Photokina 2016: YI Technology announced a new M1 mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera

The Chinese company YI Technology announced a new M1 mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera that looks very similar to the Leica T. The technical specs are:

  • 20MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS Sony IMX269 sensor
  • 3-inch LCD touchscreen
  • 5fps
  • ISO range: 100 - 25.600
  • 4k/30P video
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth built-in
  • Two colors: black, silver
  • Update: sample photos can be found here

Two Yi Technology MFT lenses are currently available:

  • 42.5mm f/1.8 prime lens
  • 12-40mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens

Press release:

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YI Technology Announces the World’s Most Connected Mirrorless Camera at Photokina 2016

YI M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera Shoots Like a Pro and Shares Like a Smartphone

COLOGNE, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Photokina 2016 – YI Technology, a leading, international provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, today introduced the YI M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera, its first professional-grade camera. The YI M1 is a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera that features Bluetooth® connectivity and a simple app interface, offering the power and features of a professional camera with the ease and connectivity of a smartphone. YI will unveil the YI M1 at Photokina 2016, September 20-25 in Cologne, Germany.

“With the launch of the YI M1, we are aiming to re-energize professional quality photography by making it accessible and simple to use for the average person or amateur photographer,” said Sean Da, CEO and Co-Founder of YI Technology. “Our mission is to bring top of the line technology to professionals and beginners alike in a simple, easy-to-use form and the YI M1 is no exception.”

Stunning Image and Video Quality

The YI M1 offers the ultimate image and video quality capturing 20 megapixel still images and stunning 4K video at 30 frames per second. It features the latest SONY IMX269 Image Sensor, supports ISO up to 25,600, as well as 2000-megapixel and Wide Dynamic Range video. Two lens options include a 12-40mm F3.5-5.6 and 42.5mm F1.8. YI M1 also includes an MFT mount system, which is compatible with more than 50 interchangeable lenses.

Simple, User-Friendly Design

Inspired by the ease of a smartphone, the simple yet sophisticated design of the YI M1 means photographers of any level, from beginner to professional, can capture and share stunning video and images. It features a 3-inch LCD touch screen, intuitive design and comprehensive controls. The lightweight and compact design means the user can focus more on shooting and less on heavy equipment. With the “Master Guide” feature in the accompanying YI M1 App, users can access photography templates, composition guidelines and step-by-step instructions, to shoot like a professional.

Easy Sharing and Connectivity

Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth technology offer users a way to seamlessly connect to a smartphone for fast sharing to social networks.

Pricing & Availability

YI M1 Mirrorless Camera will be available soon in two colors, Ice Silver and Storm Black. US and European pricing and availability will be announced soon on

To view the YI M1 in person at Photokina 2016 in Cologne, Germany, please visit YI Technology booth A-032, Hall 09.1.

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