Xiaomi debuts a $330 mirrorless camera

The latest out of Xiaomi's ecosystem partner XiaoYi is a $330 mirrorless camera dubbed the Yi M1 that looks awfully familiar. The Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera features a 20.16MP Sony IMX269 imaging sensor, offering a mechanical shutter, 4K video recording at 30fps, ISO up to 25600, and ability to shoot in RAW.

The camera doesn't offer an electronic viewfinder or built-in flash, but you do get a 3-inch touchscreen with an interface similar to that of a phone's camera app. The M1 will be available in black and white color options. According to Engadget, the camera also offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to transfer images to your phone with ease.

The camera is available with two lens options: the first one includes the body with a 12-40mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and will set buyers back ¥2,199 ($330), and the second option features the camera body and a 42.5mm f/1.8 lens for ¥2,999 ($450). The camera and lenses will go on sale from September 23 at JD.com.

Much like XiaoYi's other wares, like the Yi action camera, the M1 mirrorless camera will likely be limited to China. You should be able to buy it from third-party stores in due course of time, but as of now there's no information to suggest the camera will make its way outside the country.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • I was excited until learning it doesn't run android. Guess I'll continue to stick with the Galaxy Camera 2... Love that camera, but interchangeable lenses would be nice.
  • I am waiting for DL24-85
  • I'll stick to my Sony
  • I shoot Fuji mirrorless but something like this is great for my kid who won't have to lug my old DSLRs anymore.
  • it's a micro four third...i guess it'll work with both olympus and panasonic lenses
  • Yeah, I'm a huge Micro 4/3 fan. I'm glad more people are getting into the space. Hopefully it means better lenses for everyone! Also, I love that M43 is getting more megapixel love and some cheap 4K. Depending on how the video comes out on these, it might be a worthwhile investment. My M5ii is great at 1080, and I'm not really ready to spring for the M1ii just to get 4k video.
  • Just another cr@p from where else ?? and btw, ¥2,199 is not $330 but only $21.60 and ¥2999 isn't $450 but $29.45 ! and who do you think would buy a chinese made cr@p for $450 ?? keep dreamin' chinaman !
  • What are you talking about Google warrior? $1 is about 6.66 Yuan. So 2199 Yuan are indeed $330. And who want to buy Xiaomi products? Maybe the millions of people who buys them in India, Europe and non-Chinese Asian countries.
  • hey.. i want what you're smokin man..
  • Yuan, not Yen.
  • "Much like XiaoYi's other wares, like the Yi action camera, the M1 mirrorless camera will likely be limited to China."
    The Yi action camera is actually available on Amazon (US) and is a fantastic gopro replacement. Looking forward to checking these out if they come to Amazon