X Ambassador Christian Fletcher talks about the Fujifilm X-M1Posted by Fujifilm Australia
Said professional photographer Christian Fletcher, “First impressions of this camera are that it is AWESOME. I’m loving using it. The files look similar to the X-Pro1, but maybe better. The camera works really quickly and the autofocus is fast and responsive. Manual focusing is also a breeze with focus peaking. Would I buy this camera? Yes, I already have! Would I recommend it to others? Hell, yeah!!
The Remarkable X-M1
You want the best image quality possible, but you don’t want a big heavy camera? The answer is one of the new X-series cameras from Fujifilm, perhaps the diminutive X-M1?
The Fujifilm X-M1 is a remarkably small interchangeable lens camera with remarkably high image quality. In fact, it is high image quality that has made the whole X-series range so successful with professionals and experienced enthusiasts around the world.
New Sensor Design
Behind the high image quality are many factors and one of the most obvious is the new sensor design developed by Fujifilm.
Most cameras use an optical low-pass filter (OLPF), which slightly blurs the image to solve colour problems. Fujifilm thought this was backward thinking, so it designed a completely new colour filter array for the sensor which means no OLPF is required, and so it’s new X-Trans CMOS sensor reproduces scenes with resolution and clarity rivalling a larger sensor.
Not that the X-M1 sensor is small – it’s the same size found in DSLR cameras, measuring 23.6x15.6 mm and considerably larger than many other cameras in its class. This is the heart of the incredible image quality, but just as important as the sensor are the lenses.
Photo near Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, by Christian Fletcher using the Fujifilm X-M1
Extensive Lens Range
The X-Series now has nine lenses with focal lengths ranging from 14-200mm (approx. 21-300mm in full-frame DSLR terms).
Incorporating both zoom and prime lenses, some with very wide maximum apertures for shallow depth-of-field effects, the X-series lenses match the best in the world and many experts believe they are the best. When you compare the captured files, there’s no doubting the resolution, clarity and colour fidelity.
Professional photographer Christian Fletcher makes large landscape prints for a living, so he understands image quality very well. And after making his first print from the X-M1, he was effusive with his praise!
“OMG”, he exclaimed! “To make images like this from such a small camera is unbelievable. And it opens up so many new shooting possibilities.”
Importantly, these lenses are small and lightweight, so even with three or four lenses, a camera bag revolving around the Fujifilm X-M1 is very portable. You can take it with you everywhere.
So, there are lots of small cameras with good image quality, what sets the X-M1 apart?
First up is it’s sensible design. Although the X-M1 has a cool, retro look, the dials and buttons are arranged on the right of the LCD screen for easy control. And the large LCD screen itself will tilt up or down, so you can hold the camera overhead or at ground level for different perspectives.
The camera is also suitable for users of all skill levels. It offers a fully automatic SR Auto mode which recognises 58 different scene types and sets the most appropriate exposure settings, automatically. You can also select a range of scene types, or choose the standard program, aperture-priority, shutter-priority and manual exposure modes as well.
However, this camera is no slouch. It is fast and incredibly responsive with a 0.5 second start-up time and a shutter lag of around 0.05 seconds – so no pressing the shutter and missing the shot because the camera isn’t fast enough!
The X-M1 offers 5.6 frames per second continuous shooting and Full HD video as well, but what you’ll really enjoy is the Wi-Fi connectivity. Playback and select the photos on your camera’s LCD screen, then press the Wi-Fi button on the camera to send them to your smartphone or tablet.
And if you download the Fujifilm Camera App, you can share your images on the spot to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and so on. Now that will be fun!
Of course, a more sensible use of the Wi-Fi connectivity is to automatically transfer and save your photo to your PC or backup drives – and of course the X-M1 offers this too!
And More Toys
There is a small built-in flash on the X-M1 with an intelligent flash mode, which works especially well for close-ups.
You can also create masterpieces using a series of eight artistic effect filters, such as the miniature effect, partial colour and low key. And being a Fujifilm camera, you can set the X-M1 to simulate Fujifilm’s popular film types, for both still and movie capture, and you can even take double exposures just like we used to with film cameras.
So how do we list all the other features, like a 49-point autofocus system, built-in auto bracketing features, auto ISO control and raw file shooting? We can’t! You’ll have to visit Fujifilm’s website to get the whole X-M1 story:at www.fujifilm.com.au. Or take a trip to your nearest Fujifilm camera supplier.