When we got our hands on Chinese camera maker YI’s first mirrorless camera, the YI-M1, we didn’t have a lot of positive things to say. Despite a great sensor, the camera was… unrefined. But the company just released a new firmware version for the M1 that promises to smooth out some of its rougher edges.
Key updates include (much-needed) improved AF speed, the addition of a RAW+JPG shooting option, exposure control in P, A, S and M modes when shooting video, AF/MF control during video capture, and the addition of a histogram in live view while shooting both stills and video.
We’ve updated our review model to the latest firmware and are taking it for another spin to possibly update our review, but in the meantime, check out the release notes below to see what all YI has improved and fixed on the M1 with this newest update.
Firmware Version 3.0-int Update Logs
- Added exposure control in the mode P/A/S/M for video capture
- Added AF/MF control for video capture.
- Added RAW+JPG format for still capture
- Added still image option in Time Lapse
- Added the option to shoot 1-3 images when using the self-timer function with an initial 2 second or 10 second timer settings
- Added a histogram in live view mode for both still and video capture
- Added new focus viewing modes with improved image quality including: 6x, 8x and 10x magnification in MF mode
- Added 2 ways to show the Metering mode in the UI
- Added the user guide (Restoring factory settings to view)
- Added multiple selection of images for deletion.
- Added 2 new options for the display grid
- AE algorithm optimization
- Master Guide template display logic optimized
- Improved AF speed
Fixed some known bugs, and improved the overall stability of the system.
Change the thumbnails in each screen from 9 to 12 images.