YI Technology just launched a new camera: YI M1 Mirrorless Camera

At IFA in Berlin I talked to Sean, CEO of YI Technology, about cameras and he asked which cameras I use. I told him I recently got a Sony a6300 mirrorless camera. His reply was: “You bought to early” and then he pulled out the latest YI camera of his backpack:

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera

 

I use my Sony a6300 mirrorless mostly for videos, YI M1 Mirrorless Camera will also feature 4K video recording (30fps). The trend of DSLR videos started with Canon’s 5d mkII camera. There was no intention of pushing this DSLR to video filming, but it became a often used video camera. The large sensor shot beautiful video with a shallow depth of field. Sony is now pushing its mirrorless cameras into that direction as the mirror from DSLRs is not really needed. Of course the main purpose of these cameras is still photography.

 

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera

YI’s first mirrorless camera will feature a 20 MP Sony Sensor (IMX269). The sensor “reached a peak pixel M4 /3 field, bringing accurate color reproduction and rich details of the performance of your photos.” M1 offers super fast continuous shooting, RAW support, 4K Video shooting and ISO up to 25600.

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera features a 20 MP Sony Sensor

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera features a 20 MP Sony Sensor

 

It will come with a zoom lens or in a set with zoom and prime lens: The two lenses are a 12-42mm F3.5-5.6 zoom lens & a 42.5mm F1.8 prime lens, for portraits. MTF (micro four third) has a crop factor of 2.0, so the lenses equal 24-84mm and 85mm compared to 35mm film. As MTF is a standard bayonet you can of course use any other MFT lens. The YI lenses seem to be very well made, YI cooperates with a well known lens manufacturer.

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera - 12-42mm zoom & 42.5mm prime lens.

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera – 12-42mm zoom & 42.5mm prime lens.

 

On the back of YI M1 Mirrorless Camera is a large 3″ touch screen. You can either select shutter and aperture via screen or use the two dials on top of the camera:

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera - Touch Screen

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera – Touch Screen

 

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera also comes with wifi and bluetooth for wireless connection to you smartphone via App (Android & iOS). So you can easily copy the images to your smartphone, edit them and share them online.

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera - App

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera – App

 

Retailer / Price

The camera is very lightweight with only 280g and is available in “Ice Silver” and “Storm Black”.




 

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera on display at Photokina, Cologne

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera on display at Photokina, Cologne

 

I hope I can test it soon and compare it with my Sony alpha 6300 I bought one week earlier for a way higher price. Stay tuned!

More Information on YI Technology’s website.

 

 

First video of YI M1 Mirrorless Camera:

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