YI M1 Review : Xiaomi’s Affordable Mirrorless with 4K Video Recording

Xiaomi is really in their golden time. The Chinese company is expanding their wings into various industries. After successfully shaking the smartphone market, now Xiaomi is trying to do the same in the photography world. They have just released YI M1, their first ever mirrorless digital camera product. And, oh my gosh, what an awesome camera it is! Available at a very affordable and budget-friendly price point, it looks elegant and stylish, and is coming with various attractive specifications and features. It even supports 4K Ultra HD video recording already!


YI M1 is available in two color variants, Ice Silver and Storm Black. The body has been designed to be minimalist, smooth and uncluttered, for easy and practical operation as well as effortless storage and travel. On the rear, you can find a 3.0-inch high-res touchscreen display with just two function buttons to keep it simple. Meanwhile, the housing is made of the lightweight and skin-friendly Arnitel thermoplastic material. It indeed feels comfortable on the skin, so it is very much not likely to tire or irritate your palms in prolonged photo hunting sessions. It is reasonably rugged, but, if I were you, I wouldn’t try dropping it from the top of Eiffel Tower. I wouldn’t also use it in a storm because it is not environmentally sealed.

Despite the affordability, you may be surprised that YI M1 has been armed with the latest 20MP four-thirds Sony IMAX269 image sensor which supports ISO up to 25600. Combined with the decent 1/4000s maximum shutter speed, YI M1 has got some power that any photographer will certainly value. It even supports 4K Ultra HD video recording with crisp, clear images and smooth, fluid movements. Or, you can try the 240-fps slow motion video for your creative projects. In addition, YI M1 comes with an 81-point AF system that is quite fast and reliable. The AF system also supports face detection and is able to detect up to 32 faces simultaneously. Furthermore, there are also AE Bracketing and WB Bracketing features, which are very handy for HDR and landscape photography.

Another great thing about YI M1 is that it comes with an interchangeable lens system. You can choose to get YI M1 along with the 12-40mm F/3.5-5.6 lens and/or the 42.5mm F/1.8 lens. To fill up your weaponry, there are over 50 lenses compatible with YI M1 that you can get from the market. So, you can have the fullest extent of flexibility and versatility of a mirrorless digital camera with YI M1. The camera comes with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for easy, seamless connectivity.

Specifications of YI M1
YI M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera – Interchangeable Lens Camera
Lens Mount: MFT
35mm-equivalent Focal Length: Approx. 2x the lens focal length
Total Pixels: 21.77 MP (5280 x 3956)
Effective Pixels: 20.16 MP
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 (4:3)
Image Quality
Optimal Resolution: 20M (5184 x 3888)
Resolution Options: VGA, 3M, 8M, 16M, 20M, 50M
File Format: RAW, JPEG, EXIF v2.3
AF Points: 81 Points
AF Luminance Range: -4EV~20EV
Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Single AF (S-AF), Continuous AF (C-AF), Touchscreen Focus & Shoot
Manual Focus: Supported (with Focus Peaking & Manual Focus Zoom)
LCD Screen Size: 3.0-inch
Resolution: 720 x 480 RGB
Brightness Control: Supported
Touchscreen: Supported
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed: 1/4000s~60s
Metering Mode: Spot, Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average
ISO: Auto, 100 – 25600
Exposure Compensation: ±5 EV
Bracketing: AE, WB
HDR: Supported
External Flash: Supported
Flash Sync Speed: 1/125s
Drive Mode
Drive Mode: Single, Sequential, Timer (2s, 10s)
Sequential Shooting Speed: 5 images per sec
Video Parameters
4K30fps MPEG-4/H.264 AAC
2K30fps MPEG-4/H.264 AAC
FULL HD 60fps, 30fps, 24fps MPEG-4/H.264 AAC
HD 60fps, 30fps, 24fps MPEG-4/H.264 AAC
VGA240fps MPEG-4/H.264 AAC
Microphone: Stereo
Speaker: Monaural
Recording Media: SD / SDHC / SDXC (max 512g)
Wireless: 2.4G
Bluetooth: BLE 4.0
USB: USB 2.0
Remote Control: Through smart devices
Other Attributes
Battery: Lithium Battery, approx. 450 images (CIPA Standard)
Camera Size (mm): 130.4 (W) × 93.5 (H) × 63.1 (D)
Image Aspect: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1
Panorama: Supported
Operating Temperature/Humidity
Storage: -20 ~ +60°C, 10-90%RH
Operation: -10 ~ +40°C, 30-90%RH

Pros of YI M1
– Very affordable and budget-friendly price!
– Powerful image sensor and excellent image quality
– 4K Ultra HD video recording capability
– Interchangeable lens system compatible with over 50 lenses
– Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Price of YI M1
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