Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fujifilm X-M1 hints and tips - part 1

Recently I bought a Fujifilm X-M1, and as I've gotten to grips with it, here's a few tips and tricks.

Firstly, where to buy. I got mine from and here is the bundle I got

They are in Adelaide, South Australia. The above kit is a bargain at AUD999 and since they send you a proper GST invoice you get your GST back if you travel overseas within 60 days of purchase

Secondly, check your firmware. Even though mine was brand new, it had v1.00 firmware for both the body and the 27mm lens.

  1. Check which firmware you already have by holding down the DISP/BACK button as you turn the camera on. This also checks the (mounted) lens firmware.
  2. Install new firmware. Download the appropriate .dat file, place onto the SD card, start the camera by holding down DISP/BACK and turning on. Then follow the prompts. Takes only a few moments. Although my camera was at v 1.00 and the instructions suggested I needed to be on v 1.10, going direct to 1.20 worked OK.

As of August 2013 the current firmware is:

  • body - 1.20
  • XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 lens -  1.12
  • XF27mm F2.8 - 1.10

Thirdly, change the image capture mode to Raw and JPEG:

Press 'menu' and then down to  1 > IMAGE QUALITY > FINE + RAW

Fourthly, install a couple of apps on your Android smartphone:

  1. Photo Receiver” from Playstore. This allows you to send single images from the camera to your Android phone. It might be available on iOS, I don't have an iPhone handy to test.
  2. Camera App” allows you to browse the photos on the X-M1 from your Android phone, and retrieve the ones you want. The other features are not supported. As above, this App might be available on iOS, I don't have an iPhone handy to test. More on this when in the next part I discuss taking photos on the X-M1 and putting them onto Instagram NB “Camera Remote” only supports the Fujifilm X-T1 of the current range, as far as I can tell.

Fifth, remember that in common with other Fujifilm cameras the flash does not operate if you are in silent mode

Sixth, the most useful mode I've found is "P" since you can adjust the exposure, you get a histogram, and also easy access to settings like ISO
Seventh, the lens caps do not seem to fit very tightly, so consider getting a lanyard or other thing to hold them to the camera. Certainly mine came off in my bag a couple of times.

Thats about it for now. Part 2 will be here soon