Pentax MX-1

Last Updated (06 June’13):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Imaging-resource

Pentax MX-1 is a 12.0-Megapixels digital compact camera with smc Pentax 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 Zoom Lens. It features 1/1.7″ BSI CMOS Sensor, 3.0-inch Tiltable LCD Monitor with resolution up to 920k-Dot, Body-Based Shake Reduction Systems, ISO 100-12800, Full HD 1080p Video recording, and has Macro Shooting Capabilities. The camera is designed with Genuine Brass Body Construction, it measures (W x H x D) 4.8 x 2.4 x 2″ / 121.9 x 61.0 x 50.8 mm and weight 13.8 oz / 391 g.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Expert Reviews

Pentax MX-1 Reviews

Imaging-resource reviews the Pentax MX-1 and writes;
“On the top deck sits a dedicated exposure compensation dial, a nice touch that will likewise appeal to Pentax’s target customer. And of course, there are plenty of other features aimed at enthusiasts, including fully manual shooting, a DNG raw file format option, sensor-shift shake reduction, dual remote control receivers, and more.”
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Ephotozine reviews the Pentax MX-1 and writes;
“It is currently at the more expensive end of the market and offers high image quality and manual controls. While there were some quirks with some of the features, such as HDR, which we would have preferred to have worked better, the camera offers a lot of customisation and editing features within the camera, without the need to process images on your PC.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Techradar reviews the Pentax MX-1 and writes;
“The Sony sensor onboard the Pentax MX-1 produces some very sharp images with excellent colour rendition, especially in good lighting conditions.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Photographyblog reviews the Pentax MX-1 and writes;
“The ISO range runs from 100-25600, but we’d recommend sticking with 100-1600 for optimum results, with ISO 3200 as an emergency backup. That fast f/1.8-2.5 lens and effective image stabilisation also mean that the the MX-1 can cope with most lighting environments.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

slrlounge reviews the Pentax MX-1 and writes;
“Reviewing the images that I’ve made with the Pentax MX-1 I see that I’ve been doing quite a bit of street photography and getting very close to my subjects without attracting too much attention (beyond the miaow mode effect). The quiet shutter, small size, retro styling and tiltable screen all helped.”
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PCMAG reviews the Pentax MX-1 and writes;
“Gorgeous design with brass construction. Excellent control layout. Tilting rear display. Fast lens. Raw shooting support. Low noise through ISO 1600.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Pentax MX-1 and writes;
“The MX-1 features a newly designed 1/1.7″ 12MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor with a top sensitivity of ISO 12,800, while the MX-1 sports a 4x optical zoom ranging from 28-112mm and a max. aperture range of f/1.8-2.5. The lens also features a 1cm Macro feature for close subject shooting, while Pentax claims the Intelligent Zoom function found on the MX-1 increases the zoom coverage up to approximately 7.8x (equivalent to 218mm) without compromising image quality.”
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Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Pentax MX-1 and writes;
“the MX-1 offers the usual array of advanced compact features. HD video recording is here at 1080/30p or 720/60p (according to Pentax reps), and we imagine the tilt screen will be a real boon for videographers. There’s also a built-in neutral density filter, which combined with the 1/8000sec max shutter speed should mean you’ll never ever get overexposed shots when shooting at f/2.0 in bright daylight.”
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Pocket-lint reviews the Pentax MX-1 and writes;
“While it all feels reassuringly solid and retro, the tiltable screen brings you back into the modern world, giving you the flexibility to compose those awkward angle shots with ease.. The 3-inch display is a high resolution too, with 920k-dots setting it among the sharper screens you’ll find on a compact camera, so there’s plenty of detail.”
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Pentax MX-1 Features

The Pentax MX-1 features a 12 megapixel 1/1.7″ backside-illuminated CMOS sensor which able to capture high quality, detailed imagery with notable low-light sensitivity to ISO 12800. There is dual PENTAX body-based Sensor-shift & Pixel Track Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system to reduce camera shake and ensures sharp, blur-free images and video, even in the most shake-prone and low lighting conditions.

The camera also equipped with a fast and bright, wide-aperture smc Pentax 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 Zoom Lens for outstanding depth of field control and beautiful bokeh. With 4X optical zoom which offers a versatile range for shooting at 28-112mm in the 35mm format, making it ideal for everyday use. While the lens construction consist of four aspherical elements to help reduce the chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range, giving way to imagery with greater clarity and quality.

In addition, the camera is able to full HD 1920 x 1080 video at 30fps, as well as standard HD 1280 x 720 video at either 60fps or 30fps. You can playback, review, and monitoring your photos and videos on a 3.0-inch LCD Monitor with resolution up to 920k-dot that features a tilting design to facilitate easier usage from high and low viewing angles. Not only does it, you can playback them on either the LCD monitor or an HDTV when connected via the HDMI port.

Pentax MX-1 Features:

+ 12.0-Megapixels 1/1.7″ BSI CMOS Sensor

+ smc Pentax 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 Zoom Lens

+ 3.0-inch 920k-Dot Tiltable LCD Monitor

+ Body-Based Shake Reduction Systems

+ ISO 100-12800

+ Full HD 1080p Video recording

+ Genuine Brass Body Construction

+ Macro Shooting Capabilities

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