Tech Tuesday—Fuji Launches New X-series: Compact System Camera and Lenses

If you’ve been lusting after aFuji X-Pro 1 or an X-E1 but didn’t want to shell out the extra cash, check out Fuji’s latest X-series camera, the X-M1.

The line is smaller, lighter and more affordable than Fuji’s earlier CSC models, but built around the same, APS-C 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor, which means—in theory and from my experience with the X-Pro 1 and the X-E1—that the X-M1 should produce some nice images.

It has a 3-inch tilting LCD, WiFi and enough manual (and automatic) controls to keep most photographers happy. The X-M1 may not be as well-built as the X-Pro 1 or the X-E1, but it’s compact and, at $700 (body only) and $800 (with the new XC 16-50mm kit lens), it’s affordable enough to use as an everyday camera.

For those of you who already own one of Fuji’s X-mount cameras, you might want to check out the new, lightweight XF 27mm, f/2.8 lens.This brings Fuji’s X-mount lens series to a total of 8 models.

The XF 27mm, f/2.8 lens

All products will be available in July, although one version of the X-M1 in retro brown leatherette (which will also be available in black as well as two-tone black/silver) won’t be on the shelves until August. For more details, check out my post on PDN and on the Fujifilm site.

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Theano Nikitas, a full-time freelance writer and photographer, has been writing about photography for 18 years. Although she loves digital, Theano still has a darkroom and a fridge filled with film thanks to her long-time passion for alternative processes and toy cameras.

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