Speaking of the XiaoMi Yi M1, we must know about its configurations above all. This novelty comes with a Sony IMX269 sensor, detachable M4/3 bayonet, 20.16 million pixels, and a 3-inch touch screen with 1.04 million pixels. Except for the latest firmware update, the added value of focusing point is 81, improving the focus speed and accuracy.
Yi M1 is claimed to be a special mirrorless camera for smartphone users. If you often use the phone to take pictures, then the M1 is very easy to use for you. The equipped 3-inch touch screen is for this purpose. On this screen, you can touch focus, select the exposure, shutter speed and do other operations. On the body of Yi M1, we cannot find the common aperture, shutter speed, and other mechanical switches. All these functions are integrated into the touchscreen. With the turntable on the top of the device, it can achieve the most efficient parameter adjustment. It would take some time to get started for the old-style SLR or traditional mirrorless camera users.
The currently released lenses of Yi M1 are only two, but the number of alternative lens groups has been enhanced a lot because of the using of M4/3 bayonet. All the M4/3 lenses from Panasonic, Olympus can be connected to the M1. The 12-40mm F3.5-5.6 lens would be enough to take pictures for daily use, equivalent to 24-80mm focal lengths, appropriate for most of the daily scenes. And the 42.5mm F1.8 lens is more suitable for making portraits. The larger aperture and 85mm equivalent will be more suitable to shoot photos with Bokeh, highlighting the portraits. As shown, the imaging quality of XiaoMi Yi M1 42.5mm lens is not sharp enough. And when the aperture is up to the maximum, the purple edge is obvious.
Anyway, the XiaoMi Yi M1 mirrorless camera provides a commendable performance. Especially, it would be a good choice for smartphone heavy users. What’s more, this low-cost mirrorless camera would be a decent option for the beginners of digital SLR and those who are not asking for extra high image quality.