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Pentax Optio MX

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the viewfinder and shutter are overall positive. The usability and portability also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the performance and image stabilizer. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability and responsiveness.

value for money, portability, usability, shutter, viewfinder

focus, stabilizer , performance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio MX is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Camera Has Video Smarts


Pentax Optio MX nicely captures both stills and video.

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Pentax Optio MX


The Pentax OptioMX is a palm-sized digital still/movie camera with 3.2 effective megapixel resolution and a 10X optical zoom. It can capture still images and high resolution (VGA) full-motion movies with zoom capability. The advanced design of the OptioMX

I find myself scratching my head about the enigmatic Pentax OptioMX. While it is capable of producing good quality 3-megapixel images, its promises are largely unfulfilled. While it is billed as a dual role still/movie camera, its movie results were disap

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Pentax MX


In summary, the Pentax MX was a solid competitor in the compact SLR industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Because production stopped in 1984, possession of this model is rare today— reserved primarily for collectors or veterans of the photography...

35mm SLR camera with shutter speed from 1/s to 1/1000Satisfactorily ASA/ISO range of 25 to 1600Compact and lightweight, perfect for a veteranOpen aperture TTL, but no TTL flash

No automatic functions

If you're a veteran photographer who refuses to succumb to the modern...


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Digital Cameras - Pentax Optio MX Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Those wanting a hybrid digital still and video camera with a satisfying zoom and no costly digital video tapes to mess with may want to consider the Optio MX. With an available 120 minutes of continuous movie and sound recording time (depending on...

The Optio MX has a whopping 10x, 5.8-58mm lens, the equivalent of a 38-380mm lens on a 35mm camera. Maximum aperture ranges from f/2.9 to f/3.5, depending on the zoom position. Focus covers a range from 1.31 feet (0.4 meters) to infinity in still...

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Amazon review summary for Pentax Optio MX


alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Pentax Optio MX from The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

value for money, usability, manual adjust., flash, size


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Pentax Optio MX 3.2MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom

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Pentax MX


I bought mine in the summer of 2007 for £125 which included 50mm f2 lens, winder and the original boxes, for my collection. I had previous nearly bought one in 2000 for use when I needed to replace a broken camera, but at that time did not like the...

Compact, Lightweight. Classic good looks, DofF preview. Takes winder or motorwind. Wide range of reasonably priced lenses available. tough and reliable. Good ergonomics. Viewfinder data. Interchangeable viewfinder screens

Shutter dial stiff and a bit fiddly

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Pentax MX


Perfect travel camera with mechanical shutter (battery independent). Only function this camera lacks is a MLU.

Small and lightweight (but robust and with very good ergonomics) camera body; wonderful viewfinder (big, bright and with aperture/shutter speed indication); self-timer/DOF preview lever; indication of cocked shutter; trigger/light meter lock which...

Weak wind lever- shaky action, unequal distances between frames; meter tends to underexposure (and has small EV range); ASA setting only up to 1600; shutter speed dial rotates tightly

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Pentax MX


A camera is only a tool, a means to an end.

Simplicity, elegance, fullness of controls

Requires film

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Pentax MX


My favourite of all my classic cameras, it has the most beautiful compact design I have ever witnessed in an slr. I first borrowed one from college and instantly fell in love with it. Stunning results everytime. For me its my perfect companion if i'm...

Easy to use, compact, good looking, great range of lenses commonly available. batteries seem to last forever. Hard wearing, durable, a pleasure to be with. Its like my best friend. Dof preview

Viewfinder is quite dim, but the focus prism helps, most models i have seen have specks in the viewfinder. erm.. not much else, no auto focus but im not bothered by that

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Pentax MX


My particular model is the MXE Super, I'm not too sure what the difference is between this and the standard MX. It's a typical SLR circa 1980; manual focus, split prism/microprism focusing screen, TTL metering with auto shutter speed, 50mm "normal"...

Simple and durable, old school metal with a fake leather skin ; Batteries can last for years ; Once you know how to set it up it's actually very easy to use, and can take great shots ; The split prism focusing screen is amazing for how much it helps...

As with all older film bodies age is catching up. Mine is semi-retired until I can replace the light seals ; The meter is, rather than the familiar indicator bar, a series of blinking diodes. While this makes the camera little more "high tech" looking...


Product Specifications

Two great cameras in one! Can't decide between a high-quality digital still camera and a full-motion video camera? The decision is made simple with the OptioMX, which combines both formats into one remarkable camera. This innovative digital still/movie camera features 3,2-megapixel resolution and a powerful 10X optical zoom lens to capture whichever format you choose to shoot in clear and vivid details.

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific/Standard form factor
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-Li7
Supported Battery Form Factor:CR-V3

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card/SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Flower / Illustration / Landscape / Night scene / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Soft / Sunset / Surf & snow

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.9-3.5
Max Focal Length:58mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.2Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:10
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Green / Pink / Purple / Red / Sepia / Yellow
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera