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Yi Technology M1 CSC Hands-On Preview

Yi Technology say the Yi-M1 is the mirrorless compact system camera for the smartphone generation. We have a look at this new Micro Four Thirds camera.

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Yi M1 Black (7) (Custom)

Available in silver or black, the Yi M1 surprised many by being announced at Photokina 2016 as a new Micro Four Thirds compact system camera. Yi Technology has been known for producing a number of affordable action cameras, that compete with GoPro, so to suddenly announce a new Micro Four Thirds camera has come as a shock to many. More so, considering the high specification and low-price of the new camera.

YI M1 Silver (3) (Custom)

With a 20 megapixel sensor, it offers the same resolution are some of the more premium Micro Four Thirds cameras, such as the Olympus PEN-F, Panasonic Lumix GX8, and the recently announced (but not yet released) Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The Yi-M1 also offers 4K video recording, with stereo sound. Yet, the Yi-M1 will be available from around £253 GBP at current exchange rates (final pricing in UK to be confirmed). This is roughly 3 to 4 times cheaper than the cameras mentioned above!

Yi M1 Key Features

  • 20mp Micro Four Thirds CMOS Sensor (Sony IMX269)
  • 3inch 1040K dot touch-screen
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • ISO100 to ISO25600
  • 4K (UHD) video recording at 30fps, Stereo sound
  • Wi-Fi / Bluetooth built-in
  • 450 shot battery life
  • Available in black or silver

Whilst the Yi-M1 doesn't feature any form of image stabilisation built-in, it does offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, allowing instant sharing or transfer to a smartphone, as well as a 3inch touch-screen, with an interface that should be easy to use for anyone who's used a smartphone before. With simple graphical icons, and swiping the way you change modes, the camera is definitely something you can quickly pick up and start using.

Yi M1 Black (14) (Custom)

The Yi-M1 has a number of different scene modes and shooting modes, but also a creative mode, where the camera will suggest different poses and ways to frame the subject to create stylish photographs. All of this is selected using the touch-screen, and there are only two different buttons on the rear of the camera, a playback button and a "home" button. 

Yi M1 Black (13) (Custom)
Yi M1 - Photo guide, framing and model suggestion.

We found the Yi-M1 felt quite good in the hand, with a rubberised front grip on the camera. The camera is also surprisingly light, being made out of plastic (with a metal lens mount), and weighing just 280g. The Yi-M1 is being introduced with two Yi lenses, the 42.5mm f/1.8 portrait / macro lens, and a 12-40mm zoom lens. The two lenses have a plastic construction, with glass elements. We will publish more information on the new camera when we have it.

Yi M1 Other sample images

Yi M1 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

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Photographs taken using the Yi Technology M1

King Street after the RainPath in the forestLovely doeGrey crowned craneLove is in the airPerseidStork in the meadowButterfly on flowerPer aspera ad astra.Stork in field near my homeAnother attempt to astrophotographyPower of natureSunsetWindow in the cloudsMaltaese door knob

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ChrisV Plus
14 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2016 10:51AM
Ah divvn't know aboot ye, burra reckon this looks canny fer snappin wor orange bords aroon the toon and the magpies and stuff, like. Howay the lads!
themak 7 1.0k Scotland
21 Sep 2016 11:15AM
May have more appeal if they built a phone into it.Tongue
Could keep the main players a bit more honest with their pricing, though.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4231 Canada
22 Sep 2016 5:40PM
Very interesting indeed.
24 Sep 2016 7:20AM
This is the camera that I think will gather big audience if price is affordable and it is made available widely.

It has the Leica style, it has sturdy fixed screen and seems to be good UI and clean GUI.

I can see m4/3 users to get one as B or C camera as it goes nicely to pocket.

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