Review Fujifilm X-M1 and XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS | Bert Stephani

With that out of the way, let’s see what I think about the X-M1, the youngest and cheapest Fuji X-camera with interchangeable lenses. When the X-M1 was announced, I was’t exactly excited. At first sight it seemed just a dumbed down cheaper version of the X-E1 and in many ways it’s exactly that. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I can only applaud Fuji for making it easier for people to enter the X-world. But I was a bit worried that the X-M1 could be the first sign of Fuji loosing it’s great design philosophy and start compromising in order to conquer the lower end of the market. I wasn’t really considering even trying out this camera, let alone, add one to my gear bag. It just didn’t seem like a camera for me. During our visit to the Fuji Tokyo headquarters, mr. Tanaka, the Digital Camera Business Unit President, gave each of us an X-M1 with the 16-50 as a present. We all were very honored by this gift, certainly when we found out they came with a personalized serial number (mine says “Bert S.”)……

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