF speed, IBIS and touch screen, but I need a sensor that provides me with the colours and texture in the final image.
I’ve taken some beautiful landscape images with this camera, even though it’s not designed for landscapes. It’s designed as a compact travel camera for holidays to capture family moments, but it’s actually a camera for landscapes because i’m not looking for large megapixels and all that kind of thing, but texture and that film look. I’m looking for atmosphere, which this sensor gives me.