• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

YI M1 advantages over Nikon W300

  • Less expensive
    $250 vs $387*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.34 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 380 vs 280 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 25 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon W300 advantages over YI M1

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Cheap as chips (and with a kit lens!); Quality Sony Exmor Four Thirds sensor; Widely-supported Micro Four Thirds lens mount; Good image quality from raw files; Reasonable burst performance for price; 4K video capture.

  • Poor ergonomics; Controls too easily bumped; Frustrating user interface; Mediocre JPEG image quality; Heavy-handed noise reduction; Unreliable white balance; No raw+JPEG; Buffer is almost nonexistent; Focus confirmation beep happens while still focusing; AF is poor in low light; Laggy user interface in playback; Extreme crop for 4K video; Kit lenses feel cheap; No bundled flash.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-PL6

YI M1
Olympus E-PL6
  • $250
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon W300
Olympus E-PL6
  • $387
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon AW120

YI M1
Nikon AW120
  • $250
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon W300
Nikon AW120
  • $387
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon N2

YI M1
Canon N2
  • $250
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon W300
Canon N2
  • $387
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Panasonic GF7

YI M1
Panasonic GF7
  • $250
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
Nikon W300
Panasonic GF7
  • $387
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $590
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Panasonic GX850

YI M1
Panasonic GX850
  • $250
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $548
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
Nikon W300
Panasonic GX850
  • $387
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $548
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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