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Pentax MX-1 Digital Camera

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12.76MP 4x CMOS Jan 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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29 Reasons For

Pentax Has Excellent Camera Reviews

Pentax has excellent average reviews across all digital cameras, however it has poor reviews specifically within its compact cameras range.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Pentax MX-1 reviewers said in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Dp Review mentioned four years ago “Excellent image quality at low ISOs”. One customer who reviewed the product concluded that it was good in low light. Dpreview.com mentioned four years ago “Good low-light performance” in their review.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good ISO range. One Pentax MX-1 owner who bought the product reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Dp Review wrote in their Pentax MX-1 review “Manual and semiautomatic shooting modes complement full auto options” .

One Pentax MX-1 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product had a good image sensor.

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Good Quality Lens

Three people who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good lens. Dp Review wrote in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Excellent lens and sensor”. Dp Review also said “Very sharp lens”.

A number of customers said in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Good shutter lag and autofocus performance” in their review of this digital camera. Dp Review also wrote “Fast autofocus for stills”. Dp Review also wrote “Very fast autofocus”.

A few Pentax MX-1 reviewers concluded that the Pentax MX-1 had a good zoom. Dp Review wrote “Convenient zoom range” in their Pentax MX-1 review.

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Good Product Quality

Several customers concluded that it was good quality. Four years ago Dp Review mentioned “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 said “Good image and video quality”. Dp Review also mentioned “Excellent build quality”.

Nice Design

Two Pentax MX-1 owners reckoned that it was a good design. Four years ago Dp Review said on DP Review “Excellent design, look and feel”. Dp Review also said “Wonderful design and ergonomics”. One person who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was well designed. Dp Review mentioned “Front of camera is nicely designed” in their Pentax MX-1 review.

One customer who bought the Pentax MX-1 considered that it was good looking.

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Robust

Four Pentax MX-1 owners who reviewed it wrote that it was well made. Dp Review mentioned “Solid kvalitet”. One customer mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax MX-1 was strong and durable.

Good Size

Several people who bought it reckoned that it was compact. Dpreview.com said in their review of this digital camera on DP Review four years ago “Stepping up in the compact spectrum are cameras that tend to be aimed at photographers who want full photographic control”. Dp Review wrote on DP Review in the same month “Weight are towards the large end of the compact digital spectrum”. Dp Review also mentioned “Compact and generally easy to hold”.

Two Pentax MX-1 owners who bought the product agreed that it was good structurally. Dp Review mentioned “Sturdy construction” in their review. Dp Review also mentioned “Gorgeous design with brass construction”.

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Easy to Use

A number of Pentax MX-1 owners concluded that it was easy to use. Dp Review mentioned “Excellent control layout”. One Pentax MX-1 reviewer concluded that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold.

Good Battery Life

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

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Pentax MX-1 reviewer concluded that the Pentax MX-1 had a good screen. Dp Review wrote in their Pentax MX-1 review on DP Review “Highquality tilt screen”.

Good Video Capture

Several Pentax MX-1 owners who reviewed the Pentax MX-1 mentioned that it was good for video recording.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10 ($344.71), and the Canon SX280 HS is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-H400 ($226.97) (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).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax MX-1 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the MX-1.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10 ($344.71), or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo ($597.00).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the MX-1, the Pentax MX-1 has a built-in flash.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the GE A1455.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax MX-1 is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This Pentax digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by cameras of a comparable type and age to the MX-1. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this camera.

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Fairly Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The Pentax MX-1 has one of the larger maximum memory card sizes (64 gigabytes) amongst compact cameras of this age. The smallest maximum memory card size of digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 1GB and the largest is 130GB.

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Has Eight White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Pentax MX-1 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Pentax MX-1 is more than most cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Pentax camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the MX-1. The photo effectss "Negative film" and "Sepia" are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Quite Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At 30 seconds, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly long slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the MX-1. Compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 0.12s and 250s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 14s.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 75.3 megabytes, the Pentax MX-1 has one of the bigger internal memorys amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The smallest internal memory of digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the MX-1 is 6.9MB and the biggest is 8.2GB.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

At 12,800, the Pentax MX-1 has a quite high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the MX-1. Compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 3 and 26,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,800.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Pentax MX-1 has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. Most compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Pentax digital camera also have still image resolution(s)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. Across all cameras of this spec and age the best still image resolution is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

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 resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras that came out around the same time as the MX-1.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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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 of this spec and age. The display resolution (numeric)s of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the MX-1 range from 230 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

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

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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 a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution amongst all compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the MX-1.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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290 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the MX-1 take between 110 and 949 battery life (CIPA standard)s, including the Pentax MX-1 which takes 290 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Pentax MX-1 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera features a Face detection auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the MX-1. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Multi Point Auto Focus", "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Pentax camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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15 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One Pentax MX-1 reviewer thought the Pentax MX-1 did not have good technical guidance. Four years ago Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Chunky build, no manual lens ring, no hotshoe for viewfinder, images can look washed out”.

Quite Small Digital Zoom

When compared to other digital cameras of this spec and age that we have assessed the digital zoom of, the Pentax MX-1's digital zoom of only 1.95 times zoom factor is one of the smallest. The smallest digital zoom of similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1x and the biggest is 810x.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Coolpix P510 ($449.00) (2x), or the Coolpix P330 (2x) both from Nikon or the Samsung WB50F ($183.99) (2x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Pentax MX-1 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst compact cameras of this age. Similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the MX-1 have optical zooms of between 3x and 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x optical zoom digital cameras currently available including the Fujifilm X10 ($344.71), or the Canon PowerShot ELPH 115 HS which has better reviews.

If this compact camera digital camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix P310 ($499.00) (4.2x), or the Panasonic DMC-TS5 ($249.00) (4.6x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Pentax MX-1 does not support video capability. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the MX-1 also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most cameras of a similar age and spec to the MX-1 do not support Full HD video. The Pentax MX-1 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10 ($344.71), or the Nikon Coolpix P330.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax MX-1 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a wi-Fi and we think the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110, or the SAMSUNG WB150F both from Samsung which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the MX-1, the Pentax MX-1 is not 3D.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 ($375.99), or the Nikon Coolpix P330 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Pentax MX-1 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Nikon Coolpix P330, the Canon IXUS 140, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41 which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of this age and spec, the Pentax MX-1 is not waterproof.

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Heavy

The Pentax MX-1 is quite heavy (363 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. Across all the compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the MX-1 the weights range from 20g to 840g, and the average weight is 170g.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The Pentax MX-1 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of this type and age. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of this spec and age. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on", "Red-eye reduction", "Second curtain synchro" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Pentax MX-1 is more than most digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MX-1. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF 1.1" are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the MX-1 the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 1,000mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 112 millimeters, the Pentax MX-1 has one of the shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 100, the Pentax MX-1 has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst cameras of this age. Comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the MX-1 have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 10 and 200.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 28 millimeters, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. Across all the compact cameras that were released more than two years ago the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 5mm to 39mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Pentax MX-1

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera was released over four years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago.

If you want a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Samsung SAMSUNG MV900F ($165.99) (3.3"), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Pentax MX-1 has a better sensor type than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a CCD sensor type.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 12.76 megapixels, the Pentax MX-1 has a pretty typical megapixel compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the MX-1.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel that might also be worth considering include the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo ($597.00) (14MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
System Requirements
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

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…

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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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