• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 4.0x zoom 28mm - 112mm (35mm equiv.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • 7.1x zoom 28mm - 200mm (35mm equiv.)

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Advantages

Pentax MX-1 over Nikon P7800

  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 230k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon P7800 over Pentax MX-1

  • Lens zoom ratio
    7.1x 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
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    13 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

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 Nikon P7700

Pentax MX-1
Nikon P7700
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less shutter lag
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • External Mic
Nikon P7800
Nikon P7700
  • $531
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Newer
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Higher-res screen

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
Nikon P7800
Olympus XZ-2
  • $531
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $299
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher-res screen

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
Nikon P7800
Canon G15
  • $531
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $434
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Higher-res screen
  • 24p

Compared to Fujifilm X20

Pentax MX-1
Fujifilm X20
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More dots on screen
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Nikon P7800
Fujifilm X20
  • $531
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $499
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon G16

Pentax MX-1
Canon G16
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bulb shutter
  • $499
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
Nikon P7800
Canon G16
  • $531
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $499
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi
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