Anujeet MajumdarJun 25, 2013 14:18:14 IST
Fujifilm has been busy for the last few years. In January of last year, the company first came out with its APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor, which promised to deliver superior image quality courtesy a new design that removed an optical low-pass filter. The company brought all this to the X-Pro1, which also saw an official launch in India last year.
While successful in the market, the size of the X-Pro1 and its $1,700 (Rs 1,01,456 approx) price tag may have scared off some potential buyers. Fujifilm addressed those buyers by releasing a smaller and relatively lesser priced X-E1, which was the second interchangeable lens camera of the brand with the base body coming with a price of Rs 70,000 approx.
Now, the company has continued the trend by introducing another X-Trans-equipped model, the X-M1. The X-M1 sports the same 16.3 megapixel sensor as both the X-Pro1 and the X-E1, while being housed in a lightweight body. The base body of the camera will set buyers back $700 (Rs 41,770 approx).
Fujifilm has introduced the X-M1, which will come to the market with a $700 price tag
The X-M1 is a reasonably light camera with a base weight reading of 328 g, which includes the battery and memory card, but without the lens attached. As far as optics is concerned, users can add an f/3.5-5.6 16-50mm (24-76mm equivalent) lens with optical image stabilisation to their base body kit. The additional lens will cost the users another $100 (Rs 5,900 approx), though, apart from the base body price. The additional lens will be compatible with the existing XF and XC line-up, which includes a variety of prime and zoom options.
The X-M1 features a 3-inch 920k-dot tilting LCD (but no EVF) as well as built-in flash and a dedicated mode dial and on-board Wi-Fi, which will be a boon for all photographers, as it will let users shift photos and movies to Android and iOS devices via a dedicated app.The X-M1 features an EXR Processor II that allows the camera to start up within 0.5 seconds. The processor will also give the camera a 0.05-second shutter lag time as well as a maximum burst shot speed of 5.6 fps for 30 consecutive frames. The sensitivity range the X-M1 offers stands at ISO 100-25,600, which is fairly standard if you compare it with other cameras in the market.
According to the company, the X-M1 is set to hit stores in July sporting a black and silver finish. There is also a brown body version of the camera, which will be available from August for the same price as the standard X-M1 body.
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