As the last major manufacturer to join the enthusiast compact category, does Pentax deliver anything unique with the Pentax MX-1? Read the Pentax MX-1 review...

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Pentax MX-1


Pentax MX-1 review


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Pentax MX-1 review – Our verdict

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. Still, those undeterred by these issues should find much to like: the menus are easy to navigate; the screen is excellent; and although the camera can’t quite resolve the detail of some of its rivals, image quality overall is difficult to fault, particularly its metering and auto white balance systems. There is certainly scope for improvement, but it’s still encouraging to see such a fine debut from Pentax.


External mic:No
Video:1080p 30fps MOV H.264
White Balance:Auto, 9 presets, manual adjustment, custom setting
Built-in Flash:Yes
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC (approx. 75.3 MB internal memory)
Viewfinder Type:N/A
Exposure Modes:Green, auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 21 scene, 15 digital filters
Max Flash Sync:N/A
Sensor:12-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
White Balance Bracket:N/A
Output Size:4000 x 3000 pixels
Weight:391g (including battery and memory card)
Power:Rechargeable Li-ion D-LI106 battery
Lens:28-112mm (equivalent) f/1.8-2.5 4x zoom
File Format:Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneous
Shutter Speeds:30-1/2000sec (can be expanded to 1/8000sec with electronic shutter enabled) + bulb
DoF Preview:No
Colour Space:sRGB/AdobeRGB
Drive Mode:Approx 4.21fps for up to 10 framesLCD – 3in LCD with 920,000 dots
Dimensions:60 x 122.5 x 51.5mm
Metering System:Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HMDI
ISO:ISO 100-12,800
Exposure Comp:+/-2EV in 1/3EV steps
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Focusing Modes:Auto, spot, tracking, macro, 1cm macro, pan focus, infinity AF POINTS – 25 points
  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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