Valhalla, NY—Fujifilm North America Corp. announced the X-M1 compact system camera. The third interchangeable-lens system camera in its X series, it weighs 11.6 ounces and measures 4.6×2.6×1.5 inches, while utilizing the same 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor used in the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X-E1 premium models.
The X-M1 ships with a new Fujinon XC16–50mm (24–76mm equivalent) f/3.5–5.6 OIS zoom lens that captures wide-angle to mid-telephoto range images and is suitable for low-light scenes, portraits and landscapes. The lens consists of 12 glass elements in 10 groups, including three aspherical elements and an ED element. Seven round-edged aperture blades offer 17 stops in 1/3-EV increments for aperture control.
“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. “The remarkable new X-M1 with its large APS-C X-Trans sensor, 3.0-inch tilting LCD screen, new XC16-50mm lens and easy wireless image transfer, gives enthusiasts the ability to capture amazing quality images and also share them effortlessly.”
The camera’s sensor uses a color filter array designed to minimize moiré and false color, without an optical low pass filter. And users can set the camera’s sensitivity from ISO 200–6400 in 1/3-step increments and take advantage of the extended range of ISO 100 and ISO 25,600 to obtain low-noise images in low-light conditions. The X-M1 also boasts a start-up time of 0.5 second, a shutter time lag of 0.05 second and a maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames per second (max. 30 frames).
The X-M1 also features a 3.0-inch tilting LCD screen with 920,000 dots for image viewing and framing at various angles. The monitor tilts at variable vertical angles, for both low-angle and high-angle shots whether on or off a tripod.
Other features include: a built-in flash with guide number 7; a Wi-Fi button that lets users transfer photos and movies from the camera to smartphones, tablets and computers for uploading to social media sites; key operation buttons and dials are positioned on the right side of the camera’s rear panel for easy use; a mode dial for selecting the settings; eight creative filters (toy camera, miniature, dynamic tone, pop color, soft focus, high key, low key and partial color); multiple exposure mode to superimpose a second exposure on the first exposure; Full HD 1080p30-fps movie recording with built-in stereo microphone; and an advanced SR auto function, which automatically recognizes each scene and selects the best settings.
To connect the X-M1 to a smartphone or tablet, users can download the free Fujifilm camera app to their iPhone/iPad or Android smartphone or tablet to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time from the X-M1. The app also lets users download movies.
Fujifilm’s X-M1 will be available in black and silver in July 2013 for $699.95, body only. The X-M1, which uses the Fujifilm X mount, will also be offered with the XC16–50mm f/3.5–5.6 OIS kit lens for $799.95. In addition, the X-M1, body only, will be available in brown in August 2013 for $699.95. fujifilmusa.com