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Fujifilm X-M1 Review - Image Quality and Verdict Review


Owing to the model’s X-trans sensor, image quality is an area where we can expect an X-series camera to excel, and the results from the X-M1 prove that the camera is no different.

Fujifilm X-M1Close-up of candle flame with a blurred background demonstrating camera focus.
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The X-M1’s rock-solid 256-zone metering system rarely skips a beat, producing accurate exposures in a range of different lighting conditions.

The same can be said about of the auto white balance system, which delivers neutral results in a host of light sources. If you’re ever unhappy with the results you can simply choose one of the pleasing ‘film’ colour settings on the camera.

Fujifilm X-M1Black and white photo of a colonnade captured in high detail.
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The X-M1 also handles noise at higher ISO settings noticeably well, with very little noticeable noise issues up to ISO 3,200 on JPEG files. Even at the top native ISO setting of 6,400 results are decent, and you need not have any hesitation at shooting at the top end of the range

Fujifilm X-M1Comparison of camera ISO settings showing noise levels
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As you’d expect, Raw files to exhibit more noise, although they’re pleasingly lacking in chroma noise. Any noise that is there can be dealt with easily enough using the bundled Silkypix software.

Fujifilm X-M1 7

Should I buy the Fujifilm X-M1?

The Fujifilm X-M1 is by no means a cheap camera, currently price around £679 with the kits lens. This means that it’s more expensive than some impressive rivals, such as the Panasonic Lumix GF6 and the Sony NEX-5R.

These rivals arguably have stronger specifications as well, and therefore it seems like the X-M1 is set to struggle. However, the Fujifilm X-M1 is beautifully designed, handles fantastically and offers some of the very best image quality in its class.

So, despite a few issues and a specification that is lacking in comparison to its rivals, it’s certainly an entry-level CSC to consider.

For more alternatives, head to our top 10 best camera round-up.


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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Score in detail

  • Value 6
  • Design 8
  • Features 7
  • Image Quality 9
  • Performance 8

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