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Pentax MX-1
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Pentax MX-1 Digital Camera

12.76MP 4x CMOS Jan 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Large-aperture, 4X Optical Zoom Lens Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor The MX-1 incorporates a newly designed back-illuminated CMOS image sensor. With a top sensitivity of ISO 12,800 and... More
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31 Reasons For

Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We looked at average ratings for each camera manufacturer and found that whilst Pentax has excellent average ratings across all digital cameras, Pentax has poor ratings specifically for its compact camera digital cameras.

Good Quality Pictures

Some people mentioned in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Dp Review said three years ago “Excellent image quality at low ISOs” in their Pentax MX-1 review. One person reckoned that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Excellent lens and sensor” in their review of this digital camera.

One Pentax MX-1 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution. Dp Review mentioned three years ago “Manual and semiautomatic shooting modes complement full auto options”. One Pentax MX-1 reviewer mentioned that this digital camera had a good ISO range. Three years ago Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Good ISO performance” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer who bought the product concluded that it was good in low light.

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Good Quality Lens

A few Pentax MX-1 reviewers thought this digital camera had a good lens. Three years ago Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Very sharp lens”.

Several people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Dp Review wrote in their Pentax MX-1 review on DP Review “Good shutter lag and autofocus performance”. Dp Review also said “Fast autofocus for stills”. Dp Review also wrote “Very fast autofocus”.

Two Pentax MX-1 owners who purchased the product concluded that it had a good zoom. Dp Review said in their Pentax MX-1 review on DP Review three years ago “Convenient zoom range”.

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Good Product Quality

Some Pentax MX-1 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was good quality. Dp Review said on DP Review “Great battery life, wide aperture lens throughout zoom, builtin ND filter, responsive in use, decent macro mode, good image quality, solid build quality”. Dp Review also wrote “Good image and video quality”. Dp Review also said “Excellent build quality”.

Nice Design

Some Pentax MX-1 reviewers wrote that it was a good design. Dp Review mentioned three years ago “Excellent design, look and feel” in their review. Dp Review also wrote “Wonderful design and ergonomics”. One Pentax MX-1 owner considered that it was good looking. Dp Review said “Gorgeous design with brass construction” in their review.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera said that it was well designed. Dp Review mentioned “Front of camera is nicely designed” in their review of this digital camera.

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Robust

Some Pentax MX-1 reviewers who reviewed it said that it was well made. Dp Review said on DP Review “Solid kvalitet”. One person who bought it concluded that it was strong and durable. Dp Review wrote “Sturdy construction” in their Pentax MX-1 review.

Good Size

Several Pentax MX-1 owners who reviewed this digital camera said that it was compact. Dp Review said on DP Review “Weight are towards the large end of the compact digital spectrum”. Dp Review also wrote “Wegschrijven rawbestanden traag, geen elektronische zoeker, stevige prijs voor compact”.

Some Pentax MX-1 owners who purchased it reckoned that it was good structurally.

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Easy to Use

Some Pentax MX-1 reviewers considered that the Pentax MX-1 was easy to use. Expert review site Dpreview.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Stepping up in the compact spectrum are cameras that tend to be aimed at photographers who want full photographic control”. Dp Review said “Excellent control layout” in their review of the Pentax MX-1.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Dp Review mentioned “Compact and generally easy to hold” in their Pentax MX-1 review.

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Good Battery Life

One Pentax MX-1 owner who bought it concluded that it had a good battery life.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who reviewed it thought it had a good screen. Dp Review mentioned “Highquality tilt screen”.

Good Video Capture

A few people who purchased it wrote that it was good for video recording.

Fairly Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1", the largest is 4.8", and the average screen size is 2.8". With a screen size of 3 inches, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the MX-1.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the PowerShot SX270 HS ($237.64), or the PowerShot ELPH 115 HS both from Canon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90.

If this camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix P520 (3.2" and higher rated), or the Samsung MV900F ($165.99) (3.3" and higher rated).

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10, and the Nikon Coolpix S6800 ($65.00) is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this compact camera camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Sony DSC-WX350 ($267.99) (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pentax MX-1 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and spec which do not support Full HD video.

Alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10, or the Nikon Coolpix S9500.

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1/1.7"" Optical Sensor Size

The Pentax MX-1 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/1.7"". That's 35% more optical sensor size than a 1/2.3"" camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 7.60 x 5.70mm. Across all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the MX-1 the best optical sensor size is 2/3"" and the worst is 1/2.5"".

