Pentax MX-1 Digital Camera, Silver - Bundle - with Camera Carrying Case, 32GB SDHC Memory Card, USB 2.0 Multi Card Reader, Lens Cleaning Kit, LCD Screen Protector, 6' HDMI Cable, Tiffen Dfx Essentials Software, Class On Demand Black Card

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About Pentax MX1

With its genuine brass covers and advanced digital compact capabilities, the PENTAX MX-1 is where craft design meets contemporary quality. The MX-1's fast F1.8-2.5 lens, 4X zoom and large 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor allow for bright everyday imagery inside a stylish body. As its brass wears with time, feel the good old days come back to life in your images of today with the PENTAX MX-1. This compact camera includes DSLR-like features such as textured mode dials, an exposure adjustment dial, In-body RAW development capability, HDR shooting and Custom images modes.

Beautiful design is made to resemble a classic film camera; with its genuine brass covers and metal accents for a refined finish. Enjoy a fast and bright, wide-aperture smc PENTAX lens at F1.8-2.5 for outstanding depth of field control and beautiful bokeh. This high-end compact is equipped with a 1/1.7 inch, 12 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor for exceptional performance. This 4X optical zoom features a versatile range for shooting at 28-112mm in the 35mm format, making it ideal for everyday use. The four-element aspherical lens corrects for various optical aberrations, ensuring sharp images free of ghosting and flaring throughout the entire range.

The large, high-resolution 3-inch 920K pixel LCD screen can be tilted up or down for easy viewing and shooting from difficult angles. Menus are straightforward and user-friendly, and make use of a Dual-axis electronic level gauge for horizontal and vertical shooting. Dual PENTAX body-based Sensor-shift & Pixel Track Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system effectively compensates for camera shake and ensures sharp, blur-free images and video, even in the most shake-prone and low lighting conditions. Capture full 1920 X 1080p resolution HD video with efficient, high quality h.264 compression at 30 frames per second. Also, make use of an HDMI port to allow smooth and functional output of high definition images, video and sound to HDTVs. Enjoy creative movie playback features, such as High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback and Time-lapse Movie mode for fast-forward playback.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(9)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Good image quality (9),Large clear LCD (9),Fast / accurate auto-focus (8),Easy to use (7),Good in low light (6),Image stabilization (6),Zoom range/performance (4),Nice body color (3)
Cons:
No viewfinder (7)
Best Uses:
Travel (9),Family photos (8),Landscape/scenery (6),Low light (6)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (6)

Pentax MX1 Features

  • Beautiful design is made to resemble a classic film camera; with its genuine brass covers and metal accents for a refined finish.
  • The 4X optical zoom features a versatile range for shooting at 28-112mm in the 35mm format, making it ideal for everyday use.
  • Enjoy a fast and bright, wide-aperture smc PENTAX lens at F1.8-2.5 for outstanding depth of field control and beautiful bokeh.
  • This high-end compact is equipped with a 1/1.7 inch, 12 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor for exceptional performance.
  • The large, high-resolution 3-inch 920K pixel LCD screen can be tilted up or down for easy viewing and shooting from difficult angles.
  • Dual PENTAX body-based Sensor-shift & Pixel Track Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system ensures sharp, blur-free images and video, even in dim lighting.
  • Capture full 1920 X 1080 HD video with h.264 compression and make use of an HDMI port to allow smooth and functional output of high definition images, videoand sound to HDTVs
  • This compact camera includes DSLR-like features such as textured mode dials, an exposure adjustment dial, In-body RAW development capability, HDR shooting and Custom images modes.

