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Leaked Photos of Fujifilm’s X-M1 Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Appear

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Rumors emerged last month that Fujifilm would be announcing an entry-level X Series mirrorless camera this summer. Looks like those rumors were spot on.

Photographs of an upcoming Fujifilm X-M1 mirrorless camera leaked today, showing a sleek and minimalist camera that looks like a stripped down version of existing X Series cameras.

The camera has no viewfinder, but instead has a tilting LCD screen on the back that’ll give you flexibility in composing your shots.

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The sensor inside the camera is reportedly the same 16-megapixel X-Trans APS-C sensor as the ones found inside the X-E1 and X-Pro1.

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On the top of the camera, we see a label that indicates the camera will have Wi-Fi wireless connectivity. There’s also a mode dial, hotshoe, and pop-up flash:

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The lens in the leaked photos is a new 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. An upcoming 27mm f/2.8 lens also leaked:

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This new “entry-level” camera will reportedly have a price tag of around $600 to $650 for the body only. It will be announced at a Fujifilm press event on June 25th, 2013 (next week).

(via digicam-info via Fujirumors)


Update: Here’s a look at how big the X-M1 is compared to other X Series cameras.


 
 
  • http://www.purseblog.com/ Vlad Dusil

    I dislike the current trend to omit optical viewfinders on modern compacts. Bright sunlight renders the rear screen utterly useless and EVFs are expensive.

  • http://johngoldsmithphotography.com/ John Goldsmith

    Awesome! A camera without a viewfinder, said no one, ever.

  • Ms

    Xpro1 for the sunny days. I think this little guy would make a great backup for the X series or M setup if it had the split screen & focus peaking.

  • tttulio

    Does it justify R&D and manufacturing costs just to make a camera slightly cheaper than the XE-1? actually the SRP is what you get the XE-1 nowadays.
    Why not just ramp up production of the XE-1 and let economics os mass production bring the price down?

  • ChristianRudman

    If it has the same sensor as the Xpro and XE1 it will not have either of those beautiful features. The newer Xtrans II sensor only has that capability at this time. That being said, it would still be a formidable competitor to the PEN series. Plus a hotshoe viewfinder would look much more at home to this camera than one of the PENs…

  • byoung328

    I have the opposite issue with them. I often shoot in the mountains during the winter nights. EVFs are useless in the cold, and trying to manually focus in the dark isn’t a treat to begin with, but impossible with a EVF.

  • http://www.itrush.com/ IT Rush

    wow, looks like I have to gather some amounts now in order to get one of these..

  • Opie

    I’m sure at least one person has said that before.

    But it definitely wasn’t me.

  • Opie

    Fuji is obviously attempting to bring the X-line to a larger market. The mode dial, the “soft” control wheel, the missing cable release socket…all of these things imply pretty strongly that this is not a camera intended for the same users as the X100 or X-Pro. It’s intended for the kind of people who would use the screen *despite* having a viewfinder, and would only be confounded by the idea of manual exposure.

    If Fuji is able to defray the cost of their R&D by selling a “consumerized” version to the masses, all the better! Cheaper gear for us!

    As long as these modernizations and compromises don’t work their way back up the product line, this can only be a good thing.

  • superduckz

    Entry to what “level” is a $600 camera (without lens)?

  • http://johngoldsmithphotography.com/ John Goldsmith

    Yeah.. it’s ironic, isn’t it? For an activity that is all about seeing, manufactures have unilaterally removed the one feature that does it best.

    If removing distance scales from lenses wasn’t bad enough, camera makers continue to remove the tools that help photographers make pictures.

    Forget sunny days. Forget viewfinders have edges like pictures. Viewfinder-less cameras are like cars without a steering wheel.

  • David_Evans

    A 55-200 zoom for the Fuji costs £599 on Amazon UK. A 40-150 for the Olympus Pen costs £189. This may be an entry-level body but it soon gets expensive.

  • gochugogi

    Hey, my E-P3 looks cute as all getout with the VF-1 (optical) viewfinder!

  • gochugogi

    If you use primes, there are lots of clip-on optical VF available. I have small collection of them I’ve bought new and used (Olympus, Leica, Zeiss, Voigtlander, etc.). I actually prefer them over an EVF.

  • ChristianRudman

    I’m a fan of my EP2 with the VF1 as well, just referring to the classic camera looks of the X series. :)

  • gochugogi

    The ILC category which includes M4/3, NEX, Fuji X, EOS M, Nikon J1, etc. In other words, the X-M1 is the EOS Rebel of the Fuji X line. The Rebel SL1 is currently $649 without lens, so the X-M1 is priced competitively. I’d rather have a SL1 but the X-M1 will appeal to wannabe hipsters, iPhone upgraders and, DSLR users wanting a fancy P&S and mirror haters.

  • http://johngoldsmithphotography.com/ John Goldsmith

    To each their own but a $600 camera with an add-on $300 viewfinder? It doesn’t sound very entry level and I agree: EVFs suck. Also, I have a penchant for a strong flash and a clip-on viewfinder blocks the hotshoe. #camerafail

    Dear Fuji: as much as I like the aesthetics of how your cameras look, I’m sticking to my 5DMkII and my 40mm pancake. Relatively compact, works like a camera should, and there’s no sacrificing image quality.

  • gochugogi

    Well, I haven’t paid anywhere near $300 for a bright line, so you need to shop around. Most of mine came from CL and pawn, but I bought the Oly VF-1 for $80. Not as nice as the $200 Voigtlander but works fine.

  • sensen

    Last time I checked Panasoni’s GX1 body is $250 on Amazon. Doesn’t have the articulated screen but does have touchscreen. Primes for M4/3 system run from $150. That’s entery level. when you can get a last gen ILC for the price of a high end compact like let us say LX7

  • mark young

    Many street photographers don’t use viewfinders, they max the dof and shoot from the hip or with a casual glance at the back. Every day is not a sunny day that renders the screen unseeable and with the newer high resolution screens of today, the view is very usable, specially with a tilting screen.

  • Ziz

    I don’t get why people are complaining about lack of a viewfinder. It’s not like they don’t have other models. This is designed for those who want to try the x system without paying more.