Sony Sensor in a Budget 20 MP/4K Mirrorless MFT Camera | YI M1 Overview

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We tested the YI M1 in today’s video! 20MP Sony sensor, capable of 4K with a MFT mount seems great on paper, but was YI capable of pulling it off? Logan finds out.

Included in our kit had the 12-40mm F3.5-5.6 lens and the 42.5mm F1.8 lens. Unique and interesting choices were made, like the lack of manual focus on the prime lens.

Specs and performance:
4K/30fps video recording and 20MP still images
Sony IMX269 Image Sensor
Built-in Wi-Fi and BLE Bluetooth
ISO range of 100 (simulated) to 25600
Shutter speed ranges from 1/4000 to 60 seconds
Capable of continuously shooting at 5FPS
3" LCD Touch Screen
Comes in “storm black” or “ice silver”
Micro USB and HDMI output ports

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So would this be considered one of the best cameras in its price bracket ($350 for the frame and single lens)?

I’ve used point and shoots and a basic SLR before, but all this digital froufrou is beyond me.

Is there any chance you could do some test video with the camera? With some legacy glass? Seems like it’s be a great B-camera to go with my GH2.

I wouldn’t consider it the best… But maybe if they expanded on their manual focus options (like focus peaking would’ve made this AMAZING).

Sorry ahead of time for the banter between Logan and I lmao Also sorry about the end slates, was testing the system for Crit’s videos.

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That’s a shame. I’m probably going to be looking for a camera this summer (~$350 for the frame) for some impromptu photography, but like I said before, I have no idea what I’m looking at. Only thing I know is I pretty much need interchangeable lenses.

I get the feeling this should be sold as a body only camera, not just the kit. The terribad focusing could be fixed with legacy lenses or any other halfway decent m4/3 glass. And then crop factor could be mitigated with a SpeedBooster. Can you check the HDMI out? I can’t seem to find confirmation if it is only for playback, or if it does output a clean HDMI signal while recording or on standby.

Might as well get a whole other camera at this point :stuck_out_tongue: The form was intended for run and gun, quick snaps but that was capable of packing a punch that an expensive camera would carry. Really it just needs better software implementation, in my mind.

Remind me next week - supposedly we’re getting inches of ice tonight and tomorrow, and Friday its supposed to be riots in Portland so I might not be making it in this week again.


I already have one :stuck_out_tongue: …so at least for me, it’d be an interesting travel kit. I really like the form factor of it; I’ve wanted something like the Panasonic GX line, but the price point and features on the M1 make it a lot more appealing. And that silver one looks quite nice.

Do you know what the underlying software is? I imagine someone could maybe hack it, or at least Yi should be able to push firmware updates rather easily.

No idea. But being that you can just simply load in a new one via SD card, I imagine someone could bake their own as well (Magic Lantern does this).

Yeah, it’s the same with the GH1 and GH2 (it’s one of the main reasons I stayed with m4/3 and the GH cameras). I need to check over on the old forums where I got my patches from and see if there’s anyone pursing this or if it’s even feasible.

Edit: So after looking around, it would appear other Yi cameras (a couple webcams and the action cams) have been hacked already. In theory, it should be do-able, how long we’ll have to wait, who knows. Also, because it is wifi enabled, I wouldn’t be surprised if you could get in that way to tweak stuff as well. Guess I’ll have to order one and start tinkering…

Can anyone comment on the firmware updates and improved functionality? I’m really interested in this camera as a step past my current phone’s camera. I recently went on vacation and was able to come home with quite a few nice photos, but i think its time to move up to something that is solely dedicated to photos. This camera on paper seems to fit the bill, but I’m just uncertain about some of the negatives mentioned in the video. I’m not a pro photographer, I’m an average person looking for a cost effective option.