YI M1 Review: A Micro Four Thirds body with lens and Sony sensor for under $300—so what’s the catch?


posted Monday, September 18, 2017 at 8:42 PM EST


Late last year, Shenzhen, China-based XiaoYi -- known stateside as Yi Technology -- launched the YI M1 to great fanfare. Its first standalone camera (and an interchangeable-lens camera, at that!) the Yi Camera drew plenty of attention for its reserved Leica-like looks, its quality Four Thirds-format Sony Exmor image sensor, and its broadly-supported Micro Four Thirds lens mount. But more than that, what got folks talking was its pricetag.

Originally shipping at around US$350 list (and that's with a 12-40mm kit lens), the compact little YI M1 can now be picked up for under US$300 with lens. Heck, you can get a twin-lens kit adding a 42.5mm prime for US$370 all told. Sure, the pricing is spectacular, but is there a catch to this affordable little Micro Four Thirds model, and if so what is it?


That's what we set out to answer in the just-published conclusion to our real-world YI M1 review. Hop on over now, and find out if we think the YI Camera belongs in your camera bag!

YI M1 ReviewField Test Part IField Test Part II •

 • Conclusion • Gallery • Buy Now