The “Xiaomi camera” Yi M1 that was surprisingly unveiled on September 19, will be launched soon and officially outside of China too, with a Yi M1 release date of October 12 for the USA:
Yi (Xiaoyi) is the photo division of Xiaomi, and they have made some good cameras that have either been stand alone cameras or cameras integrated into phones, tablets, drones, and other technology over the years.
The Xiaomi camera Yi M1 however is their first mirrorless interchangeable lens Micro Four Thirds camera, with a 20MP IMX269 sensor from Sony (but with effectively up to 50 Megapixel photos), 4K video recording (3840×2160 30fps), 25600 ISO, and a 3-inch touchscreen. I love touchscreens on cameras, because it means I can immediately zoom in to check if parts of the photo I took is sharp, has the right colors, and so on.
Total pixels are 21.77-megapixels (5280×3956 pictures) but with 50M, 20M, 16M, 8M, 3M, VGA options settings in RAW or JPEG. The camera has a MFT lens mount, 81 focus point, stereo microphone, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
It’s great to see someone dare to break the mold in the conservative camera industry and come up with an affordable digital mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that looks stunning. The Yi M1 mirrorless camera with a 12-40mm F3.5-5.6 lens has a US price of $499.