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Fuji Announces the X-M1 Compact Camera and 27mm Lens
by Laura Hicks -  6/24/2013

A new family member is welcomed today into the Fuji lineup, the X-M1, a compact interchangeable lens camera featuring a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans Sensor--the same sensor we saw used in the Fuji X-Pro1 and X-E1. The camera is powered by Fuji's EXR Processor II. The X-M1 is the third interchangeable lens camera system for the X-series cameras. 

Fuji has seriously taken flight with their X-Series cameras. Soaring to new heights with superior image quality and solidly built camera bodies, the X-Series proves that Fuji camera have what it takes to produce professional level imagery. 

The X-M1 was granted many of the same beloved features as the other X-Series cameras including the Q Menu shortcut button, the in-camera RAW processing and the graphical user interface (GUI) to which Fuji users have become accustom. 

The X-M1 offers users a wide range of ISO sensitivities from 200-25600. The camera also has a multitude of creative functions including 5 film simulation modes and 8 advanced filters. The camera has 2 command dials (for those of us that love physical buttons and dials...including yours truly) that offer quick access to adjust shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation. The camera has been designed for easy, one-handed use. 

The X-M1 was designed as a step-up camera for newer photographers, so it will lack a key features that experienced Fuji users have come to love--the viewfinder. But a lower price point has been chosen to make up for this modifications. The X-M1 was given a large 3.0-inch 920k dot LCD screen which Fuji feels will work great for composing images even in sunny locations. I'm not fully convinced, but I also do not like junky viewfinders either. So this was probably the best option. 

The X-M1 records 1080p video and records sound with a built-in stereo mic. This camera does not have the option for an external microphone. 

Least we forget, this new X-Series camera come equipped with Wi-Fi which allows users to load images to Fuji's app then to the social media site of your choosing. 

The camera can be purchased body only or as a kit with the XC16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens. The lens is fully compatible with all of Fuji's X-mount cameras. It has 12 glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element. It has a 7 round-edged aperture blades. 

Fuji is also introducing the new XF27mm f/2.8 lens. It has the equivalent shooting distance of 41mm (in 35mm standards). It has 7 elements in 5 groups. And, as with the 16-50mm lens listed above, it has 7 round-edged aperture blades.

I really wish the X-M1 was sold in a kit with the 27mm f/2.8 lens. I think it just looks better and seems like a better fit for this size camera. But alas, these two must be purchased separately at this time. 

The Fuji X-M1 (body only) will be available in black and silver in July 2013 for $699.95. 

The Fuji X-M1 and XC16-50mm (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS lens (kit) will be available in July 2013 for $799.95. 

The Fuji X-M1 (body only) will be available in brown in August 2013 for $699.95. 

The XF 27mm f/2.8 lens will be available for $449.95 in July 2013.