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Pentax MX-1 Digital Camera

12.76MP 4x CMOS Jan 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Large-aperture, 4X Optical Zoom Lens Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor The MX-1 incorporates a newly designed back-illuminated CMOS image sensor. With a top sensitivity of ISO 12,800 and... More
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29 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

We checked 1,235 expert and user reviews for Pentax cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers. However we also found that Pentax has poor reviews specifically for its compact cameras.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Pentax MX-1 reviewers said in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Dp Review mentioned four years ago “Excellent image quality at low ISOs”. One customer who reviewed the product concluded that it was good in low light. Dpreview.com mentioned four years ago “Good low-light performance” in their review.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good ISO range. One Pentax MX-1 owner who bought the product reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Dp Review wrote in their Pentax MX-1 review “Manual and semiautomatic shooting modes complement full auto options” .

One Pentax MX-1 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product had a good image sensor.

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Good Quality Lens

Three people who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good lens. Dp Review wrote in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Excellent lens and sensor”. Dp Review also said “Very sharp lens”.

A number of customers said in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Good shutter lag and autofocus performance” in their review of this digital camera. Dp Review also wrote “Fast autofocus for stills”. Dp Review also wrote “Very fast autofocus”.

A few Pentax MX-1 reviewers concluded that the Pentax MX-1 had a good zoom. Dp Review wrote “Convenient zoom range” in their Pentax MX-1 review.

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Good Product Quality

Several customers concluded that it was good quality. Four years ago Dp Review mentioned “Great battery life, wide aperture lens throughout zoom, builtin ND filter, responsive in use, decent macro mode, good image quality, solid build quality”. Dp Review also said “Good image and video quality”. Dp Review also mentioned “Excellent build quality”.

Nice Design

Two Pentax MX-1 owners reckoned that it was a good design. Four years ago Dp Review said on DP Review “Excellent design, look and feel”. Dp Review also said “Wonderful design and ergonomics”. One person who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was well designed. Dp Review mentioned “Front of camera is nicely designed” in their Pentax MX-1 review.

One customer who bought the Pentax MX-1 considered that it was good looking.

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Robust

Four Pentax MX-1 owners who reviewed it wrote that it was well made. Dp Review mentioned “Solid kvalitet”. One customer mentioned in their reviews that the Pentax MX-1 was strong and durable.

Good Size

Several people who bought it reckoned that it was compact. Dpreview.com said in their review of this digital camera on DP Review four years ago “Stepping up in the compact spectrum are cameras that tend to be aimed at photographers who want full photographic control”. Dp Review wrote on DP Review in the same month “Weight are towards the large end of the compact digital spectrum”. Dp Review also mentioned “Compact and generally easy to hold”.

Two Pentax MX-1 owners who bought the product agreed that it was good structurally. Dp Review mentioned “Sturdy construction” in their review. Dp Review also mentioned “Gorgeous design with brass construction”.

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Easy to Use

A number of Pentax MX-1 owners concluded that it was easy to use. Dp Review mentioned “Excellent control layout”. One Pentax MX-1 reviewer concluded that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold.

Good Battery Life

One person who purchased the Pentax MX-1 concluded that it had a good battery life.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Pentax MX-1 reviewer concluded that the Pentax MX-1 had a good screen. Dp Review wrote in their Pentax MX-1 review on DP Review “Highquality tilt screen”.

Good Video Capture

Several Pentax MX-1 owners who reviewed the Pentax MX-1 mentioned that it was good for video recording.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Panasonic DMC-TZ55[plb_2145740_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax MX-1 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the MX-1.

Other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the MX-1, the Pentax MX-1 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], or the Olympus Stylus SH-60[plb_2273504_price].

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Pentax MX-1 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the MX-1. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Quite Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The Pentax MX-1 has one of the larger maximum memory card sizes (64 gigabytes) amongst compact cameras of this age. Compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the MX-1 have maximum memory card sizes of between 1GB and 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 29GB.

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Has Eight White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Pentax MX-1 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on digital cameras that are a similar age to the MX-1. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The Pentax MX-1 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Pentax camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The photo effectss "Negative film" and "Sepia" are also found on this camera.

