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Pentax MX-1 First Hands-On Preview

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

| Pentax MX-1 in Compact Cameras
Pentax MX-1 First Hands-On Preview: 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.

Pentax MX-1 First Hands-On Preview: Pentax Mx 1 Body (3)

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.

Pentax MX-1 First Hands-On Preview: Pentax Mx 1 Body (9)

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.

Pentax MX-1 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Pentax MX-1 Specifications

Max Aperturef/1.8 - f/2.5
35mm equivalent28mm - 112mm
Optical Zoom4x
Image Sensor
Pixels12Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4000
Pixels (H)3000
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/1.7 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution920k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Snap
  • Infinity
  • AF Tracking
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shootingNo Data
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS30fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion D-LI106
Battery Life (CIPA rating)290shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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franken Avatar
franken Plus
21 5.8k 4 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2013 2:38PM
It looks interesting and I await the review.

If only other camera manufacturers would include DNG raw processing.


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