Pentax MX-1 Hands-On Preview

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We get an exclusive look at the new Pentax MX-1 - the new serious compact from Pentax with retro styling.

07/01/2013 - 14:05

Pentax Mx 1 Body (7)

The new Pentax MX-1 is the latest compact camera from Pentax, and will be available in silver and black, as shown above, or black. The camera offers full manual controls, RAW shooting, a bright f/1.8-2.5 4x optical zoom lens, HDR shooting, a 12.1 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, and 3 inch tilting screen. We have an exclusive look at this new camera from Pentax that will be available from mid-February with an RRP of £399.

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Key Features:

  • 12.1 megapixel 1/1.7inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • f/1.8 - f/2.5 4x optical zoom lens equivalent to 28-112mm
  • Shake Reduction (SR) Sensor Shift Image Stabilisation
  • 3inch tilting screen, 920k dots
  • 1cm super macro mode
  • 25 AF points individually selectable
  • Fast release lag 0.019s, 1.6s start-up time
  • ISO100 - ISO12800
  • Textured rubber grip, with brass top and bottom plates
  • In camera RAW (DNG) processing
  • Full HD video recording, time-lapse, high speed video
  • Electronic level
  • IR sensor for remote control at front and back
The Pentax MX-1 features a brand new "state-of-the-art" imaging engine, ISO upto 12800, as well as built in sensor-shift image stabilisation. The mode dial features direct access to P/A/S/M as well as HDR shooting and the top also features an exposure compensation dial, with the rear featuring an AEL button.

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With our brief hands on look at the camera, we found the camera responded quickly with quick focus and shutter response, and although it was a pre-production model used, and therefore we couldn't post any photos taken with it, the camera appeared to have an extensive range of options available in the menus and on screen controls. The build quality and handling of the camera, with rubberised grip that covers the front of the camera, was very good, with a premium camera feeling that made it feel like it was worth more than the £399 asking price.

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Pentax MX-1 Specifications

ManufacturerPentax
Lens
Max Aperture f/1.8 - f/2.5
35mm equivalent 28mm - 112mm
Optical Zoom 4x
Image Sensor
Pixels 12Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4000
Pixels (H) 3000
Sensor Type Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size 1/1.7 inch
Sensor Size (width) No Data
Sensor Size (height) No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 920k dots
Touch Screen No
Focusing
Min Focus 1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Snap
  • Infinity
  • AF Tracking
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest 30sec
Bulb mode Yes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity 100 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp +/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting No Data
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS 30fps
Stereo Sound Yes
Optical Zoom with Video Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes
Interface
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2
Wi-Fi No
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Lithium-Ion D-LI106
Battery Life (CIPA rating) 290shots
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data
Dimensions
Weight 363g
Width 122.5mm
Height 60mm
Depth 51.5mm

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