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Pentax MX-1
8.3 out of 10

Pentax MX-1

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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
5 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 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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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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Overall 8
8.3

Pentax MX-1 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • Summary: With around seven other credible competitors, it's not surprising to find that the Pentax MX-1 offers little we've not seen before. Its size and the lack of a viewfinder may dampen enthusiasm for the model, and it's disappointing to find little by way of user-customisable controls, such as function...
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
8.0
Features 10
10
Ease of use 6
6.0
Performance 10
10

Pentax MX1

GadgetSpeak
29 May 2013
  • Excerpt: This is a small but powerful digital camera from Pentax. Having recently tested myself on a DSLR offering I now downsize but not as far as ‘point and shoot’ as this digital camera has a lot to offer yet it can still fit in most pockets.
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
8.0
Features 10
10
Ease of use 6
6.0
Performance 10
10

Pentax MX1

GadgetSpeak
29 May 2013
  • Excerpt: This is a small but powerful digital camera from Pentax. Having recently tested myself on a DSLR offering I now downsize but not as far as ‘point and shoot’ as this digital camera has a lot to offer yet it can still fit in most pockets.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax MX-1 camera

New Zealand PC World
25 March 2013
  • Summary: Pentax’s premium compact is an excellent example of an enthusiast-focused digital camera -- it’s incredibly well-built, has a good sensor and lens...
  • Pros: Wonderful design and ergonomics, Excellent lens and sensor
  • Cons: Slow to save RAWs, Size rivals mirrorless competitors
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax MX-1 Review

ePHOTOzine
7 March 2013
  • Excerpt: The Pentax MX-1 is a new "serious compact" with a bright f/1.8 4x optical zoom lens, tilting 3 inch screen and slightly larger than normal backlit CMOS sensor. The MX-1 features a retro design with top and bottom brass plates and is available in silver and black or entirely black.
  • Pros: Metal top and bottom plates, Excellent macro performance, Dual axis electronic level, Rubber grip front and back, Timelapse / High Speed Video with sound, Lots of Digital Filters / Effects, Bright f/1.8 4x optical zoom lens
  • Cons: Lacks flash hot-shoe, Competitors have additional controls around lens etc, Feels large and heavy, HDR / Panoramic stitching not great, Slow write times
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