Mirrorless cameras are being touted as the future of professional and prosumer photography, but who would have thought that Xiaomi-backed XiaoYi would eventually end up introducing their own Micro Four Thirds camera after focusing mainly on action cameras and home monitors? Well, that’s exactly what they did with the XiaoYi M1 and it’s not half bad. You’re getting a 20mp sensor, a maximum ISO 25,600 , and a choice between a 12-40mm f/3.5-5.6 or 42.5mm f/1.8 kit.
The XiaoYi M1 has a number of features as well. While its Sony imaging sensor is only able to capture 20.16mp shots, it’s able to effectively shoot 50mp images thanks to its software. It’s also capable of shooting up to 4K video. There’s no built-in flash or electronic viewfinder, but it does sport a 3 inch 720 x 480 resolution touchscreen.
If the affordable XiaoYi M1 and its suspiciously Leica-style looks are for you, you’ll only be able to get it in China beginning September 23, where it will start selling on the popular JD.com. The M1 will go for a surprisingly affordable 2,199 yuan (about Php15.8k) with the 12-40mm f/3.5-5.6 lens kit and 2,999 yuan (Php21.5k) for the 42.5mm kit.
Unfortunately, there’s no news if we’ll ever see this locally through official local channels. Hopefully, one of the top gray market importers will still bring the M1 here. Either way, there’ll likely be a significant markup.