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conclusion:We like it

83

The X-M1 from Fuji is an attempt to bring the X-system made popular by the X-E1 and X-Pro 1 to a more affordable form and, for the most part, it succeeds. When designing the X-M1, Fuji opted to keep the retro styling that has become popular with its cameras, resulting in DigitalCameraInfo calling it "absolutely gorgeous." However Pocket-Lint felt differently, saying the "faux (plastic) leather ... isn't as enticing" as they'd like. Since it does use Fuji's X-system, CNET finds the X-M1 delivers the "best photo quality" in a sub-$1000 compact, and Photography Blog agrees, saying the X-M1 "delivers the same excellent image quality as its big and more expensive brothers." One area where you can really feel the lower cost is in the camera's speed, and Trusted Reviews points out "performance is generally solid" but that it's "not as snappy as some of its rivals." If you've been wanting to get in on Fuji's retro styling and image quality, but don't shell out for one of their more expensive options, the X-M1 offers a more affordable way to jump in.

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Critic reviews

8.2
12 reviews
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    9.0
  • Video quality
    6.7
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Durability
    7.3
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    7.6
  • Ease of use
    7.5

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User reviews

9.0
1 review
  • Image quality
    10
  • Video quality
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    10
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    10
  • Ease of use
    10
8.0
CNET Jul 26, 2013

While it may not be the best overall camera available for less than $1,000, the Fujifilm X-M1 does deliver the best photo quality in its price class.

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7.0
PC Mag Aug 23, 2013

The mirrorless Fujifilm X-M1 features a big APS-C image sensor that's capable of capturing some excellent images, but it's just a little slow to focus and fire.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Aug 16, 2013

Imperfections there may be, and it can feel a little more B-movie than Hollywood at times, but the X-M1 will score a cult-movie-like following for all its positives.

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8.0
Reviewed.com Cameras Aug 24, 2013

Putting an X-Trans sensor in a plastic body is a bit like putting a Ferrari engine in a Toyota Camry. Yeah it's got a lot of get up and go, but at the end of the day, the beige paint and cloth seats diminish the overall experience. And the handling? Not so sporty.

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10
Digital Versus Aug 6, 2013

The Fujifilm X-M1 may not be the speediest camera on the block or the most Wi-Fi savvy. However, picture quality is breathtaking at all ISO settings—even with Fuji's kit lens, which is surprisingly good. The X-M1 runs circles around its competitors and sets a new standard for picture quality.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Aug 7, 2013

The stylish retro design is complimented by an excellent finish, but perhaps most importantly of all is the beautiful results that the X-M1's X-Trans CMOS sensor delivers, and for some that'll be a premium worth paying.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Aug 13, 2013

What the X-M1 may be lacking in specification - as well as in the value stakes - it more than makes up for it with striking design and the standard of image quality. If you're in the market for an entry-level CSC, it's well worthy of consideration.

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8.0
Camera Labs Jul 1, 2013

The Fujifilm X-M1 is an interesting development in the X-series and provides the opportunity for those who hanker after the style and performance of the X-E1, but at a more affordable price.

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8.0
The Phoblographer Aug 23, 2013

They took their award winning sensor, put it in a super rugged body, tweaked the autofocus a bit, and showed that they’re willing to change their ideas to appeal to another crowd of customers.

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8.0
Digital Trends Oct 21, 2013

Whether you’re a pro photographer or one that never moves out of automatic mode, the Fujifilm X-M1’s image quality will astound you.

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9.0
Photography Blog Jul 17, 2013

Ultimately, while we actually preferred the X-E1 to its big brother, the X-Pro1, the same can't be said about the X-M1, despite it being significantly cheaper and shipping with a good kit lens. The lack of a viewfinder is the main problem.

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TechRadar Jun 24, 2013

We've been very impressed by Fuji's X-Pro1 and X-E1, which have superb build quality and produce excellent images. However, their price puts them beyond the reach of many photographers. The new Fuji X-M1 appears to make compromises in all the right areas to reduce cost, but promises to deliver...

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