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YI releases much-needed firmware update for Yi-M1 mirrorless camera

by on Nov.01, 2017, under Reviews

When we got our hands on Chinese camera maker YI’s first mirrorless camera, the YI-M1, we didn’t have a lot of positive things to say. Despite a great sensor, the camera was… unrefined. But the company just released a new firmware version for the M1 that promises to smooth out some of its rougher edges.

Key updates include (much-needed) improved AF speed, the addition of a RAW+JPG shooting option, exposure control in P, A, S and M modes when shooting video, AF/MF control during video capture, and the addition of a histogram in live view while shooting both stills and video.

We’ve updated our review model to the latest firmware and are taking it for another spin to possibly update our review, but in the meantime, check out the release notes below to see what all YI has improved and fixed on the M1 with this newest update.

Release Notes


Firmware Version 3.0-int Update Logs


  1. Added exposure control in the mode P/A/S/M for video capture
  2. Added AF/MF control for video capture.
  3. Added RAW+JPG format for still capture
  4. Added still image option in Time Lapse
  5. Added the option to shoot 1-3 images when using the self-timer function with an initial 2 second or 10 second timer settings
  6. Added a histogram in live view mode for both still and video capture
  7. Added new focus viewing modes with improved image quality including: 6x, 8x and 10x magnification in MF mode
  8. Added 2 ways to show the Metering mode in the UI
  9. Added the user guide (Restoring factory settings to view)
  10. Added multiple selection of images for deletion.
  11. Added 2 new options for the display grid
  12. AE algorithm optimization
  13. Master Guide template display logic optimized
  14. Improved AF speed


Fixed some known bugs, and improved the overall stability of the system.


Change the thumbnails in each screen from 9 to 12 images.


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Behind the scenes: Capturing creepy Halloween wet plate portraits

by on Oct.31, 2017, under Reviews

While most people will be out experimenting with a little chemical called Ethanol on Halloween, at least one photographer decided to use some Ethyl Ether and Silver Nitrate instead. Markus Hofstaetter—whose work we’ve featured in the past—decided to take a few wet plate collodion portraits this Halloween, and documented the entire process in a creative 360° video.

The main shot Hofstaetter was after is actually not the hard-core looking skull portrait in the GIF at the top. Instead, he wanted to take a self-portrait in the style of Walter White “Heisenberg” of Breaking Bad.

“I feel always like him when I prepare the chemicals for my collodion wet plate process,” Markus writes on his blog. He also went for an imperfect look. By not cleaning the edges of the plates after the silver bath and not cleaning the plate holder. “It’s not always about perfection.”

Here are a few BTS shots, the final images, and a couple of high res crops from the wet plate scans Markus sent over:

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Speaking to DPReview, Markus explained some of the particulars of his process:

I like to use trays for sanitizing my plates much more than typical silver bath tanks. That’s because mamut plates are easier to handle, the alcohol (that comes from the collodion coating into the silver bath) can easier evaporate in a tray and it’s so much easier to fill 2 Liters of nitrate back in a bottle with a tray.

All Chemicals I use are self-made and the collodion is typically done on the day before the shooting to get the plates more sensible to light. I make developer and fixer occasionally – these are very stable. The silver bath is Maintained two to three times a year.

As you can see in the video, I forgot to wear my glasses when I put the plate into the silver bath tray the first time – this is very dangerous!!! Because one drop of silver nitrate in your eye will blind you. Never happened before – but I was kind of busy with the 360 cam :(

Normally I wear masks too (the Ether in the Collodion is unhealthy), but I didn’t want to get indents on my face from the mask. You would have seen that in the picture.

To see more from Markus, be sure to visit his website, check out his blog, or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Photos, GIF and Video by Markus Hofstaetter and used with permission.

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