• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28mm - 112mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • 28mm - 200mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Pentax MX-1 advantages over Nikon P7800

  • Less shutter lag
    0.24 vs 0.42 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 230k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • 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 advantages over Pentax MX-1

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • More lens zoom
    7.1x vs 4.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Longer battery life
    More info 350 vs 290 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.5 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Both provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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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.

  • Excellent image quality for a 1/1.7" sensor; Versatile 28-200mm eq. lens with fast f/2-4 max aperture; Built-in EVF; Fully articulating LCD; Generous set of physical controls; Built-in flash with wireless support; Standard dedicated hot shoe; Full HD and slo-mo movies.

  • Slow cycle times and buffer clearing with RAW files; Shallow burst mode buffer; Mediocre autofocus speed and shutter lag; Sluggish UI at times; Slow to switch to movie mode; Optical zoom not supported during movie recording when using manual exposure modes; No built-in Wi-Fi.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon P7700

Pentax MX-1
Nikon P7700
  • $448
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less shutter lag
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $349
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More lens zoom
Nikon P7800
Nikon P7700
  • $504
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Newer
  • $349
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Higher-res screen

Compared to Olympus XZ-2

Pentax MX-1
Olympus XZ-2
  • $448
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $259
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Less shutter lag
Nikon P7800
Olympus XZ-2
  • $504
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More lens zoom
  • $259
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon G15

Pentax MX-1
Canon G15
  • $448
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon P7800
Canon G15
  • $504
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More lens zoom
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer battery life

Compared to Fujifilm X20

Pentax MX-1
Fujifilm X20
  • $448
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More dots on screen
  • $491
  • 2/3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Focus peaking
Nikon P7800
Fujifilm X20
  • $504
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More lens zoom
  • $491
  • 2/3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Canon G16

Pentax MX-1
Canon G16
  • $448
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $387
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion
Nikon P7800
Canon G16
  • $504
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More lens zoom
  • $387
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive
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