Basic Specifications
Full model name: Pentax MX-1
Resolution: 12.00 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/1.7 inch
(7.6mm x 5.7mm)
Kit Lens: 4.00x zoom
(28-112mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 12,800
Extended ISO: 100 - 12,800
Shutter: 1/8000 - 30 seconds
Max Aperture: 1.8
Dimensions: 4.8 x 2.4 x 2.0 in.
(122 x 61 x 51 mm)
Weight: 14.1 oz (399 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 02/2013
Manufacturer: Pentax
Full specs: Pentax MX-1 specifications
12.00
Megapixels
4.00x zoom 1/1.7 inch
size sensor
image of Pentax MX-1
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MX-1 Summary

Boasting top-notch build quality and retro-styled design, the Pentax MX-1 enthusiast compact combines timeless styling with modern niceties such as a tilting LCD screen, fast 4x optical zoom lens, RAW still image capture and Full HD movie recording. Though the 1/1.7-inch imaging sensor might not produce photos that rival those from larger sensor cameras, the image quality from the MX-1 -- especially at lower ISOs -- remains quite pleasing. The Pentax MX-1 is definitely worth a look as a compact backup for serious photographers, or a serious step-up for advanced beginners.

Pros

Good image quality for a compact camera in its class; Sharp, bright f/1.8-2.5 lens with 4x optical zoom; Cool retro-styled design with brass top and bottom plates; Tilting LCD; Exposure compensation dial; Speedy and accurate autofocus; Full HD video recording.

Cons

Image detail starts dropping off noticeably above ISO 800, and noise becomes problematic at ISO 3200 and beyond; Sluggish cycle times and burst performance; Issues with purple fringing in some shooting scenarios; Heavier and larger than other cameras in its class.

Price and availability

The Pentax MX-1 began shipping in the U.S. in February 2013 in black or two-toned silver-and-black, for a suggested retail price of US$500, however it is now readily available for a street price of US$400 or less.

Imaging Resource rating

3.5 out of 5.0

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