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My review of the Pentax MX-1
, March 14, 2013
This review is from: Pentax MX-1 Silver 12MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD Display (OLD MODEL) (Electronics)
The more time I spend with my MX-1, the more I love it.
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.
I really hope Pentax releases a filter adapter (if possible), a good protector case, and more optional accessories for this camera.
P.S. By the way, I don't know why up to date (March 14th 2013), the MX-1 is not mentioned in Pentax's japanese website! maybe Japan is not the target of this camera??? (Update: On April 9th, MX-1 appeared on the mentioned website)
Update March 24th: Saving files when shooting in RAW is slow and a "Data being recorded" message appears in the screen and the camera freezes until the process finishes. I've made some tests with class 6 and class 10 cards and I've found that the fastest the card the better the writing speed -as one can expect- but even with a very fast card (Sandisk Pro 95mb/s), the message still appears. So that makes me think that the camera's algorithm is the culprit.
Also there is a "Deleting" message that appears every time I delete a photo and it takes like a second to disappear from the screen.
I'm sure a firmware update can change this and make the camera faster.
Update April 20th: 1) The MX-1 is really good for street photography! (I've done some more shots in public parks and the camera reacted fast focusing and taking the shot)
2) In bright sunny days photos have a blue cast that I think is because of the UV rays.
3) Some third-party lens adapters have appeared for the MX-1. Also, a few leather half camera cases are available now.
Update May 6th: I video recorded a full rock concert (stopping after each song) and the battery (previously full charged) drained in a approximately 1 1/2 hours. It wasn't an issue as I took a couple of spare batteries with me. The recording was made in full HD, and the image & sound quality turned out very good.
Update July 4th 2015: My MX-1 is still going on making travel, family, rock concerts and everything in between photos and videos! I dropped it once (from a height of 4 to 5 feet) and felt hard over the LCD screen... I was very worried but it survived safe and sound! :)
The Pentax battery (that came with the camera) is now losing charge faster than before, but surprisingly my spare battery: Wasabi battery (http://amzn.to/1RaM9E9) is still doing very good. I bought them both at the same time.
I'm usually getting compliments for the camera, for it's looks and great images, photo & video. The loud rock concerts are recorded very well without annoying saturation and/or distortion from the bass guitar, etc.
UPDATE September 2015: My experience with this little gem's been so good that I jumped into the Pentax wagon and now I own a K3II DSLR with two Pentax lenses (50mm f/1.8, 10-17mm fisheye) and a Tamron lens (18-200mm).
And by the way, my MX-1 is still producing great images!
UPDATE July 4th 2016: This little buddy is still going on performing like in the first day I got it. It's my walk around camera and have been my companion in my latest trips around my country. Also with the M-X1 I've been making and uploading images to photostock websites and they've been approved.
I would've liked Pentax to released a firmware update to speed up writing and get rid of "Data being processed" message that put the camera on hold for a couple of seconds specially when making RAW photos but apart from that and a couple more features here and there, I'm very pleased with this camera.
UPDATE October 5, 2016: ¡My MX-1 in Machu Picchu, Peru! It felt very hard over a rock on the floor and... survived! Just some marks on the top brass and some scratches and little chips in the LCD screen plastic frame. I'm very impressed by its construction and durability and more than happy to have purchased this little gem more than three years ago. The camera performed very well during my trip. Great!
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