Pentax MX-1

Announced Jan 7, 2013 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 – 112 mm (4×)
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Product description
Announced Jan 7, 2013

The Pentax MX-1 enthusiast compact camera features classic styling and construction, with brass top and base plates. It's based around a stabilized 12MP BSI CMOS sensor and a familiar-sounding 28-112mm equivalent F1.8-2.5 lens. In addition the MX-1 features a flip-out 920k dot rear screen. It includes a top-plate exposure compensation dial and rear thumb wheel to control a UI very much like those in the company's DSLRs.

Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto (100 -1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Focal length (equiv.) 28–112 mm
Optical zoom 4×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 391 g (0.86 lb / 13.79 oz)
Dimensions 122 x 61 x 51 mm (4.8 x 2.4 x 2.01)
GPS None

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Our review

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.

Good for: Those looking for a high quality camera with a great sensor and sharp lens, who also like a little style and heft for extra stability.

Not so good for: Enthusiasts looking for more rapid control over exposure and other settings. Anyone looking for a camera that slips easily into a pocket.

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