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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous looking camera with superb macro abilities, April 25, 2013
This review is from: Pentax MX-1 12 MP Black Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD Screen (Electronics)
Length:: 5:48 Mins

♦ Brief ♦

I have to say I was in complete awe when I first unwrapped the camera, it has a wonderful sleek retro look and is very comfortable to hold.

The camera does feel a little heavy in weight, but has a great amount of grip along the body to compensate.

One of my favourite external features is the screen, you can extend it outwards and then tilt it if needed, I found this extremely useful when taking macro shots at ground level.

♦ Navigation ♦

The camera has a mode dial located up the top, this allows you to quickly change from the modes most suitable for point & shoot situations such as 'AUTO PICTURE' & 'SCENE' modes, to the more advanced settings like the 'Manual' mode.

The button layout on the camera I found to be very well placed and everything has a clear label/icon so you know what your clicking on.

As for the menu, it may not look like someone has designed it in Microsoft paint, however it's clear and due to the tab system, makes it easy to find the settings you want.

♦ Picture Quality ♦

Honestly, the overall image quality I think is superb, although there are some situations it doesn't cope so well in, it generally does well:

☑ Outdoors/Daytime; Results have been great in such conditions, however be careful when pointing near the direction of the sun as it's highly likely you will get lens flare.

☑ Beach/Sea; Would recommend using the 'SCENE' mode and select 'Surf & Snow', this will really bring out the colours, alternatively use the 'Blue Sky' for a vivid blue sky.

☑ Macro shots; To guarantee a crisp macro shot, press the flower icon located on the back of the camera and choose "Macro" for close-up shoots, or "1cm Macro" to succeed in focus insanely close to the subject, I was honestly blown away at how well this camera can focus at such close range, with stunning results.

☑ Flash; There are a lot of flash modes to choose from such as 'auto', 'off', 'on', 'auto + red-eye', 'on + red-eye', 'slow-speed sync' and more. I normally use auto, which when used has been the perfect amount and doesn't drown out the subject. #NOTE: Flash isn't really suitable for close-up shots.

☑ Indoors; Although I've had a few dud shots, most have been good results. For even better results indoors, I would recommend putting the flash on auto.

☒ Night scenic shots; Considering this camera boasts a low-light performance, I wanted to see what it could do. I tried the camera on a lovely moon-lit night that had a good amount of light lighting up the sky whilst using a tripod. The initial results on the cameras screen seemed promising, but when I had viewed the photo on my computer, there was a lot of noise on the photo. At the same time I attempted the same shot on my Sony RX100 (a rival competitor in these range of cameras) whilst using the same settings, the RX100 had little to no visible noise in the photos.

♦ Final Opinion ♦

The MX-1 by Pentax is probably the nicest looking camera I've seen in a long time, it's comfortable to hold and is easy to navigate.

Whilst it may struggle in some lower-lighting conditions, the overall performance is extremely good, especially when it comes to macro shots, the results really are out of this world.
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Initial post: Jul 12, 2013 7:02:33 PM PDT
Tom says:
Thanks for the review. I hadn't heard of this camera before today and it looks like a nice small sensor retro camera. About the low light performance and Sony RX-100 as a rival: The Sony does better in low light because of its larger sensor and is priced accordingly. This Pentax has a sensor the same same as the Canon S110 and should perform about the same, even a little better because of the faster lens.
Hint: While using the camera on a tripod force the camera into the lowest ISO setting (100?) by turning auto ISO off, presuming auto ISO is turned on and use a longer exposure to compensate. I don't know what the longest shutter speed is, but hopefully it's longer than a few seconds. Using the base ISO will make a remarkable difference in overall picture quality and noise.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2013 2:41:37 AM PDT
MyKeyReviews says:
Thank you for the compliments!

Also cheers for the tip, as I'm still learning this will be most useful to me, I'll definitely try that next time. :)

Posted on Oct 19, 2013 12:02:09 AM PDT
as Tom said, the Canon S95/100/110 or Lumix LX-5/7 would be much fairer comparisons...the Sony RX100 has a significantly larger/better sensor and is several hundred dollars more expensive.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2013 12:13:20 AM PDT
MyKeyReviews says:
At the time of review, they weren't too far from each other in price, not only this but I actually had the rx100 to compare with and both boasts good low-light performance.

But like I said in my review, this is still a fantastic camera. :)
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