Yi M1 m4/3 with 12-40 kit lens for $150 new

pdk42

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I'm in the US later this week so was sorely tempted. But, I really don't need another m43 camera or a 12-40 lens! It's a great deal, but I'd only be buying to secure the bargain - I don't need it.
 

ooheadsoo

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I thought about it because it would offer a small gx850 sized second body with 20mp, but then the wife declined so that was that.
 

cnyap

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Read amazon reviews. People complaining you can’t update the firmware and other issues (I forget the other issue).
 
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My main issues are no jpeg adjustments for NR/saturation/contrast and slow AF. Therefore ideal for manual focus using peaking & zoom, and raw±jpeg shooting. For that you get a mu43 camera that can power continuously via microUSB, wifi/bluetooth, 20Mpix on the cheap and interval shooting, plus 4k (low bps/big crop!) and other basics (but IS only via lenses with physical OIS switches). Whether that adds up plus or minus is up to each user, especially with such a price.

Note that the 12-40mm lens isn't a particularly special lens except that it's far better corrected than many big-name :mu43: lenses! The camera does no distortion/aberration adjustments that I can determine, so the lens design is 'forced' to perform better as is. The coating is less impressive in my tests, but when I finally buy a 49mm hood overall performance should be quite good.
 

ooheadsoo

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I wouldn't dream of using it as my only camera on a trip where I knew I wanted to take photos, but basically any 16mp, and some 12mp m43 bodies will set you back $200+ used, and they're not all this compact nor light. It seems like a good price. It's no gm1 or gm5, but it's less than 1/3 the price.
 

mauve

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I find the Leica-ish design cues interesting, and that's damn cheap for 20 Mpix. But the lack of controls kills it for me. I don't need a p&s.
Plus, I checked, I can buy on Amazon USA and deliver to France, but shipping and import fees are $47.34 on top of the $150 price. I can find a lightly used E-M10 mk II for not much more. Pass.

M.
 

ooheadsoo

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I'm slightly interested in a minimalist second body to mount a 25 or 45mm prime on to pair with my 12-100+g9. I would pretty much only use it to shoot portraits wide open, so manual controls won't get too much use in my use case. If I needed to stop down, I'd just use the 12-100. Not having a vf hump helps keep the package slim. I have a e-m5 that fails to fit a lot of small spaces/pockets due to the hump.
 

Armand Di Meo

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I considered getting one of these as a second body a few years ago after reading a pretty good review in "Shutterbug," back when it was still around. Then I read the less than steller user reviews online and thought I would be better off sticking with Olympus or Panasonic. Also, with this bargain basement price, I am wondering if the model was discontinued, the company went out of business, and/or they are just trying to get rid of them because of poor sales. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
 
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