• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 4.0x zoom 28mm - 112mm (35mm equiv.)
  • 2/3 inch 58.1mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 4.0x zoom 28mm - 112mm (35mm equiv.)

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Advantages

Pentax MX-1 over Fujifilm X20

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Fujifilm X20 over Pentax MX-1

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    2/3 inch vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.20 vs 1.90 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs rear LCD only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Slower slow-motion
    250 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo

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.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X10

Pentax MX-1
Fujifilm X10
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
  • $359
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Fujifilm X20
Fujifilm X10
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $359
  • 2/3 inch

Compared to Olympus XZ-2

Pentax MX-1
Olympus XZ-2
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • 60p
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $299
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Less shutter lag
Fujifilm X20
Olympus XZ-2
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon G15

Pentax MX-1
Canon G15
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
  • $434
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Fujifilm X20
Canon G15
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $434
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Canon G16

Pentax MX-1
Canon G16
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bulb shutter
  • $482
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
Fujifilm X20
Canon G16
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $482
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Fujifilm X30

Pentax MX-1
Fujifilm X30
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Integrated ND filter
  • Bulb shutter
  • $599
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Fujifilm X20
Fujifilm X30
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • $599
  • 2/3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
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