• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 4.0x zoom 28mm - 112mm (35mm equiv.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 5.0x zoom 28mm - 140mm (35mm equiv.)

Advantages

Pentax MX-1 over Canon G15

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Less shutter lag
    0.241 vs 0.457 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer shutter
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open by holding the shutter button down
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon G15 over Pentax MX-1

  • Lens zoom ratio
    5.0x vs 4.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs rear LCD only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 7 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)

Review Excerpt

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Solid built and ergonomic, comfortable feel; Excellent f/1.8-2.8 5x optical zoom lens; Improved AF speed; Advanced photographic features, including PASM dial and RAW capture.

  • LCD screen no longer articulated; Optical viewfinder not very accurate and exhibits parallax; No WiFi or GPS.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon P7700

Pentax MX-1
Nikon P7700
  • $419
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less shutter lag
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $497
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • External Mic
Canon G15
Nikon P7700
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • 24p
  • $497
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Olympus XZ-2

Pentax MX-1
Olympus XZ-2
  • $419
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • 60p
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $416
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Less shutter lag
Canon G15
Olympus XZ-2
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $416
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon G16

Pentax MX-1
Canon G16
  • $419
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bulb shutter
  • $494
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
Canon G15
Canon G16
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • 24p
  • $494
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Nikon P7800

Pentax MX-1
Nikon P7800
  • $419
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • High-res screen
  • Bulb shutter
  • $538
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon G15
Nikon P7800
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • High-res screen
  • 24p
  • $538
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Canon N100

Pentax MX-1
Canon N100
  • $419
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots RAW
  • 60p
  • $352
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Touchscreen
Canon G15
Canon N100
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots RAW
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $352
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
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