Pentax MX-1 Silver 12MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD Display (OLD MODEL)
Overall score: 74%
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- 1/1.7-Inch 12 mega pixel back -illuminated CMOS sensor for exceptional performance
- A 4X optical zoom (28-112mm in 35mm format) at f1.8-2.5 for outstanding depth of field control and beautiful bokeh.
- Large, hi resolution 3 inch 920k pixel LCD screen can be tilted up or down for easy viewing and shooting from difficult angles
- Dual PENTAX body based sensor shift & pixel track shake reduction stabilization system ensures sharp, blur free images and video, even in dim lighting.
- Full 1920 x 1080 HD video with h.264 compression with HDMI out port
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|Item Dimensions||2.4 x 2.01 x 4.8 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2.22 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.86 pounds|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year parts and labor|
|Material Type||Brass and composite|
|Shipping Weight||2.19 pounds|
Review summary from DPReview
Pentax's first entry into the premium pocket camera category is big on image quality but also a bit big for the pocket, which narrows its niche a little more than its competitors. Still, it's a very capable camera with a good set of features, a handsome finish, and an impressive sensor and lens combination.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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Top Customer Reviews
I like the image quality, its ISO range (100-12,800), the fast 1.8-2.5 lens, and the DUAL sensor Shake Reduction that allows me to take shots in low light or slow speeds, without blurring. Also remember it has the best ISO performance "for under $500" according to Dxomark ([...]
I've found the tiltable screen to be a great feature for street photography, as I can tilt it and make like I'm reviewing or fiddling with the buttons, and make the shot surreptitiously without disturbing people ;)
The filters included (B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Extract Color, Fish Eye, Miniature, etc.) are fun to use (up to 20 filters can be combined and applied to the same image according to the user manual).
It also has a RAW development feature but I prefer to do it in my laptop.
HDR has worked very good at night and in landscapes and three modes are available: Standard, Strong 1, and Strong 2.
The 1cm macro is wonderful and I've enjoyed it shooting flowers and insects with very good results.
I take one star off for a few reasons:
1) the MX-1 can't take filters and I would like to use a polarizing, and permanently put an UV to protect the lens.
2) I find it annoying when I turn on the camera when the cap is on and I get a "Please confirm the lens cap is removed" message, and the camera then turns off. Maybe it can be corrected with a new firmware release. UPDATE: I NOTICED THAT THIS FEATURE CAN PREVENT THE LENS FROM ACCIDENTALLY EXTENDING WHEN INSIDE A CASE OR BAG! so it can be a good thing after all...
3) A hot shoe for a flash or external mic would've been a good addition.Read more ›
I've never had a camera I love THIS much. I've used my share of SLRs and I still use them for specialized tasks, but for everything else, I take this.
I'll start with the most obvious and shallow: it's gorgeous! I love the look of old cameras. I don't care for modern cameras or the neo-retro look. I like OLD. I like rangefinders. I miss using my old Konica C35. Etc. This fits the bill almost perfectly. Aside from the zoom lens up front, it's pretty convincing. Even more so with the lens cap on. It looks thoroughly modern from the rear, but it's a trade-off I will accept for the functionality. The LCD screen is big and clear. I wish the screen tilted both ways or not at all. I can take very low shots because the screen tilts up, but I'd also like to to able to take overhead shots by tilting the screen down. I don't do very much of either, and I've learned to take those kinds of shots blind anyway, so I would have forgone all tilt, to shave a quarter inch off the back. [Great tip from "The Folded Space": Tilt the screen, hold the camera upside down, and you'll be able to take accurate over-head shots. The accelerometer inside will orient the screen correctly. When you check your "roll" later, the image will be right-side up!]
I love the optics. The lenses are fast, clear, bright, and colorful. Coupled with the quick processing and autofocus, I rarely have to think twice about what I'm shooting. I leave the cap on and the camera off between uses. It turns on in a flash and the cap comes off with a sweep of my thumb. The lens starts at its widest zoom.Read more ›
When I look at the MX-1, I see it being compared to it's direct competitors in the enthusiast compact cameras - eg Canon s110, Olympus ZX2, Sony RX100 etc., and compared within Pentax itself to the Q, Q10, and newly announced Q7- which has the same sensor size as the MX-1. I'll touch on each.
- in good light, or in poorer light where you can place it on a stable base and adjust shutter speeds, or aperture, the MX-1 gives images in jpeg which are much closer to the aps-c sensor in my dslr than I expected. I haven't tested the iso limits, but up to 800 it was not bad at all.
- the f1.8-2.5 across it's zoom range really makes a difference. For some cameras like the Canon s110 and Sony RX100, the f stop starts big, but quickly gives an aperture that's no different than any other compact camera. I took the MX-1 to a wedding banquet and the lighting was well down, except on stage and along the central path where the bride and groom walk in. The faster shutter speed from a wider aperture was noticeable, and I'm glad to have a much less fuzzy handheld photo, and even did it twice in hi burst mode too.
- ergonomics. Despite being the largest and heaviest of it's direct competitors, it's easy to grip, and tilting LCD screen gives it a distinct edge in flexibility.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This camera is really cool looking. I got it for that reason and also because of all the manual capabilitiies. This camera pretty much does everything. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Colin S.
Only have had one opportunity to use Mx-1 and have enjoyed it so far. Need more time to fully evaluate it's performance.Published 13 months ago by Richard Caffarelli Sr.
Super camera, versatile and easy to use. Retro styled, but with modern features. I particularly like the movable LCD screen.Published 14 months ago by Picky Buyer
I purchased this camera almost a year ago when it was on sale for next to nothing(Amazon). I was looking for a point and shoot type of camera with big boy results. Read morePublished 16 months ago by mildred a williams
It does not have a viewfinder. my mistake for not catching that . What is the point of having a camera if you cannot see what you are shooting at in sunlight. Sheath. Read morePublished 16 months ago by lct1119
Excellent camera, amazing quality, and pretty nice heft to it tooPublished 17 months ago by dante colombo