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Pentax MX-1 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax MX-1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the MX-1 also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Pentax MX-1 has a greater number of supported image formats than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Pentax digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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Quite Large Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly large maximum memory card size compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. Digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the MX-1 have maximum memory card sizes of between 1GB and 130GB.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Pentax MX-1 is more than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the MX-1. The photo effects "Negative film" and "Sepia" are also found on this digital camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

With a maximum camera shutter speed of 30 seconds, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly long maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The shortest maximum camera shutter speed of comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the MX-1 is 0.0005s and the longest is 250s.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

The lowest maximum ISO speed of digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the MX-1 is 200 and the highest is 26,000. The Pentax MX-1 has a quite high maximum ISO speed (12,800) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the MX-1.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

At 75.3 megabytes, the Pentax MX-1 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the MX-1. Across all the similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago the internal memory range from 1MB to 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 330MB.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax MX-1 has a higher still image resolution than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Pentax digital camera has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution, whereas most cameras of this type and age have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This camera also have still image resolutions of 1536 x 1536, 2016 x 1344, 2048 x 1536, 2304 x 2304, 2560 x 1440, 2592 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2992 x 2992, 3072 x 1728, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 2304 and 3968 x 2232 and 3984 x 2656. The best still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Pentax MX-1 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all cameras that were launched around the same time as the MX-1.

The worst video resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The Pentax MX-1 has one of the higher display resolutions (920,000 pixels) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The display resolutions of digital cameras of this type and age range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax MX-1 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. In addition, this camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the MX-1.

Across comparable types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Pentax MX-1 is more than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on cameras of this spec and age. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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290 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Pentax MX-1 is a camera that takes 290 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the MX-1 take between 30 and 869 shots per battery charge.

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Features Three Light Metering Modes

The Pentax MX-1 has a greater number of light metering modes than most compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Pentax camera features a Centre-weighted light metering mode, which is the most frequently featured light metering mode featured on digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MX-1. The light metering modes "Evaluative (Multi-pattern)" and "Spot" are also featured on this camera.

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Features Four Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Pentax MX-1 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This digital camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the MX-1. The auto focus "Multi Point Auto Focus", "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Pentax digital camera.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One Pentax MX-1 reviewer who reviewed the product said that it did not have good technical guidance. Dp Review mentioned in their review “Chunky build, no manual lens ring, no hotshoe for viewfinder, images can look washed out”.

Quite Small Digital Zoom

When compared to other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the MX-1 that we have checked, the Pentax MX-1's digital zoom of only 1.95 times zoom factor is one of the smallest. The average digital zoom of cameras of a comparable spec and age to the MX-1 is 12x.

If this digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Coolpix P330 (2x), the Coolpix P520 (2x), or the Coolpix P310 ($499.00) (2x) all from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the digital cameras of this age and type the optical zooms range from 2.7x to 63x. The Pentax MX-1 has a fairly small optical zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the MX-1.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10.

If you want a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Nikon Coolpix P310 ($499.00) (4.2x and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 ($249.00) (4.6x and higher rated).

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Pentax MX-1 does not support video recording. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec do support video recording.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a video recording and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10, or the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the MX-1, the Pentax MX-1 does not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to look at including the Canon IXUS 240 HS, or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110 ($29.99) which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec, the Pentax MX-1 is not 3D compatible.

If you want a camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($375.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the MX-1, the Pentax MX-1 does not have a GPS.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to consider including the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 ($399.99), the Canon IXUS 140, or the Sony DSC-HX400V ($448.00).

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Not Waterproof

The Pentax MX-1 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of this age and type are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

With a weight of 363 grams, the Pentax MX-1 is one of the heavier compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the MX-1 amongst digital cameras of this age. The average weight of cameras of a comparable age and type to the MX-1 is 170g.

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Pentax MX-1 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the MX-1. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on", "Red-eye reduction", "Second curtain synchro" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Pentax digital camera.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The maximum focal lengths of comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the MX-1 range from 0.28mm to 1,800mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm. The Pentax MX-1 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (only 112 millimeters) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Thick

At 51.5 millimeters, the Pentax MX-1 is quite thick compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the MX-1. Similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the MX-1 have depths of between 4mm and 2,200mm.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Pentax MX-1

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this compact camera camera was released.

MOS Sensor Type

The Pentax MX-1 has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most cameras of this type and age.

Other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might also want to look at include the Fujifilm FinePix X10, or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400 which has better reviews.

If the sensor type of this compact camera camera is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix L27 (CCD).

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 12.76 megapixels, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly standard megapixel count compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the MX-1.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the Olympus VH-520 (14MP and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Focus Point
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Smile Detection
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Shot Per Battery Charge
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port

Expert Reviews

25 November 2013

Stepping up in the compact spectrum are cameras that tend to be aimed at photographers who want full photographic control. Good low-light performance, the ability to shoot Raw, and accessible... Read more…

Excellent monitor
Build quality
Retro styling
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7 January 2013

Pentax has announced the arrivals of the MX-1, a camera aimed towards enthusiast photographers.The MX-1 features a newly designed 1/1.7" 12MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor with a top sensitivity of... Read more…

15 January 2014

MX-1 är en tung sak eftersom den är utförd i samma mässing som på 1960-talet. När den så småningom blir sliten kommer den alltså att likna dåtidens kultkameror. MX från 1976 var en av... Read more…

13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

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