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YI enters the mirrorless race with the M1

YI enters the mirrorless race with the M1 1

YI, or Young Innovators, is a China-based company that has already made its mark in the action cam market, earning a recommendation in our recent roundup. But it clearly has ambitions beyond this and has announced its entry into the consumer based compact ILC market.

YI has introduced the M1- a mirrorless ILC with 20MP Sony designed CMOS sensor that boasts Raw capability in the form of DNG output files and the ability to shoot 4K/30P video. As with its action cameras, YI publicly lists where its key components come from and the Sony IMX269 instantly suggests good things about the camera’s potential.

The M1 comes with two lenses; a 42.5mm F1.8 prime and a 12-40mm F3.5-5.6 zoom, a camera strap, a USB charging brick and a micro USB cable.

U.S. pricing and availability has not been announced.

Read our Yi M1 First Impressions Review

Yi M1 specifications

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Body material Composite and Metal
Max resolution 5184 x 3888
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 22 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100-25600
White balance presets 4
Custom white balance No
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Superfine, fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • DNG
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 81
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds
Focal length multiplier 2×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Panorama
  • Program
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene
  • Super Professional Guide (used w/ app)
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Sport
  • Night Scene
  • Candle
  • Sunset
  • Fireworks
  • Beach & Snow
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (Hot-Shoe)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Red-Eye Slow
Flash X sync speed 1/125 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive 5.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames up to 6 shots)
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264
  • 4096 x 2060 @ 30p / 75 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 15 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 15 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 60p / 15 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 10 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 24p / 10 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Micro HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 801.11b/g/n with Bluetooth LE
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BXM-10 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 450
Dimensions 114 x 64 x 34 mm (4.49 x 2.52 x 1.34)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (JPEG)
GPS None

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