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Pentax MX-1

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Ephotozine Recommended Good Gear Guide.com.au Editor's Choice PhotographyBlog.com Recommended Pocket Lint Recommended
A multi award winning and fully featured 12.76 megapixel 4 times zoom factor camera
Compact 12.76MP 4x Yes Jan 2013
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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Pentax MX-1 Review

With excellent reviews but mediocre features, we have ranked the Pentax MX-1 number 459 across all digital cameras.
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Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 42?

It has good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 76%, based on 30 reviews.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report is a good size, superior technical features and it is easy to use.
This Pentax digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
1" image sensor size
Has a built-in flash
Only 4000 x 3000 pixels image resolution
Quite low megapixel

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How Big is the Pentax MX-1?

The Pentax MX-1 is 122.5mm wide and 60mm tall. It is 51.5mm deep and weighs 363g.

Pentax MX-1 front dimensions

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Pentax MX-1 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

Amongst cameras, this camera is one of the most highly awarded.

The editors of review websites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Pocket Lint all endorse this Pentax camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from websites Ljudochbild.se, Lydogbilde.no and Lydogbillede.dk all of whom thought that this Pentax digital camera was very good.

Review websites Good Gear Guide.com.au and Log.com.tr both concluded that this digital camera was excellent and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

This camera received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on 30 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and Pocket Lint this camera has an average expert rating of 76 out of 100.

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Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 2,538 expert and owner reviews (including 473 verified purchases) for Pentax cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Pentax has excellent ratings specifically for its cameras. 98% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Eight owners who reviewed it thought it was compact.

  • This handy little camera is packed with features for the advanced photographer, offers better image quality than your everyday compact camera…
  • Buying Guide Best compact camera The premium compact camera market is pretty crowded, so companies are attempting to produce cameras with a unique selling point in order to capture that lucrative customer…
  • The quality of images you can get from a compact camera has skyrocketed…
    Reviewed.com September 2013
  • It has a robust body, complete with a brass top that will add some character to individual units as they age…
  • The majority of camera manufacturers have introduced a new premium compact camera to their ranges…
  • It just doesn't have the excitement or appeal of most of the other premium compact cameras o…
  • The compact digital camera market has catered more…
  • Stepping up in the compact spectrum are cameras that tend to be aimed at photographers who want full photographic control…
  • A compact camera with plenty of features targeted toward enthusiast photographers…
    Cnet.com.au March 2013

Users Report Excellent Technical Features

Two owners agreed that this digital camera had good features.

  • This handy little camera is packed with features for the advanced photographer, offers better image quality than your everyday compact camera…
  • A compact camera with plenty of features targeted toward enthusiast photographers…
    Cnet.com.au March 2013

Users Report it is Easy to Use

Three customers mentioned that it was easy to use.

  • This handy little camera is packed with features for the advanced photographer, offers better image quality than your everyday compact camera…
  • Stepping up in the compact spectrum are cameras that tend to be aimed at photographers who want full photographic control…
  • This is an outstanding camera and a pleasure to use…

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

Three people who purchased the Pentax MX-1 agreed that it was able to produce good images.

  • This handy little camera is packed with features for the advanced photographer, offers better image quality than your everyday compact camera…
  • Some issues with image quality and performance prevent it from living up to its potential…
    Pcmag.com (PC Mag) February 2013
  • The camera offers full manual controls, RAW shooting…
  • While it is capable of producing some good images…
  • Stepping up in the compact spectrum are cameras that tend to be aimed at photographers who want full photographic control…

Features

Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax MX-1 has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most cameras. Most cameras have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. The image resolution of all cameras ranges from 2592 x 1944 pixels (worst) to 7680 x 5120 pixels (best).

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Quite Low Megapixel

With a megapixel of only 12.76 megapixels, the Pentax MX-1 has one of the lower megapixels amongst digital cameras of this age. Across all the cameras the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 80MP.

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1" Image Sensor Size

This camera has a 1|1/1.7" image sensor size, which is typical of many digital cameras.

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Average Weight

The Pentax MX-1 has a fairly average weight (363 grams) compared to most of the other cameras.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the cameras the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 83x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Pentax MX-1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Pentax MX-1 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of digital cameras range from 0.72x to 810x. When compared to other digital cameras that we have assessed, the Pentax MX-1's digital zoom of only 1.95 times zoom factor is one of the smallest.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax MX-1 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras. This camera has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Pentax camera have still image resolution(s) of 3984 x 2656, 2992 x 2992, 3968 x 2232, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 2048, 2304 x 2304, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1728, 2560 x 1440, 2048 x 1536 and 2016 x 1344 and 1536 x 1536. The still image resolution of all cameras ranges from S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664 (worst) to 6016 x 4000 (best).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on cameras.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Pentax MX-1 has an HDMI port. Most of the other cameras also have an HDMI port.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Pentax MX-1 features multi burst mode, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax MX-1 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 112 millimeters, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras is 300mm, and the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 2.3mm to 2,000mm.

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Features Smile Detection

The Pentax MX-1 features smile detection, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax MX-1 features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other cameras.

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Quite Large Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 64 gigabytes, the Pentax MX-1 has a quite large maximum memory card size compared to most of the other cameras. Across all the digital cameras the maximum memory card sizes range from 1GB to 2.1TB.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Pentax MX-1 features contrast adjustment. Most of the other cameras also feature contrast adjustment.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of cameras is 1MB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average internal memory is 420MB. With an internal memory of 75.3 megabytes, the Pentax MX-1 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other cameras.

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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 two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this camera. 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. The worst video resolution of all digital cameras is 320 x 120 pixels and the best is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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Age

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera was released in January 2013.


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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax mx1silver, pentax mx1black, pentax mx1bk
Barcodes 00027075225176, 00027075225183, 00027075225282, 00027075225299, 00115971115964, 00132017668222, 00132017668239, 00163120819379, 00166599415127, 00168141317590, 00182682412972, 01153603065507, 04549212225192, 04549212279751

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