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Pentax MX-1

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Pentax MX-1 review

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£399.00
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Pentax MX-1 review – Dynamic range

There is little to complain about the dynamic range of the MX-1’s sensor. Thanks to the camera’s sound metering system, scenes captured in balanced conditions don’t tend to display any blown highlights. In more challenging conditions, when there are blown highlights, it is possible to bring some back through raw processing. Similarly, plenty of detail within shadowy areas can also be recovered, although some gentle noise reduction is typically required when doing so to smooth out any coarse noise that can make itself known.

The camera’s shadow-correction option is perhaps more subtle in its effect than expected, but it does make a noticeable difference to the tonality of images containing larger shadow areas.

Image: The camera’s dynamic range has retained details in both shadows and most of the highlights in this scene

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  1. 1. Pentax MX-1 at a glance
  2. 2. Pentax MX-1 review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Pentax MX-1 review - Metering
  4. 4. Pentax MX-1 review - Autofocus
  5. 5. Pentax MX-1 review - Dynamic range
  6. 6. Pentax MX-1 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Pentax MX-1 review - White balance and colour
  8. 8. Pentax MX-1 review - Viewfinder, LCD and video
  9. 9. Pentax MX-1 review - Our verdict
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