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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The average slowest camera shutter speed of compact cameras that came out around the same time as the MX-1 is 15s. With a slowest camera shutter speed of 30 seconds, the Pentax MX-1 has a quite long slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the MX-1 is 6.9MB, the biggest is 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 290MB. At 75.3 megabytes, the Pentax MX-1 has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

Digital cameras of a similar type and age to the MX-1 have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 3 and 26,000. When compared to other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the MX-1 that we have assessed, the ISO sensitivity (max) of the Pentax MX-1 of 12,800 is one of the highest.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Pentax MX-1 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 1536 x 1536, 2016 x 1344, 2048 x 1536, 2304 x 2304, 2560 x 1440, 2592 x 1728, 2592 x 1944, 2992 x 2992, 3072 x 1728, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 2304 and 3968 x 2232 and 3984 x 2656. The worst still image resolution of all comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the MX-1 is 384 x 480 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Pentax MX-1 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all compact cameras that came out around the same time as the MX-1.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 920,000 pixels, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1 pixels and the highest is 16,000,000 pixels.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Pentax MX-1 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on digital cameras of this age and type. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Pentax MX-1 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution across all cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the MX-1.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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290 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Pentax MX-1 is a camera that takes 290 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Pentax MX-1 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras that came out around the same time as it. This digital camera features a Face detection auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on digital cameras of this spec and age. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Multi Point Auto Focus", "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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15 Reasons Against

Poor Support

One Pentax MX-1 reviewer thought the Pentax MX-1 did not have good technical guidance. Four years ago Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Chunky build, no manual lens ring, no hotshoe for viewfinder, images can look washed out”.

Quite Small Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of digital cameras of this spec and age range from 1x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 10x. The Pentax MX-1 has a very small digital zoom (only 1.95 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the MX-1.

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth considering include the Olympus XZ-10[plb_1873249_price] (2x).

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the MX-1 range from 0.17x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the MX-1.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x optical zoom digital cameras and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Panasonic DMC-TS5[plb_1900903_price] (4.6x), or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

The Pentax MX-1 does not support video capability. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the MX-1 also do not support video capability.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a video capability and we think the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Pentax MX-1 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the MX-1 also do not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax MX-1 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the MX-1 also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price], or the Sony DSC-WX300[plb_1621847_price].

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Not 3D

Most digital cameras of this age and type are not 3D. The Pentax MX-1 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the MX-1, the Pentax MX-1 does not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], or the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of this type and age, the Pentax MX-1 is not waterproof.

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Heavy

The Pentax MX-1 is one of the heavier similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the MX-1 (363 grams) amongst cameras of this age. Across all the compact cameras that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 20g to 840g, and the average weight is 170g.

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Only Features Six Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Pentax MX-1 is more than most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras of a similar age and type to the MX-1. The flash modess "Flash off", "Flash on", "Red-eye reduction", "Second curtain synchro" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Pentax digital camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Pentax MX-1 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Pentax digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the MX-1. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF 1.1" are also supported by this camera.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this type and age is 18mm and the longest is 1,000mm. The Pentax MX-1 has one of the shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 112 millimeters) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

At 100, the Pentax MX-1 has a quite big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. Compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have ISO sensitivity (min)s of between 10 and 200, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 94.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years is 5mm and the longest is 39mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28 millimeters, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Pentax MX-1

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the MX-1.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic DMC-FX90[plb_1291987_price] is also worth considering.

If this compact camera camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Samsung SAMSUNG MV900F[plb_1519008_price] (3.3" and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price] (3.5" and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

The Pentax MX-1 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most cameras that have been around for more than two years. Most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it have a CCD sensor type.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P510[plb_2071647_price].

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 12.76 megapixels, the Pentax MX-1 has a fairly typical megapixel compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] (14MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
System Requirements
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

Expert Reviews

25 November 2013

Stepping up in the compact spectrum are cameras that tend to be aimed at photographers who want full photographic control. Good low-light performance, the ability to shoot Raw, and accessible... Read more…

Excellent monitor
Build quality
Retro styling
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File writing can occasionally hold up shooting
7 January 2013

Pentax has announced the arrivals of the MX-1, a camera aimed towards enthusiast photographers.The MX-1 features a newly designed 1/1.7" 12MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor with a top sensitivity of... Read more…

15 January 2014

MX-1 är en tung sak eftersom den är utförd i samma mässing som på 1960-talet. När den så småningom blir sliten kommer den alltså att likna dåtidens kultkameror. MX från 1976 var en av... Read more…

13 December 2014

Unsere Kamera-Tests bieten zwar Orientierung bei der Auswahl der richtigen Kamera. Doch am Ende entscheidet der User selbst, welches Modell es für ihn sein soll. Welche Digicams derzeit besonders... Read more…

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