Yi M1 camera

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Luke, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
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    I was just browsing Amazon and saw this.....I'm no longer in the mu43 ecosystem, but hadn't seen any mention of it here. Any of you guys or gals going to try one out?

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  2. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    It's got the IMX269 Sony sensor. Same as Panasonic GX8. Should have great image quality. I'm interested to see how good the 42.5mm f1.8 that is bundled for only $100 turns out to be.

    Since the GM line seems a bit dead at the moment, maybe this is the closest thing to an updated mini-m4/3 compact that we are going to get?
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  3. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
  4. brettmaxwell

    brettmaxwell Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 8, 2012
    One of the first things I did when I saw it was compare the weight and dimensions to the GM1 and GM5, and I wouldn't put them in the same size category (weight is closer, but I fear that's because the Yi is very plasticky).

    Plus, I'm an optimist that the GM line isn't over, they're just waiting until the tech shrinks to fit a few more features in the same dimensions (better EVF, 20mp sensor, 4K, flip screen...?).
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  5. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Yes, I actually looked it up after making that comment and it isn't quite as small as it looks. It's closer to the E-PL7 in size.
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  6. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Technically it's bundled for $200. It's only $100 if you opt not to grab the kit lens (in which case you pay $100 extra, but lose a lens...they don't seem to have a body-only option anywhere). Still...for $699 USD, you can have a 20 MP m4/3 body and two lenses, that's not bad at all...of course, contingent on IQ. Also worthy of note...the 42.5 seems to have SOME sort of macro capabilities...it'll be interesting to see how it does optically.

    Also...it'll be interesting to see how cheap parts of it will get once resellers start breaking apart kits. With $699 USD for body and both lenses, it's perfectly possible that resellers (who might get a bulk deal) could sell the body for $399 and each of the lenses for $199 or $249 or thereabouts, which would put prices way below O45, or any of the 20 MP body prices.
  7. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    I want a Yi!

    Nowt else to say, really ...

    edit : whaaaaagh! No possibility for an EVF!

    Don't want one now. :(
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  8. lookmore

    lookmore New to Mu-43

    Aug 15, 2016
    Even if IQ is good, I'm a bit hesitant about this. Two buttons only. And I'm already complaining that my E-PM1 only has 10 or so physical buttons? I'll wait for user reviews before getting excited. I understand the UI is touch-based which is not (yet fully) the case on Olympus cameras. But I'm not quite sure I'd like that.
  9. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    I think the idea with this camera (and ones like it) is to claw back some of the market share that smartphones have taken away from digital cameras. But I do agree...I love my buttons, and would be very disappointed if we didn't have the option to buy cameras with lots of physical controls (especially customizable ones).