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YI 95017 M1 4K Mirrorless Digital Camera with Interchangeable Lens 12-40mm F3.5-5.6 20 Megapixel Storm Black
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- Crisp and clear 4k/30fps HD video recording, capturing 20 megapixels images, wide dynamic range video
- Latest Sony imax269 image sensor, supports ISO up to 25,600 to achieve excellent image quality, face detection mode - YI m1 can detect up to 32 faces
- 3" LCD touch screen and micro four thirds (mft) system mount compatible with 50+ lenses
- Built-in Wi-Fi and ble Bluetooth for stable connection and fast sharing in social media
- Master guide templates - easy guideline with set up parameters, make your photos professional
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Size: w/ 12-40mm F3.5-5.6 Lens
Smile, shoot, share
YI M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera is the world's most connected mirrorless camera - interchangeable lens camera that shoots like a pro and shares like a phone. YI M1 captures the best quality images that are also instantly shareable. With minimalist design for simplicity and ease of use, controlling manual parameters is easier and faster than ever before.
The YI 42.5mm F1.8 Lens provides clear and sharp portraits, focal length and the most outstanding macro capabilities. The YI 12-40mm F3.5-5.6 Lens offers advanced telephoto capabilities.
YI M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera uses SONY 20-megapixel image sensor to boost accurate color reproduction and deliver amazing photos. The camera records crisp and clear 4K/30fps video.
Share vivid images and videos quickly and simply. With the easy to use YI M1 app and built in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, you are always connected to the world. Intuitive experience with LCD 3" touchscreen that allows you to easily capture the moments that matter most.
YI M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera showcases a minimalist design and offers a great range of practical and fashionable accessories. YI M1 is your stylish tool for travel and enjoyable moments which will last a lifetime.
1 x YI Digital Camera
1 x YI Lens 12-40mm F3.5-5.6
1 X YI Lens 42.5mm F1.8
1 x Micro USB Cable
1 x Battery
1 x Neck Strap
1 x Lens Cap
1 x Manual
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
Software updates so far are consistent. Most of my issues have been fixed. Most notably is the autofocus and the flicker issue on videos has been fixed. Internal mic is phenomenal, on par with one of our budget external mics that we use. The camera is fantastic for video now that the issues have been fixed, and is just *better* on pictures. RAW+JPEG would be great, JPEG isn't so good on it, but the Sony sensor really makes the RAW show true-to-life. If you buy it, update it, and be amazed at what you get. Versatility, performance, and beginner to professional grade images.
Update: The low light performance of this camera is awful. Please see sample shot when there was still some daylight in the sky.
First I will say that I really want to love this camera and the 3 stars that I'm giving it is extremely generous and only because the problems may get better with future software and firmware updates. The MFT Sony 20 megapixel image sensor is really good for a camera in this price range. Note that it crops before it bins the image for 4K video recording so it is a little more zoomed in and it doesn't use the full sensor for video. The box is very well packed with thick foam to protect the camera. The body is solid and the lens is a decent starter lens for the price. The USB cable is very good quality and snaps perfectly into the charging port.
The most obvious auto-focusing problems were resolved with the updated firmware I downloaded on 10/19/2016.
Lots of camera lock-ups even after I updated firmware from SD card on 10/19/2016. This mainly happens when I try to record 4K video. Once it locked up for so long that I had to pull the battery. Other times it would lock up for minutes at a time. YI claims my SD card is causing these problems because it isn't fast enough, but my SD card can read 600 Mbps and write 240 Mbps which clearly exceeds the 75 Mbps 4K requirements.
The image stabilization in video is very problematic and produces some very strange warping distortion in the video. Someone posted a sample of the problems here [...]. There are also strange exposure flickering problems where the video flashes back and forth from dark to bright. Given that I paid $499 on Amazon which is much higher than the $325 price in China, I'm not too happy about paying a huge premium to be a beta tester.
The Android App is very primitive. There is no Wi-Fi live video preview for you to remotely compose your shot or video. I asked Yi support by email before buying this camera and Yi Technology support assured me by email that it had low latency Wi-Fi preview like the Yi 4K Action camera. I guess it's true that there's no preview latency over Wi-Fi since there's no preview over Wi-Fi at all! I bought this camera based on the reputation of the Yi 4K action camera and I am disappointed. The app also only lets you download photographs but not videos. The app setup and getting connected is awkward and it puts too much focus on the tutorial for how to take good portraits than useful functionality. YI claims that the Wi-Fi preview function in smartphones is coming, but I was told by YI support that it already supports low latency preview. That deception caused me to buy this camera in the first place so I am very unhappy about this.
