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Pentax MX-1
8.4 out of 10

Pentax MX-1

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Overall 9
9.3

Hands-On Review: Pentax MX-1

Digitalcamera HQ
18 May 2014
  • Summary: The Pentax MX-1 is classically styled, but its performance is anything but. With a fast lens and advanced features, the MX-1 has a lot to offer.
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Pentax MX-1: Retro Design, Digital Compact Style

Shutterbug
1 January 2014
  • Excerpt: The Pentax MX was a 35mm Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera produced from 1976 to 1985 and, for a time, was the company’s flagship SLR. It was solidly built featuring all-mechanical construction, including the shutter, and only the metering system was battery dependent.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

reviewed
12 September 2013
  • Summary: Pentax's brass-capped advanced compact ticks the right boxes, but so do most of its competitors.
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Overall 7
7.4

Expert Review

DP Review
8 June 2013
  • Summary: Pentax's first entry into the premium pocket camera category is big on image quality but also a bit big for the pocket, which narrows its niche a little more than its competitors.
  • Pros: Excellent image quality in JPEG and Raw, Solid build, Appealing design, Good color, practical color modes, Overall good performance in low light, Good optical quality - center to corner sharpness, with little sign of chromatic aberration, Fast autofocus, 10fps full-res burst mode, Captures a Raw ...
  • Cons: Too large for most pockets, No hot shoe or accessory port, Tungsten lighting sometimes left quite yellow by AWB system, Motor sounds audible when zooming (with optical zoom enabled), Lacks second dial to give easy control of both aperture and shutter speed in Manual mode, Camera doesn't hang leve...
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Overall 6
6.0

Pentax MX-1

PC Magazine
1 June 2013
  • Conclusion: The Pentax MX-1 is a beautifully designed camera, but some issues with image quality and performance prevent it from living up to its potential.
  • Pros: Gorgeous design with brass construction. Excellent control layout. Tilting rear display. Fast lens. Raw shooting support. Low noise through ISO 1600.
  • Cons: Very soft edges at widest angle. Heavy distortion when shooting Raw. Unresponsive for a few seconds after taking a photo. No hot shoe or EVF option.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax MX-1 Review

yooip.com
29 May 2013
  • Summary: Taken on its own, the Pentax MX-1 is easy to like. Its huge, great high quality, quick lens and strong, traditional design create it a attractive partner for those who skip old digital camera styles.
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Expert Review

Steve's Digicams
15 May 2013
  • Summary: Pentax/Ricoh unveiled an interesting new retro styled camera for 2013, which they claim will, "appeal to a wide range of photo enthusiasts", thanks to its powerful features and rangefinder charm.
  • Pros: iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record, Overall excellent image quality, Fast, Easy to use HDR shooting options, Sensor Shift SR assists up to 3 stops, Bright, tiltable 3.0-inch LCD, Good shooting performance, Optical z...
  • Cons: AF during video recording struggled, Some noise in higher ISO images, Popup flash unit is not very powerful, No EVF or OVF, Wind noise reduction does not work with other background noises, Camera body is very thick
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Overall 6
6.0

Pentax MX-1 Review

Digital Photography School
14 April 2013
  • Conclusion: about average.
  • Pros: reasonably fast lens; Adobe DNG (RAW) capture; a wide variety of filters and image treatments for the dabbler.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Digital Camera Review
12 April 2013
  • Summary: Announced on January 7, 2013 the MX-1 is “…an advanced digital compact camera whose craft design and vintage lines appeal to a wide variety of photo enthusiasts…” and one of the latest additions to the Pentax lineup in the compact market niche.
  • Pros: Good image and video quality, Good ISO performance, Good shutter lag and autofocus performance, Manual and semi-automatic shooting modes complement full auto options, RAW/JPEG still image file formats, Manual focus capability
  • Cons: Size and weight are towards the large end of the compact digital spectrum, Cost, No hot/accessory shoe, No optional viewfinder
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Overall 7
7.1

Pentax MX-1

pentaxforums.com
3 March 2013
  • Summary: Overall we are pleased with the Pentax MX-1.  It's a good alternative to the Pentax Q for enthusiasts who are looking for a compact backup camera from Pentax and don't want to have to worry about switching lenses.  Plus, it's loaded with many DSLR-like features, which makes it an excellent value.
  • Pros: Very sharp lens, Convenient zoom range, Excellent build quality, Compact and generally easy to hold, Clear high-resolution tilting LCD, Excellent image quality at low ISOs, Front and rear remote control ports, Fast autofocus for stills, Sensor-shift shake reduction, Handy 1cm macro mode, Fun slow...
  • Cons: Poor video autofocus, LCD tilting mechanism ruins retro elegance, Some interface quirks (i.e. info button useless in playback mode), Excessive duplication of settings between info screen and menus, No noise reduction settings, Very slow when shooting in RAW, Distortion at the wide end (if uncorre...
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