Summary: CONCLUSION The Pentax MX-1, while classified as a compact digital camera, is a fairly large and heavy compact which doesn't offer the shirt pocket portability which tends to define the classic definition of a "compact" digital. However, I wandered around Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park for two days with the MX-1 draped around my neck and am none the worse for wear as a result.
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. Still, it's a very capable camera with a good set of features, a handsome finish, and an impressive sensor and lens combination.
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 image even in special color/effect modes, Switches to Macro mode automatically, 1cm Macro mode allows extreme closeups, In-camera Raw conversion for individual or batch reproc...
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 level from strap thanks to front-mounted strap lugs, Slow to power down, Slow to return control to user after shots
Conclusion: Quite a unique camera in more ways than one, the retro-styled Pentax MX-1 pays homage to the compact Pentax MX film SLRs from the 1970s and 80s. The premium enthusiast-geared MX-1 features all-brass top and bottom plates and a soft, rubberized coating around the middle, make it a joy to hold. But at the same time it's also fitted with advanced photographic features and functionality, including a tilting LCD screen and a sharp, fast f/1.8-2.5 4x optical zoom lens.
Pros: Stylish, retro design with brass top and bottom plates and soft, rubbery grip for a rugged build quality and nice feel in the hands, Fast, sharp f/1.8-2.5 4x zoom lens, Relatively large 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor for compact cameras delivers good image quality at lower ISOs, Built-in Shake Reduction, including Sensor-shift as well as Pixel Track SR, Full Mode dial with PASM exposure modes and custom User mode, Exposure compensation dial, Green button lets you quickly rese...
Cons: Stylish, retro design with brass top and bottom plates and soft, rubbery grip for a rugged build quality and nice feel in the hands, Fast, sharp f/1.8-2.5 4x zoom lens, Relatively large 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor for compact cameras delivers good image quality at lower ISOs, Built-in Shake Reduction, including Sensor-shift as well as Pixel Track SR, Full Mode dial with PASM exposure modes and custom User mode, Exposure compensation dial, Green button lets you quickly rese...
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 buttons and noise-reduction options.
The camera's sluggish processor is also something of a let down.
Summary: Good for : - Shooting in low light levels. - Close-up shooting. - Landscape photography, but not in bright, contrasty conditions. - Street photography, but not in bright, contrasty conditions. Not so good for: - Shooting sports and action. - Photographing wildlife.
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
Pentax’s retro throwback is anything but old-fashioned inside
Good Gear Guide.au
4 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 combo, and is very similar in handling to a full-size digital SLR. It can be slow when used to its fullest extent, and it’s not particularly compact, but operating within these limitations it’s become one of our favourite sub-DSLR cameras to use.
Pros: Wonderful design and ergonomics, Excellent lens and sensor
Cons: Slow to save RAWs, Size rivals mirrorless competitors
Excerpt: Fazit: Die Pentax MX-1 überzeugt im Test mit guter Bildqualität bei niedriger ISO-Zahl und einem lichtstarken Objektiv. Ab ISO 800 nimmt das Bildrauschen deutlich zu, dafür stimmt die Detailwiedergabe. Das Zoom vergrößert nur vierfach. Für Schnappschüsse arbeitet der Autofokus allerdings zu langsam. Als Kreativ-Kamera für den erfahrenen Fotografen schlägt sich die Pentax-Kamera aber solide.
Conclusion: Pentax MX-1 ser ut som en kamera för entusiaster, men inte alla entusiaster. Optiken är förstklassig och retrodesignen snygg. För att locka även de mer konservativa hade MX-1 behövt mer manuella kontroller och en optisk sökare. Mer moderna användare, som har råd och vill ha en kamera som är lika snygg som bilderna den kan ta – här är den.
Pros: Känslig optik, Hög byggkvalitet, Vinklingsbar display
Cons: Ingen optisk sökare, Rattarna dåliga sett till resten av kameran, Små, trånga knappar