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Pentax MX-1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 198 reviews of Pentax MX-1. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the lens and image quality. The usability and portability are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the energy efficiency and storage. Reviews are divided on the shutter.

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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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax MX-1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 user reviews of Pentax MX-1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the lens and image quality. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical reviews about the storage and shutter.

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

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax MX-1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 user reviews of Pentax MX-1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the design and image quality. The usability and portability are also appreciated. There are some negative reviews about the viewfinder.

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94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Shawn Barnett (dpreview.com)

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...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

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.

While neither is common enough to be an expected feature in this level of camera, Pentax chose not to include GPS or Wi-Fi in the MX-1. If you're looking for a Wi-Fi-enabled camera with a bigger sensor and a fast lens, take a look at the Samsung EX2F,...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

After all these years, Pentax delivers advanced compact camera

 

At CES, Pentax surprised us with an overdue, if somewhat unremarkable, advanced compact, the MX-1.

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Josh Fate (steves-digicams.com)

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

May, 2013

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Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Pentax MX-1 Review

 

The brand new MX-1 is the first premium digital compact camera from Pentax, aimed at the more discerning photographer. Featuring a 4x optical zoom lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8 and 28mm wide-angle coverage, the Pentax MX-1 has a 1/1.7”, 12...

Pentax's first attempt at a serious compact camera for professionals is bravely very different to its main rivals, thanks largely to (in our opinion) its appealingly retro design. We can't think of any other digital camera that has actual brass top and...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : imaging-resource.com (imaging-resource.com)

Pentax MX-1

 

Stylish, retro design with brass top and bottom plates and soft, rubbery grip for a rugged build quality and nice feel in the hands, Fast, sharp f/1.8-2.5 4x zoom lens, Relatively large 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor for compact cameras delivers good image...

Stylish, retro design with brass top and bottom plates and soft, rubbery grip for a rugged build quality and nice feel in the hands, Fast, sharp f/1.8-2.5 4x zoom lens, Relatively large 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor for compact cameras delivers good image...

Quite a unique camera in more ways than one, the retro-styled Pentax MX-1 pays homage to the compact Pentax MX film SLRs from the 1970s and 80s. The premium enthusiast-geared MX-1 features all-brass top and bottom plates and a soft, rubberized coating...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Digitalcamera HQ (digitalcamera-hq.com)

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The Pentax MX-1 is classically styled, but its performance is anything but. With a fast lens and advanced features, the MX-1 has a lot to offer.

May, 2014

Expert review by : Joe Farace (shutterbug.com)

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...

Jan, 2014

Expert review by : TJ Donegan (reviewed.com)

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,...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by : Samuel Huang (gstylemag.com)

PENTAX MX-1 Review – DSLR Like Features in a Compact Camera

 

I will say that for the most part, I am a mirrorless camera user. I like being able to change lenses to what suits my needs at a particular time as well as being able to shoot photos through a viewfinder. However, there are times when I just don't want...

Jun, 2013

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