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Pentax MX1BK Digital Camera

$593.40
$330.00 $263.40 cheaper than 47 days ago
Compact Camera 12.76MP 4x Jan 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Four industry awards
No optional viewfinder
Unacceptable noise level
22 Reviews + 4 Awards
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Reviews

Four Industry Awards

The experts at two expert review sites both concluded that they would endorse this Pentax camera. This camera received a "Recommended" award from both Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com.

The editors of two additional expert review sites endorsed this Pentax digital camera. The expert at website Good Gear Guide.com.au wrote that this camera was exceptional and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and it received an "Especially Recommended 5 Star" award from review site Lydogbilde.no, confirming their endorsement.

Expert Reviews Are Average

This camera has an average expert rating of 70% based on twelve expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and Digital Versus.

Excellent Brand

We checked 2,026 owner and expert reviews (including 37 verified purchases) for Pentax cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent reviews. We also found that Pentax has excellent reviews specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 100% of those that bought a Pentax camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Pentax MX-1 has a battery charger included. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Pentax MX-1 has a batteries included, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Lens System

Quite Small Digital Zoom

When compared to other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have checked the digital zoom of, the Pentax MX-1's digital zoom of only 1.95 times zoom factor is one of the smallest. Low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera have digital zooms of between 0.71x and 14x, and the average digital zoom is 4.1x.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 4.5mm to 38mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. The Pentax MX-1 has one of the longer minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (28 millimeters) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Pentax MX-1 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Fast Lens

Six customers who reviewed the product considered that it had a good lens. Digital Versus wrote four years ago “Impeccable lens” but even so they only rated it 1 stars. Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned “Excellent lens and sensor” however despite that they scored it 18.8 out of 100. Expert website Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned “Pentax’s premium compact is an excellent example of an enthusiast-focused digital camera -- it’s incredibly well-built, has a good sensor and lens combo”.

Five people who reviewed the product considered that it had a good autofocus. Digital Versus wrote “Very fast autofocus” although they only gave the product a rating of 17.6 out of 100. Dp Review wrote “Fast autofocus for stills” in their review of this digital camera. Dp Review also mentioned “Autofocus trs ractif” in their review.

Five people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Four years ago Dp Review said “4x optische zoom, sensor beeldstabilisatie, ingebouwde flitser, raw” however despite that they rated the product 1 stars. Techradar mentioned “Zoom stabilis optiquement”. Dp Review also mentioned “Convenient zoom range” in their review.

Two people who reviewed it mentioned that it had a good image stabiliser. Techradar wrote in their review of the Pentax MX-1 “Effective image stabilisation”.

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Image Stabilizer

Seventeen people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was able to produce good images. Eleven years ago Techradar mentioned “Bon piqu en photo” however despite that they only gave it a score of 18.8 out of 100. Dp Review wrote “JPEG pictures are good” . Dp Review also wrote “Good image and video quality” in their review.

Six customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Gute bis sehr gute Bildqualitt fr eine Kompaktkamera (bis ISO 800”. Techradar mentioned “Better than average detail retention at higher ISOs”. Techradar also said “Usable (at a pinch) ISO 800 Candlelight mode” in their review.

Six customers who reviewed it agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Techradar said in their review of this digital camera “Excellent resolution, natural accurate color, subtle processing” nonetheless they scored this digital camera 18.8 out of 100. Techradar also wrote “Excellent high resolution monitor” in their review. Pc Mag said in their Pentax MX-1 review on PC Mag “Raw shooting support”.

Three owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good image sensor. One owner considered that this digital camera was good in low light. Expert review site Dpreview.com mentioned “Good low-light performance” and gave it a rating of 6 stars.

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No Optional Viewfinder

Three people who bought this digital camera mentioned that it did not have a good viewfinder. Dp Review mentioned in their Pentax MX-1 review “Chunky build, no manual lens ring, no hotshoe for viewfinder, images can look washed out”. Dp Review also wrote “No optional viewfinder” in their review. Techradar said “Screen impossible to see in bright light, no optical viewfinder”.

One customer concluded that this digital camera did not have a good screen. Dp Review said on DP Review “Excessive duplication of settings between info screen and menus” in their Pentax MX-1 review. One owner wrote in their reviews that it did not have an electronic viewfinder. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this digital camera “No hot shoe or EVF option”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was not mirrorless. Good Gear Guide.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “Size rivals mirrorless competitors”.

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Underpowered Flash

Two owners who purchased the product mentioned that it did not have a good flash. Techradar mentioned “Slow flash recycling”. Techradar also mentioned “Underpowered Flash” in their review.


Design

Build Quality

Eleven customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Eleven years ago Techradar mentioned “Excellent all-metal construction” however they only gave it a rating of 1 stars. Dp Review said on DP Review four years ago “Sturdy construction” in their review of this digital camera. Techradar also said “Sleek and solid form factor is great for travel Discreetly integrated connector covers Large 2.5-inch LCD with plenty of resolution 232 000 pixels) Produced accurate skin tones Shake Reduction System” in their review.

One owner who reviewed the Pentax MX-1 wrote that it was reliable. Techradar mentioned “Reliable white balance”.

One owner said in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Expert review site Photographybay.com scored the product 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Pentax MX-1 “It has a robust body, complete with a brass top that will add some character to individual units as they age”.

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Low Noise At Low ISO Settings

Four owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Digital Versus mentioned “Loads of settings, comprehensive menu”. Four years ago Dp Review said in their Pentax MX-1 review on DP Review “Solidna, czciowo metalowa obudowa, klasyczny i elegancki wygld, wygodne w obsudze menu funkcyjne, jasny obiektyw o uytecznym zakresie ogniskowych, znikome winietowanie w caym zakresie ogniskowych, nie” however despite that they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Techradar said “Low noise at low ISO settings” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they scored it 18.8 out of 100.

Four people who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was easy to use. Dp Review wrote in their review of this digital camera “Front and rear remote control ports” but they scored it 14 out of 100. Four years ago Pc Mag wrote “Excellent control layout”. Dpreview.com mentioned “Stepping up in the compact spectrum are cameras that tend to be aimed at photographers who want full photographic control” and gave it a score of 79.643646990341 out of 100.

One person who purchased it concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

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Design "de Face" Attachant

Eight people considered that the Pentax MX-1 was well designed. Digital Versus said four years ago “Front of camera is nicely designed” in their review of this digital camera. Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned “Wonderful design and ergonomics”. Dp Review said in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Design "de face" attachant”.

Three people wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. Expert website Pcmag.com mentioned “The Pentax MX-1 is a beautifully designed camera.”. Expert website Techradar.com wrote “The stylish Optio A10 is the current flagship model in the compact line-up” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was retro. Dp Review wrote “Retro styling” nonetheless they only rated it 1 stars. One person who reviewed it wrote that it was neat. Eleven years ago Techradar wrote “Lots of neat details”.

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Build Quality

Eleven people mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. Dp Review wrote in their review of this digital camera “Build quality” nonetheless they scored the product 14 out of 100. Dp Review also wrote “Excellent image quality at low ISOs” in their review. Dp Review also said “Image quality is superb, with one caveat - there is a noticeable difference in fine detail” in their review.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact and Generally Easy to Hold

Seventeen people agreed that it was compact. Dp Review said four years ago “Compact and generally easy to hold” in their review of the Pentax MX-1. Expert website Pentaxforums.com mentioned also four years ago “This handy little camera is packed with features for the advanced photographer, offers better image quality than your everyday compact camera”. Pentaxforums.com also said “Overall we are pleased with the Pentax MX-1.  It's a good alternative to the Pentax Q for enthusiasts who are looking for a compact backup camera from Pentax” in their review.

Five people who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was good structurally. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Gorgeous design with brass construction” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Shutterbug.com mentioned “It was solidly built featuring all-mechanical construction, including the shutter” nonetheless they scored the product 3 stars.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was a good body shape.

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Heavy

The average weight of cameras of this spec and age is 260g. With a weight of 363 grams, the Pentax MX-1 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Light Exposure

Supports Nine ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax MX-1 is more than most low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This digital camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of this age and type. The ISO sensitivities "100", "200", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400", "12800" and "Auto" are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Memory

Fairly Large Maximum Memory Card Size

Across all the low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the maximum memory card sizes range from 1GB to 64GB. With a maximum memory card size of 64 gigabytes, the Pentax MX-1 has one of the larger maximum memory card sizes amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The average internal memory of low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera is 300MB. The Pentax MX-1 has a fairly big internal memory (75.3 megabytes) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Pentax MX-1 features voice recording. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax MX-1 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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ISO Noise

Seven people reckoned that the product was noisy. Dp Review wrote “No noise reduction settings”. Dp Review also mentioned “ISO noise” in their review. Dp Review also mentioned “Noise starts to affect detail” in their review.

Unacceptable Noise Level

Seven people reckoned that the product was noisy. Dp Review wrote “No noise reduction settings”. Dp Review also mentioned “ISO noise” in their review. Dp Review also mentioned “Noise starts to affect detail” in their review.


Features

Good Technical Features

One owner who reviewed the product considered that it had good features.


Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Pentax MX-1 features smile detection, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Camera

Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax MX-1 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Pentax MX-1 features multi burst mode. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also feature multi burst mode.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Pentax MX-1 features contrast adjustment. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera also feature contrast adjustment.

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Support

Manual Focus Capability

Four owners who reviewed the product concluded that it had good technical guidance. Dp Review wrote on DP Review four years ago “Manual and semiautomatic shooting modes complement full auto options” in their review of this digital camera yet they only scored this digital camera 14 out of 100. Dp Review also mentioned “Manual focus capability” in their review. Ephotozine.com said “The camera offers full manual controls, RAW shooting” .


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax MX-1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Pentax MX-1 has an HDMI port. Most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Pentax MX-1 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax MX-1 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax MX-1 has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of this age and type. In addition, this Pentax digital camera have still image resolution(s) 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 still image resolution of all cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4032 x 3024 (best).

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is typical of many low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The Pentax MX-1 has a quite large display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. Across all the low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera the display diagonals range from 1" to 3.5", and the average display diagonal is 2.6".

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 920,000 pixels, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years. Similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have display resolutions (numeric) of between 640 pixels and 1,100,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 420,000 pixels.

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Power

Good Battery Life

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


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Pentax MX-1 supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also support video recording.

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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 a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera. In addition, this camera supports a video resolutions 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 this type and age.

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

Pentax released the MX-1 in April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027075225176, 00027075225282, 01153603065507, 04549212225192

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