Pentax MX1 Specifications

Resolution
Effective: 12.0 Megapixel, Actual Pixels: 12.76 Megapixel
Sensor
1/1.7" Backlit CMOS
File Resolutions
Still: JPEG:[4:3]12M,7M,5M,3M [16:9]9M,5M,3M,2M [3:2]10M,6M,4M,2M [1:1]9M,5M,3M,2M?RAW

Movie: HD (1920x1080 approx. 30fps), (1280x720 approx. 60/30fps), Audio Recording with Movie: Yes, Stereo
Quality Levels
Still (Fine, Normal)
Movie: Fixed
Pixel Mapping: Yes
Lens
smc PENTAX zoom lens, 11e in 8g (4 aspherical elements) Focal length (equiv.): 6.0-24mm (28-112mm)
Aperture: F1.8 (wide) - F2.5 (tele) Smallest Aperture: F8
Zoom
Optical zoom: 4X, Digital zoom: 1.95X, Combined zoom: 7.8X
Intelligent zoom: Approx 5.2X at 7M, approx. 7.8X at 3M (including optical zoom)
LCD/Viewfinder
LCD: 3.0" Tiltable color TFT with AR Coating (Tilt down to 45°, up to 90° (approx.))
LCD resolution: (approx. 920,000 dots)
Wide angle viewable: 170°
Focus System
TTL contrast detection autofocus
Focus Modes
: Auto, Spot, Tracking , AF Select (25 Points), Infinity Landscape, Manual Focus, Pan Focus, AF Point Switching
Manual Focus
Yes (by pressing the shutter release button half way)
Focus Range
Normal: 1.3' to infinity (wide), 5.2' to infinity (tele)
Macro: 2" to 19.7" (wide) 8" to 19.7" (tele)
Super Macro: 0.4" to 7.9" (1cm) (wide)
Focus Assist Lamp
Yes
Face Detection
Yes (up to 32 faces), Smile Capture, Blink Detection
Pet Detection
Yes (up to 1 pet's face), auto or select from 3 pre-registered faces)
Drive Modes
One shot, Continuous Shooting, Burst Shooting(L/H), Self-timer (2 or 10 sec.), Remote Control (immediately or 3 sec.), Auto Bracketing Continuous FPS: Approx 1 FPS for 6 frames
Multi-exposure: n/a, Interval Shooting: n/a
Timing
Startup: approx. 1.6 sec., Release Time Lag: approx.. 0.019 sec. Continuous Shooting: approx. 1.57 fps (maximum approx. 37 frames
High-speed Continuous Shooting:
[Burst Shooting L] approx. 2.86 frame/sec (for up to 10 frame)
[Burst Shooting H] approx. 4.21 frame/sec (for up to 10 frame)
Image Stabilization (Shake Reduction)
Still: Sensor-Shift SR, Digital SR (ISO 100-12800), Dual (SR & Pixel Track SR)
Movie: Movie Shake Reduction Mode (Movie SR) (Maximum effect of 3 stops using Sensor-Shift SR)
Metering System
Type: TTL, Multi-segment, Center-weighted or Spot
Exposure compensation: +/- 2 EV (1/3 steps)
ISO
Auto: 100-12800*
Auto ISO Range: ISO 100-200, ISO 100-400, ISO 100-800, ISO 100-1600, ISO 100-3200, ISO 100-6400, ISO 100-12800
Manual: 100-12800 Auto ISO Range for Digital SR: 100 - 12800, Dynamic Range Adjustment: Yes *Fixed at ISO 100-1600 in Handheld Night Snap, Green modes.
White Balance
Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White),Tungsten, Flash Manual WB: Yes
Shutter
Programmed AE electronic lens shutter w electronic sensor shutter
Shutter Speed
1/2000 sec. - 1/4 sec., max. 30 sec. (1/8000 sec. - 30 sec. with Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority,Manual Exposure, and combination of electronic shutter enabled), Bulb
Noise Reduction
Yes, automatically applied if shutter speed is slower than 1 sec
Built-in Flash Modes
Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Red-eye, Slow-speed synchro, Slow-speed+Red-eye, Trailing Curtain Sync
Effective Flash Range
1.31 - 40' (wide, auto ISO), 1.31 - 29' (tele, auto ISO)
Capture Mode Selection
Auto Picture, Program, Natural Skin Tone, Handheld Night Snap (5M), Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Digital Panorama (2M per frame), High Speed Movie (VGA, 120 FPS capture, 30 FPS playback),Time Lapse Movie, Landscape, Blue Sky, Sunset, Flower, Digital SR (ISO 3200-6400 5M), Kids, Pet, Portrait, Food, Fireworks, Surf & Snow, Sport, Fisheye, Sketch, Miniature Filter, Text, Frame Composite (3M), Movie, Green
Auto Picture Modes
Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Standard, Flower, Sport, Candlelight, Blue Sky, Sunset, Text, Group Photo, Pet, Portrait x Blue Sky, Portrait x Sunset, Portrait x Backlight
Custom Image Modes
N/A
Green Simplified Mode
Yes
Playback Modes
One Shot, Index (4, 9 or 25 thumbnails), Magnification (up to 10X, scrollable), Movie Playback, Histogram, Folder Display, Select & Delete, Calendar
Playback Mode Pallet
Slideshow, Image Rotation, Stretch Filter, Small Face Filter, HDR Filter, Collage, Digital Filter, RAW Development (Aspect Ratio, JPEG Recorded Pixels, JPEG Quality, Custom Image (Bright, Natural, Vibrant, Reversal Film, Monochrome) White Balance,Sensitivity, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction, Original Frame, Movie Editing, Red-eye Edit, Resize, Cropping, Image Copy, Protect, DPOF, Start-up Screen
Digital Filters (Playback)
B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starbust, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature, Slim, Invert Color Filter
File Formats
Still: RAW (DNG), JPEG(conforms to Exif 2.3), conforms to DCF2.0, DPOF, PRINT Image Matching III
Movie: MPEG?4 AVC/H.264
Internal Memory
75.3 MB (approx.)
Memory Card Type
SD, SDHC, SDXC
Interfaces
Ports: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, PC/ AV out, HDMI (Type D) out
Video out: NTSC, PAL
Printer interfaces: n/a
Computer System Requirements
Windows: Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7, 8, USB port
Mac: MacOS 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, USB port
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.8 x 2.4 x 2.0" (excluding protrusions)
Weight
Without battery or removable memory: 12.8 oz (approx.)
Loaded and ready: 13.8 oz (approx.)
Language Support
English, French, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Italy, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian,Turkey, Greek, Russian

