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Yi Technology M1 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera Announced

20 megapixel Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera announced by Yi Technology with 4K video!

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Yi Technology M1 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera Announced: Yi M1 Angled Black Silver

Yi Technology has announced the new Yi M1 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, with a 20 megapixel sensor, 5fps continuous shooting, a 3inch touch-screen, and 4K (UHD) video recording, the camera has a highly competitive price point at 2199 (Yuan) with 12-40mm kit lens, which is £253 GBP (€295 Euros), at current exchange rates, or 2999 (Yuan) with dual lens kit, which is £345 GBP (€402 Euros) at current exchange rates.

The M1 features full manual controls, timelapse shooting, and panoramic shooting. The camera shoots raw and JPEG images, and has built-in Wi-Fi and low-power Bluetooth image transfer, and remote control. Battery life of the camera is said to offer 450 shots (according to CIPA standards), which is very good for a mirrorless camera. 

Read our Yi M1 Hands-On Preview.

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

Yi Technology M1 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera Announced: M1

Yi has also announced two new lenses:

  • Yi Technology 42.5mm f/1.8 Portrait / Macro lens (Close focus 50cm, or 25cm in Macro mode)
  • Yi Technology 12-40mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom lens

Yi Technology M1 Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless Camera Announced: Yi M1 Rear
Yi M1 Rear

The following sample photos have been taken with the Yi M1 camera by Yi Technology:

Yi M1 Other sample images

Read our Yi M1 Hands-On Preview.

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Yi M1 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels20Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5184
Pixels (H)3888
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeMicro Four Thirds
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1040K dots
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
  • Scene modes
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
    Exposure Comp+/-5
    Viewfinder ResolutionNo Data
    MagnificationNo Data
    Shooting Options
    Continuous shooting5fps
    Movie modeYes
    Video Resolution
    • 4K
    Video FPS4K 30fps
    Stereo SoundYes
    Optical Zoom with VideoYes
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationNo Data
    USBUSB 2
    Card Type
    • SD
    • SDHC
    • SDXC
    File Type
    • RAW
    • JPG
    Power Source
    Battery TypeLithium-Ion
    Battery Life (CIPA rating)450shots
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsNo Data

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    From YI Technology: 

    YI Technology, a leading, international provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, has today introduced the YI M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera, its first professional-grade camera.

    The YI M1 is a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera that features Bluetooth connectivity and a simple app interface, offering the power and features of a professional camera with the ease and connectivity of a smartphone. YI will unveil the YI M1 at Photokina 2016, September 20-25 in Cologne, Germany.

    “With the launch of the YI M1, we are aiming to reenergize professional quality photography by making it accessible and simple to use for the average person or amateur photographer,” said Sean Da, CEO and Co-Founder of YI Technology. “Our mission is to bring top of the line technology to professionals and beginners alike in a simple, easy-to-use form and the YI M1 is no exception.”


    Stunning Image and Video Quality

    The YI M1 offers the ultimate image and video quality capturing 20 megapixel still images and stunning 4K video at 30 frames per second. It features the latest SONY IMX269 Image Sensor, supports ISO up to 25,600, as well as 2000-megapixel and Wide Dynamic Range video. Two lens options include a 12-40mm F3.5-5.6 and 42.5mm F1.8. YI M1 also includes an MFT mount system which is compatible with more than 50 interchangeable lenses.


    Simple, User-Friendly Design

    Inspired by the ease of a smartphone, the simple yet sophisticated design of YI M1 means photographers of any level, from beginner to professional, can capture and share stunning video and images. It features a 3-inch LCD touch screen, intuitive design and comprehensive controls. The lightweight and compact design means the user can focus more on shooting and less on heavy equipment. With the “Master Guide” feature in the accompanying YI M1 App, users can access photography templates, composition guidelines and step-by-step instructions, to shoot like a professional.


    Easy Sharing and Connectivity

    Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth offer users a way to seamlessly connect to a smartphone for fast sharing to social networks.


    Pricing & Availability

    YI M1 Mirrorless Camera will be available soon in two colors, Ice Silver and Storm Black. US and European pricing and availability will be announced soon.

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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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    Montgomery2008 Avatar
    20 Sep 2016 10:10AM
    Likelihood of being available in the UK? - i'd be interested at that price as a body i didn't mind getting some rough treatment.
    JackAllTog Avatar
    JackAllTog Plus
    14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
    20 Sep 2016 11:09AM
    mmm, one to watch - is this my new carry to work camera?
    When will ePZ do a review.
    AlexandraSD Avatar
    AlexandraSD 12 773 United Kingdom
    20 Sep 2016 12:38PM
    Never saw this coming, apparently the company make pretty good gopro alternatives, but at this price point, it seems like a bit of a bargain! Pretty looking camera too!
    NikitaMorris Avatar
    20 Sep 2016 3:41PM

    Quote:When will ePZ do a review.

    As soon as we can Smile
    joshwa Avatar
    joshwa Plus
    13 927 1 United Kingdom
    20 Sep 2016 6:05PM
    Yi Technology said they were going to release it Worldwide.
    AlexandraSD Avatar
    AlexandraSD 12 773 United Kingdom
    21 Sep 2016 1:26PM
    I watched a video review of it yesterday, think it was a chinese review but the video had english subtitles, and the reviewer stated that those who have a high standard for image quality may want to overlook this camera as the IQ is not as good as it could be, which is a shame, but at this price is it any wonder? Those sample images tell us very little to be honest, so i would seriously like to see a proper review where the camera is not on auto mode, and used manually as a camera is supposed to be used. to get the best results from the camera. That being said, for regular facebook shooters this could be a good investment but for those of us looking for well above average image quality, this camera will probably fall short of the mark, but the proof is in the real testing, so i am looking forward to a full review and will keep an open mind for now.

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