YI-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera Review - The company Yi in every possible way refuses to communicate with Xiaomi - on the official website the main brand is not mentioned anywhere, the domestic startup of a well-known Chinese company tries to live on its own. Nevertheless, the roots are seen perfectly - and on the lens, and on the body of the camera are the marks "Xiaoyi". Why do we need such secrecy? Perhaps, then, to more easily enter the international markets? And then Xiaomi has problems with this due to the low volume of the patent package. Reply is difficult, but Yi representatives usually even ask not to mention Big Brother in the articles. I have already violated this "rule", we went further.
Now they are entering the world of amateur cameras with interchangeable optics. Based on the system Micro Four Thirds, which is used by Panasonic and Olympus. The sensor is purchased from Sony (CMOS, 20 megapixels), and in design Yi focuses on Leica. The emphasis is not on the physical controls, but on the touchscreen, and the bayonet fits as its own optics (so far two lenses are produced), and a decent park of third-party lenses for the MFT bayonet. Yes, here you can attach any lens from the same Panasonic, Olympus or third-party manufacturers - and it will be fully functional. All this is flavored with the classical advantage of Chinese technology - relative cheapness: at the start of the Yi-M1 it costs about $ 500.
The rounded edges, the position of the selectors and keys on the top panel, almost completely covering the rear surface, the touch screen is directly sent to the Leica T. This is not direct copying, there are enough differences: a grip projection covered with rubberized material, two-color solutions, a video recording start button inscribed In the mode selector, two physical keys near the display. Not to mention the materials - the body of the Yi-M1 is made of plastic, due to which it was possible to dramatically reduce the mass of the device. Together with the battery, but without the lens, it weighs 281 grams. For the "mirrorless" system Micro Four Thirds is a pretty good figure. For comparison: Panasonic Lumix GF9 weighs 269 grams, and Olympus PEN E-PL8 - is already 374 grams.
The mentioned ledge, for my taste, is rudely executed, the line is too much for the grip. At the same time, the grip itself is reliable, you can work with the camera with one hand - it allows you to shoot "offhand". On the back side there is an emphasis for the thumb - plastic, not covered with rubberized material, but with pimples, from which the finger does not slip.
The build quality is not bad. Slightly upsetting the plastic case - to magnesium alloy in dealing with cameras of very different levels quickly get used to, especially since the Yi-M1 - still not the cheapest device. But there are no questions to the execution of individual elements of questions. The camera is going, by the way, not in China, but in Indonesia - the time has come when the Chinese transfer production somewhere else for the sake of economy.
On the front panel we see the bayonet, the lens release button and the autofocus illumination lamp. On the left - only the speaker holes, and on the right - interfaces covered by a single cover (microUSB and microHDMI) and a slot for a memory card. The decision to remove a memory card from the battery compartment looks very correct and logical - so it does not overlap access when placing the camera on a tripod.
YI-M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera Specs :
- Body type : Rangefinder-style mirrorless
- Max resolution : 5184 x 3888
- Effective pixels : 20 megapixels
- Sensor photo detectors : 22 megapixels
- Sensor size Four Thirds : (17.3 x 13 mm)
- Sensor type : CMOS
- Minimum shutter speed : 60 sec
- Maximum shutter speed : 1/4000 sec
- Aperture priority : Yes
- Shutter priority : Yes
- Manual exposure mode : Yes
- Subject / scene modes : Yes