The settings are confusing because you need to swipe right and swipe up to get to additional settings like the video settings. The manual is very vague and skips a lot of these crucial steps so a first time user can easily get frustrated.
The Wi-Fi is only 2.4 GHz which is another disappointment compared to the dual-band Yi 4K Action Camera. Even if the future smartphone App supports Wi-Fi preview, it will have to contend with the interference prone 2.4 GHz band which will cause problems. Why couldn't YI Technologies have matched the experience of their cheaper Yi 4K Action Camera?
Planned Use: I want to get a little deeper into photography and not just tinkering with my 10 year old DSLR that I purchased used or just taking photos with my Action Cameras.. I really feel this camera is great for someone like me who wants to learn a little more about photography but also keep it simple! So far I think it is perfect for that!! Id much rather spend only $500 for a learner camera instead of $1000+ on a leica!
Short Review: EXCELLENT CAMERA for the price!! This camera is perfect for someone like me who comes from a generation of smartphones! I had NO ISSUES learning how to use this camera BUT I gave it to a friend who takes TONS of photos with a DSLR camera and he had issues learning because this camera has been dumbed down for the smartphone generation.. The touchscreen works GREAT and the camera has really been simplified by having limited buttons.. Photo quality, while I haven't had a long amount of time to test it out, is GREAT SO FAR!! I plan to take it out tomorrow and shoot some fall photos that I will upload as a sample!! I just received the camera tonight so tinkering is all I have gotten to do BUT I PLAN to update this review as I get more time to play with it..
Build Quality: While the camera looks like a Leica, this camera is made of plastic and not metal.. It is made of a high quality plastic that feels GREAT in hand, but if you are used to a heavier camera, this might feel a little cheap in hand.. This camera is actually a blessing that its not nearly as large or heavy as the 10 year old DSLR it is replacing.. Yi has also sourced VERY high quality parts for this camera.. During my research I have found that the mechanical shutter is made by the Japanese Company COPAL, and the sensor is made by Sony.. The lens mount is metal which was one of my worries originally.. I wasn't sure how a plastic lens mount would last so I am very glad it is made of metal.. Overall, the quality and design of this camera is GREAT.
1.) Photo Quality - So far Photo Quality is excellent!! I will have some sample photos later in the week to upload!
2.) EASY to use - Coming from a smartphone generation, the touchscreen was super easy for me to learn!!
3.) Model Suggestions - THIS FEATURE ROCKS!! Basically the camera will suggest different ways to pose your model.. A stick figure shows up on the screen with the suggested pose that will look GREAT!! I love this feature and wonder why YI is the first to think of it!
4.) GREAT VALUE - For $500 you get the body and one lens.. Panasonic has camera bodies that you can get for slightly less BUT you will have to buy a lens making it cost more.
5.) Wireless Connectivity and Bluetooth LE
6.) Supports RAW photos
7.) Video quality so far is great
8.) Scene & Shooting Modes - This camera has a TON of scenes and shooting modes, again, making it great for someone learning about cameras and photography..
9.) Manual Modes - You can manually use EVERY bit of this camera which is GREAT when you want those professional shots
10.) Shutter Speeds - Slowest shutter speed of 60s and 1/4000s as the fastest
11.) Manually Adjust ISO - ISO range 100-256000
12.) Focus - Includes Manual and Auto Focus
13.) Includes leather neck strap
14.) MFT Lens - Giving you thousands of Lens Options! ANY MFT lens should fit!
15.) Flash - There is not an included flash but you can attach a flash to the camera!! The camera DOES offer a Auto Focus assist flash though, but it's just a red light
16.) Small and compact! No more lugging that old DSLR up the mountains when I hike!!
17.) Packaged like a PREMIUM camera and FEELS like a Premium camera!
1.) Limited YI branded accessories at the moment.. No extra batteries, looks like the case hasn't been released yet, and cant buy the lens on their own at this time.
2.) As of now, the first firmware update MUST be installed manually using a SD card.. I received this email from Yi after I ordered the camera with instructions on how to do that
3.) Doesn't seem to support RAW+ JPG.. I know, I shouldn't be shooting in RAW+ JPG but I do like having both formats when I take photos!! Maybe a firmware upgrade will allow this
4.) Touchscreen at times doesn't seem to be as sensitive as one on a mobile phone.. But that didn't cause me any issues
Overall: So far I am impressed with this camera.. The few sample photos I took inside far surpassed my expectations!! The quality is excellent!! And the price is even better
NOTE: Based on improvements in updated firmware, I upped the rating to four stars but it does not seem to show.
