First few days with the MX-1

Started Jun 26, 2013 | User reviews thread
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yellodog Senior Member • Posts: 1,889
First few days with the MX-1

I first handled an MX-1 a month or so ago at an expo and immediately took a liking to it.

It's a pocket battleship of a compact camera, in fact, compact would be a bit of a missnomer if it weren't for the lens being a lot smaller than anything comparable on a DSLR. But, being a guy with large hands, it fits me like a glove, unlike some others that feel very fiddely.

The menus are logical once you get used to them and the controls and flip out LCD all feel distinct and robust, although the surface of the LCD is a bit of a fingerprint magnet and feels rather cheap and scratchable.

The lens is sharp wide open and the sensor keeps the noise at a very reasonable level for such a camera. In other words IQ is excellent.

I always shoot RAW so I was a bit nervous about reports of the long write times för RAW files, but I put in a 95 Mb/s card and it "only" takes about 1 - 2 seconds to write too the card, which I find acceptable in most cases.

Focusing is very fast and with spot metering, normaly very accurate, although sometimes the camera chooses a focus point out side of the metered area.

Resolution is nice for portraits:

and for macros:

but I found the bokeh rather ugly:

Pentax MX-1
12 megapixels • 3 screen • 28 – 112 mm (4×)
Announced: Jan 7, 2013
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