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Fujifilm launches the X-M1 in Australia

Fujifilm has revealed local pricing and availability of the X-M1 interchangeable lens camera.

Fujifilm has revealed local pricing and availability of the X-M1 interchangeable lens camera (ILC).

The X-M1 features an APS-C sensor. (Credit: CBSi)

Announced in June 2013, the X-M1 is an interchangeable lens camera that carries on the tradition of previous X-series cameras, such as the X-E1 and X-Pro1. However, the X-M1 is well and truly targeted toward more of an entry-level user, or someone looking for a step up from a point-and-shoot camera.

The body is relatively lightweight, at 280 grams without battery or memory card. Add the XF 27mm f/2.8 lens, which weighs just 78 grams, and the overall package is very portable. At the back, a 920,000-dot 3-inch, 3:2 aspect ratio LCD screen can tilt up and down for extra versatility.

With the 16-50mm lens attached. (Credit: CBSi)

The X-M1 also caters for the shoot-and-share crowd, with built-in wireless capabilities that allow for a one-button connection to a smartphone for photo transfer, or to a computer for backup purposes.

Coupled with the X-Trans sensor and EXR processor, the X-M1 promises to deliver better low-light performance than many of its competitors. Also, there is no optical low-pass filter (OLPF), which is a feature we're seeing more and more on both interchangeable lens cameras and traditional SLRs. Removing the filter makes for sharper images, though moire can often be an issue. Fuji gets around this thanks to the X-Trans sensor which uses a different colour filter array to conventional sensors.

The X-M1 will be available from early August for AU$1099 with the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens in a black or silver/black finish. A brown/silver finish model will be released later in the year.