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Fujifilm X-M1 compact system camera launched

Fujifilm has introduced the X-M1, a compact system camera (CSC) which uses the same APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS sensor as the company's high-end X-Pro1.

With a 16.3 megapixel resolution, the large sensor apparently produces stills similar to that of a high-end full-frame sensor, thanks to a colour filter array designed to minimise moiré patterning and chromatic abberation, without the need for an optical low-pass filter. The result is a compact camera that supports native sensitivity up to ISO 6,400, adjustable in 1/3 step increments, and extended support to ISO 25,600 for low-light shooting.

As well as still photography, the camera is capable of recording Full HD 1,920x1,080 video at 30 frames per second, with in-body effect options including bokeh background blurring and monochrome filming.

The sensor is paired with Fujifilm's EXR Processor II image processor, starting up in half a second. Shutter lag is measured at 0.05 seconds, with a peak burst speed of 5.6 frames per second, sustainable for up to 30 frames.

Based on a similar design to the X-Pro1 and X-E1, the X-M1 is just 39mm deep and weighs 330g, despite its large sensor size. Other highlights include a 3in display with tilt at the rear, built-in flash, hot-shoe connector, and integrated Wi-Fi connectivity for image upload and sharing.

The camera will include a bundled XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS kit lens here in the UK, which has a 24mm-76mm focal equivalent.

The X-M1 bundle is due to go on sale at the end of July for £679.99. It will be joined by a new X Mount XF 27mm f/2.8 lens in August, with pricing yet to be confirmed.

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