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An entry level camera from China is making the rounds at Photokina this week. The Yi M1 has the design of a Leica camera with a 20.16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor from Sony for only $330. Young Innovators, or YI Technologies in the US, was in the news recently for their move into the action camera market. The YI 4k Action Camera 2 had decent review while undercutting the GoPro by $200. Considering this mirrorless is using tech from Sony it has a good chance of doing okay as an entry level option. Aimed at the entry level crowd the camera itself only has two buttons and no viewfinder, opting for the three inch touchscreen to handle the workload.89a7c8a0-7e40-11e6-be40-cd4343874df8-png-hm

As for options it’s a Micro Four Thirds with a Sony Sensor allowing for plenty of non YI MFT lenses available. Coming with the camera is a 12-40mm F/2.5-5.6 zoom lens or a combo with a 42.5mm F/1.8 macro prime. As a kit it’s $330, the dual lens set will sell for $450.

fenxThe Yi M1 uses the 20.16MP Sony IMX269, actually the same sensor in the Olympus Pen-F giving it 4K (30fps), fast continuous shooting, and RAW image capability. This allows it a speed of five frames per second and a 81 point focus system which is good for a entry level camera. As for RAW it saves in Adobe DNG making it work perfectly with Lightroom. Bluetooth and Wifi are included for fast mobile sharing and remote control of the camera.

Other accessories such as a backpack (costs $60), filters, and etc. have been announced by name but no details as of yet. The Y1 M1 will be out Sept. 23rd in China and later for the US. As their first real go at the mirrorless market it’s hard not to say it’s a decent try at a entry level option.


Mount Micro Four Thirds
Sensor Sony IMX269 CMOS
Crop Factor 2.0x
Resolution 20MP (5184px*3888px)
Format Raw, Jpeg
Aspect Ratio 4: 3, 3: 2, 16: 9, 1: 1
Focus Contrast Detection
AF Multi-area, Center, Face Detection, Single AF, Continuous AF, Touch AF, Face Detection, & Touch Shooting
Manual Focus Focus Peaking & Zoom Manual Focus
Focus Points 81 Points
Screen 3 inch 720 x 480 RGB + Touchscreen
Shutter Speed 1 / 4000s ~ 60s
Exposure Modes Exposure Modes: Automatic, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual Exposure, B Door, T Door
Metering Mode Spot Metering, Evaluative Metering, Center-weighted Metering
ISO Auto, 100 – 25,600
Bracketing Yes, Up to 3 Shots
Time-Lapse Yes
Panorama Yes
Flash Supports External (Not Available as of Announcement)
Video 4K 3840 × 2160 30fps, 2K 2048 × 1536 30fps
FULL HD 1920 × 1080 60fps, 30fps, 24fps
HD 1280 × 720 60fps, 30fps, 24fps
VGA 640 × 480 240fps
Video Format MPEG-4 / H.264
Audio Format AAC
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
USB 2.0
HDMI Micro HDMI Connection
WiFi Yes
Bluetooth 4.1
Remote Shooting Yes, via Smartphone
Storage Media SD / SDHC / SDXC (max 512G)
Battery Life ~450 Photos
Color Silver, Black
Dimensions 113.5mm (W) x 64.3mm (H) x 33.6mm (D) excluding protrusions
Weight 280g
Cost $330 for Camera + Kit Lens. $450 for Dual Lens Kit.

12-40mm F/3.5-5.6 Lens
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42.5mm F/1.8 lens

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