Hi-tech retro shooter [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) IZWAN Ismail takes the Fujifilm X-M1 for a walk in Singapore to see what it has to offer.
ON the observation deck of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel And Casino in Singapore, I set the mode dial of the Fujifilm X-M1 camera to Adv or Advanced Filter and chose the miniature feature.
As I press the shutter button slowly, I can already see the result I will be getting. Click, click click... I make a few snaps in the miniature mode of different angles of the city. The result is beautiful.
Then using the WiFi feature, I connect the camera to my iPhone 5 via the Fujifilm Camera app which I have installed earlier, and transfer a couple of images to my phone to share on my Facebook wall.
That's how easy it is to share quality images with the new Fujifilm X-M1, a new breed of retro-style cameras which packs lots of shooting capability into one small package.
Roughly the size of your palm, this interchangeable lens camera with a 16-50mm lens, is what you need for travel and fun shooting. It comes with an APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm) CMOS sensor, which is the same size as sensors used in the consumer and semi-pro dSLR cameras, so it will be able to produce pictures with the same quality as dSLRs.
Weighing a mere 330g with battery, carrying the camera around is a joy. The 16-50mm F/3.5-5.6 zoom lens fits nicely on the body of the X-M1, so you won't feel awkward when walking around with it in public places like restaurants or malls.
Taking pictures with the X-M1 is pretty straightforward. The mode dial indicates an array of shooting features, including fancy ones that can make the pictures look like they have been photoshopped.
If you want the camera to configure the best shooting mode for your subject, just turn the dial to Auto, but where's the fun in that?
As it has so many creative filters and special shooting modes, it's a great opportunity to try out the various features.
In the Adv mode, there are 13 creative filters such as toy camera effect, pop colour, miniature, partial colour, soft focus dynamic tone, low key and high key - all of which will give you pictures with special effects.
The partial colour mode is great fun. Here, you select only one colour - red, yellow, orange - that you want highlighted, leaving the rest of the picture in black and white.
If you want optimum results based on the current situation (such as sunset or at night), then switch to the scene mode.
I love the Portrait Enhancer feature under the scene mode, which gives my subjects a smoother skin look.
The X-M1 can shoot full HD 1080p video. Just press the red dot button at the back of the camera and you're ready to record. The camera will autofocus.
The tilting three-inch LCD makes taking pictures or recording video easier, especially at difficult angles. It also has a geo- tagging feature, which is a plus in today's digital photography.
The Fujifilm X-M1 is a good all-round camera, but more advanced features including built-in social network sites such as Facebook, Picasa, email and Twitter will make it the choice shooter and social network tool for photography enthusiasts.
Pros: Large image sensor for cleaner pictures and easy to carry around.
Cons: If only Facebook, email, Twitter apps are built in...
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