YI M1 Review

Overall 48
Imaging 16
Features 50
Size 84
Price 1

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 75 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 114 x 64 x 34 mm
  • Weight: 350 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

YI M1 Summary

This review is devoted to M1 that YI has first introduced to the public in Sep 19, 2016. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #83 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 48/100 and it takes a rank of #151 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

YI M1 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our YI M1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Max Native Iso: 25600
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 81
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 450 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of YI M1 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in YI M1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of YI M1

YI M1 has the following external dimensions 114 x 114 x 34 mm (44.88 x 25.2 x 13.39″) with the weight of 350 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of YI M1, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that YI M1 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 34mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of YI M1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the YI M1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the YI M1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

YI M1 — 450 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

YI M1 — 34 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

YI M1 — 350 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

Unfortunately, YI M1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, YI M1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

YI M1 Photo and Sensor Features

YI M1 boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of YI M1 has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

YI M1 features a 20.0 MP Four Thirds sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

YI M1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Four Thirds sensor featured in YI M1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of YI M1

LCD and ViewFinder

YI M1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,040k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of YI M1 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, M1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

In addition, M1 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of YI M1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 4096 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, YI M1 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

YI M1 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of M1.

YI M1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of YI M1 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, M1 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect M1 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in YI M1 provides a shooting life of 450, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.

Compared to all models in the Entry-Level Mirrorless category, YI M1 offers the highest battery life that reaches 450 shots.

How Good is YI M1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on YI M1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review YI M1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the M1 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

YI M1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well YI M1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 16. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, YI M1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

YI M1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well YI M1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 30. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, YI M1 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (114 x 64 x 34 mm)
  • Live View
  • Large Four Thirds(17.3 x 13 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization

YI M1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well YI M1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 65. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, YI M1 can be called a 65 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big Number of autofocus Points (81)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Small battery life (450 shots)
  • Small size (114 x 64 x 34 mm)

YI M1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well YI M1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, YI M1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in Flash
  • No Built-in View Finder

YI M1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well YI M1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 75. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, YI M1 can be called a 75 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing

YI M1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand YI
Model M1
Announced Sep 19, 2016
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Number of Lenses 94
Focal Length Multiplier 2x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,040k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes Auto, Slow Sync, Red-Eye Slow
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.90 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5184 x 3888
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 81
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 75 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Max Video Resolution 4096 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 350 g
Physical Dimensions 114 x 64 x 34 mm
Battery Life 450 shots
Battery Type 450 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage Slots 1

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