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Fuji Officially Unveils the X-M1, an Entry Level X-Series ILC for the Masses

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Fujifilm’s newest creation, the X-M1, was outed last week when photos of the entry-level X-Series interchangeable lens camera (ILC) leaked onto the web. But while the photos did reveal that the camera would pack a serious punch in a tiny package (in large part due to the lack of a built-in viewfinder), many of the camera’s specs and features were still unknown.

Well, the day has arrived for Fuji to make the camera official, and along with some high-res press images, we’re also getting a full breakdown of specs, pricing and an expected release date.

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Because the X-M1 will indeed lack a viewfinder, the pint-sized APS-C shooter weighs in at only 11.6oz (without a lens) including the battery and memory card — the X-E1 tips the scales at 12.3oz. But just because it’s small doesn’t mean it isn’t capable.

On the inside, you’ll find the same 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor used in the X-Pro1 and X-E1 running through a speedy EXR Processor II (it boasts a 0.5 second start up time and 0.05 second shutter lag). And since there’s no EVF, you’ll be relying on a 3-inch 920,000 dot tilting LCD to line up your shots.

Other notable features include a pop-up flash, built-in Easy Transfer WiFi capability, ISO sensitivity ranging from 100 to 25,600, and the ability to shoot up to 30 frames at 5.6fps in burst mode.

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The camera will be able to handle all existing XF and XC lineup lenses, but in order to properly christen the announcement, Fuji has designed an all-new FUJINON XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens which will only be available as part of the X-M1 kits.

Silver and black versions of the camera are set to ship in July (the brown version ships one month later), setting you back $700 for the body, or $800 in a kit with the above-mentioned lens.