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Pentax MX-1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and image quality. The usability and lens also get good feedback. Views are divided on the shutter, while there are some negative opinions about the energy efficiency and features.

portability, lens, usability, image quality, performance

features, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax MX-1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Pentax MX-1


The Pentax MX-1 is a 12MP high-end compact camera with a fast 28-112mm equivalent zoom lens - the first camera of its type that Pentax has created. With a rich history in camera design, it seems fair that Pentax would seek to recapture the two-tone...

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...

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...

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...

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Pentax MX-1 Review


The Pentax MX-1 is a classically designed, fully featured compact digicam. It's 12-Megapixel CMOS and low-light zoom lens capture excellent quality images. It is a great compact alternative to a larger entry-level dSLR. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record ; Overall excellent image quality ; Fast, Easy to use HDR shooting options ; Sensor Shift SR assists up to 3 stops ; Bright, tiltable...

AF during video recording struggled ; Some noise in higher ISO images ; Popup flash unit is not very powerful ; No EVF or OVF ; Wind noise reduction does not work with other background noises ; Camera body is very thick

The Pentax MX-1 is a classically designed, fully featured compact digicam. It's 12-Megapixel CMOS and low-light zoom lens capture excellent quality images. It is a great compact alternative to a larger entry-level dSLR. Read more in our

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Pentax MX-1


The Pentax MX-1 is a beautifully designed camera, but some issues with image quality and performance prevent it from living up to its potential.

Gorgeous design with brass construction. Excellent control layout. Tilting rear display. Fast lens. Raw shooting support. Low noise through ISO 1600

Very soft edges at widest angle. Heavy distortion when shooting Raw. Unresponsive for a few seconds after taking a photo. No hot shoe or EVF option

The Pentax MX-1 ($499.95 direct) is the company's first attempt at a compact digital camera with a larger-than-average image sensor. The 12-megapixel shooter packs a 1/1.7-inch BSI-CMOS sensor, but its exterior is what turned heads when it was...


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Pentax MX-1: Retro Design, Digital Compact Style


The Pentax MX was a 35mm Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera produced from 1976 to 1985 and, for a time, was the company's flagship SLR. It was solidly built featuring all-mechanical construction, including the shutter, and only the metering system was...

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Pentax MX-1


Pentax's brass-capped advanced compact ticks the right boxes, but so do most of its competitors.

In the four years since Canon introduced the PowerShot S90, the quality of images you can get from a compact camera has skyrocketed. While the Sony RX100 currently rules the roost with its relatively massive 1-inch CMOS sensor, Canon, Nikon, Olympus,...

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Pentax MX-1 Review: So Much To Like


Announced on January 7, 2013 the MX-1 is " advanced digital compact camera whose craft design and vintage lines appeal to a wide variety of photo enthusiasts..." and one of the latest additions to the Pentax lineup in the compact market niche....

Good image and video quality ; Good ISO performance ; Good shutter lag and autofocus performance ; Manual and semi-automatic shooting modes complement full auto options ; RAW/JPEG still image file formats ; Manual focus capability

Size and weight are towards the large end of the compact digital spectrum ; Cost ; No hot/accessory shoe ; No optional viewfinder

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Pentax MX-1


The Pentax MX-1 is a new, retro-styled point and shoot camera with a 1/1.7″ sensor inside at 12MP resolution. It has a robust body, complete with a brass top that will add some character to individual units as they age.

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Pentax MX-1 Review


Many people can be misled by some camera makers’ claims of higher pixel counts, maxi zoom ranges etc … when in fact they’re actually being sold a turkey.

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Amazon review summary for Pentax MX-1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Pentax MX-1 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.


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Pentax MX-1 camera


Pentax's retro throwback is anything but old-fashioned inside

Wonderful design and ergonomics ; Excellent lens and sensor

Slow to save RAWs ; Size rivals mirrorless competitors

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...


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:1/1.7''


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/8000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:PEN D-LI106


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes