Looking Through The Smartphone Makers First Mirrorless Camera.

The Yi Technology Ventures with Xiaomi (makers of Smartphone) introduces new Mirrorless Camera to the market with M1.
For the record, M1 is powerful with its 20 MP MFT (Micro Four Thirds) image sensor which is suitable for lenses with 50 MFT. Boasting an 81 AF (Autofocusing) contrast-detect features and a display touchscreen of 3 inches.

The M1 Mirrorless Cam Basics
Price: $979 (with 12-40mm f/3.5 -5.6 and 42.5 mm f/1.8 lens)
$699 (with 12-40mm f/3.5 -5.6 set lens)

WEIGHT: 281g (with battery and memory card).

SCREEN: 3-inch touchscreen with 1,040,000 dots.

SENSITIVITY: ISO 100 to 25,600.

SENSOR: 20-megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS.


Like many Mirrorless Camera, buttons are not always present. M1 Menu Button is non-existent. You can access Menu Settings when you swipe right and when you Swipe left you will see the Image modes. It has amazing features of Adjusting Contrast before taking a photo.

M1 is inconsiderate to the HUMAN BASIC BUTTONS needs. You have to go to the display touch screen to access the Menu Settings. You have to use both hands to be able to get the control you wanted. For instance, in Manual mode, on the screen, you need to use 1 hand to tap on the shutter speed before turning the command dial to alter its setting. Same goes when you start the Camera.

M1 is mainly made of plastic materials that make it a lightweight and easy to carry around even with the 12-40mm f/3.5 -5.6 set lens attached.

Operation sensible, the M1 is rather sluggish for a mirrorless cam. It takes around 4.5 sec to power up and 2.5 sec to close down when the competitors normally take around 2sec for each operation.

Utilizing an SD card with a speed of 94MB per 2nd, the M1 can shoot 4 RAW images in 0.7 sec before the buffer runs out. That is close to marketed speed.

The AF is slow when compared to the competitors. Sometimes, the M1 took 1sec to secure a focus under intense sunshine. In dark situations, it can take up to 3sec to get a focus even with the assistive light of AF.

Battery life is a winner when compared to other mirrorless cameras on the market. It can record 450 still images on a full charge while most mirrorless electronic cameras can shoot just 300 to 350.

The greatest killer about M1 is its high prices. At $699 with the kit lens, M1 is just $100 more affordable than a kit lens of same focal range made by Sony A 5000 which has a larger image APS-C sensor.

Conclusion: This is a very brave decent FIRST TIME ATTEMPT MIRRORLESS CAMERA. AF Speed needs to improve.