Before getting into shooting, I gave myself a tour of the Yi M1 and noted some small traits. The initial feel of the body is solid, though plastic. The tripod thread is stainless steel, but is not centered under the lens. In fact, it's not centered on the body. Of course you won't be able to change batteries while on a tripod.
The body cap can be removed without pressing the lens release button, but once you mount one of the lenses you'll probably never use it. To collapse the kit zoom lens, press the “unlock” switch and keep rotating past the 12mm setting. Later, when you turn on the camera, it will warn you to unlock the lens for use.
Initial setup is quick: choose English as your language and set time/date. You must slide your finger on the touchscreen to increment settings.
Switching the camera on involves pressing the switch back against the body, which should allow quick response.
You have three screens: settings, shooting, and color mode. Pressing the shutter while in settings or color mode automatically takes you back to the shooting screen, where you see f/stop, shutter speed and +/- EV settings, ISO, AF mode, while balance, images to go, battery state and wireless on/off.
Speaking of that screen, it is large and bright. But it's not articulated, a feature I use all the time with my other cameras. Needless to say, there is no viewfinder.
To get to the full settings menu, go to settings on the mode dial. I've not found a screen mode that includes level or histogram, two tools I regularly use.
Overall, camera a bit cramped in my hands. There are deep dots under thumb and a sharp, rubbery finger grip area, so I never feel that it will slip away.
There's a red AF assist light on the front, to the left (from operator's position) of shutter release. I turned it off in settings.
There are shortcomings in setup, but we can hope that these limitations get remedies in future firmware releases. The most glaring, I think, is lack of a way to set the maximum ISO available in auto ISO.
The lens mount on the camera is metal (yay!), but the bayonets on the lenses themselves are plastic (should I be saying “composite”?). Unfortunately, neither lens that came with the camera features optical stabilization.
There's a hot shoe, but this strikes me as inappropriate to the overall traits of the camera. I wouldn't carry a separate flash to use with the M1. It's also interesting that a two-lens kit is offered with a 12-40mm (24-80mm in 35mm terms) variable-aperture zoom and a 42.5mm f1/8 prime that should be popular for portraits. Both lenses are unapologetically plastic. As I write this, Lightroom finds no profiles for the Yi lenses.
Focus is all contrast detect, but nicely covers most of the screen. And you can use the touchscreen to tell it where to focus. There are, of course, a bunch of jpeg settings but since I shoot all raw, all the time, I'll be using the DNG setting.
I often shoot in aperture priority mode with a three-shot exposure bracket. Sorry, once you set the camera to capture raw files, you loose exposure bracketing.
I shot a few casual test shots around the house. One included objects inside my balcony door, outside and a brightly-lit house wall. Auto ISO went for 2,000 and I was shooting at f/5.6 and 1/100 sec. After tweaking both noise reduction and sharpening (in Lightroom), the image showed acceptable (not great) noise characteristics and sharpness. DXO Optics Pro 11 failed to recognize the DNG image files.
A real test of dynamic range (how much bright to dark info the sensor can capture) involved an outdoor scene with bright highlights and dark shadows. I shot with the M1 and a Sony a6000 for comparison. It would have been grossly unfair to compare the Yi camera to my Sony A7R2, a top tier camera regarding dynamic range. I brought images into Lightroom, pulled highlights all the way down, lifted shadows all the way, then adjusted exposure until the images did not show highlight clipping (blown bright areas). The test images (posted here) clearly show less shadow detail in the M1 image.
Why would you want the Yi M1? Well, it's intended to be friendly to those wanting to step up from a phone camera, thus the screen-centric interface. But it would also have appeal to anyone interested in something larger than a pocket camera but smaller than APS-C. At 20MP resolution, the M1 offers the highest resolution of any micro four thirds (MFT) camera. It looks like a viable glove box camera to me, something I can keep in my car for opportunistic shooting.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS AS OF 12/14/16
A firmeware update adds the ability to cap the ISO in auto ISO mode. Alas, it did not add the ability to AE bracket raw files. I should add that it's a bit obscure how to do the firmware update. It comes in a rar file that takes a special extraction program; why not a zip file?