Pentax MX1 Reviews

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4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

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Reviewed by 9 customers

 
5.0

What an amazing camera

By

from Pittsburgh, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I can't believe its low light ability, fast focusing and overall competence. I haven't tried the video yet, but i'm sure it's up to the standards of Pentax. I can't believe you can get a camera like this for under $250. It's also a perfect companion to my Pentax K-r dSLR. P.S.; Adorama has gone to the top of my camera vendors list.

 
5.0

Classic beauty - serious potential

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from Pittsburgh, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

A beautiful camera. Beyond the really attractive classic design, this camera just feels good and substantial in the hand. Nicely laid out, very usable Pentax menus. The lens if fast, quick focusing, accurate, and features incredible close macro(1cm). I would have liked a hot shoe for the option of an OVF or external flash, but the camera's on board flash is well designed and very adequate. A great alternative to my (Pentax)SLR - this is an excellent street camera and is good enough to please the serious shooter. It has been discontinued by Ricoh - too bad. A lot of camera for the dough!

 
4.0

Pentax mx-1

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from Denver Colorado  -  Photo Enthusiast

I was looking for a compact camera to use when it was not convenient to use my DSLR. While it will only fit in a larger pocket it is still considered a compact. It is quite heavy though compared to most compacts so if something of a mass bouncing around in your pocket bothers you a case on a belt will do. This is truly a great camera. It is loaded with features comparable to my Pentax K-5. As many reviews state it is a bit slow writing to the card especially in RAW but in my opinion the 2 seconds or so that it takes are not too bad. The focus though is quite fast and accurate. The pictures are sharp and the lens focal length is more than adequate for most situations. Although it does not have a viewfinder the LCD screen is clear and bright. The fast aperture (1.8 to 2.5) is a real plus. Overall I found a camera I can use for lots of years. The only real drawback for me is the size. For the money though this kind of quality cannot be touched in a smaller camera so what is given up in size is more than made up for in features, versatility and image quality.

 
4.0

Awesome camera

By

from California  -  Casual Photographer

This isn't the lightest or smallest camera to carry around, but I like the heft of the brass plates used in the build of the camera. The way the paint wears off to show off the brass will be something cool I'll be expecting as I use the camera. There's no viewfinder, but considering I wear glasses and they always seem to get in my way, I don't particularly miss it. The macro is quiet impressive. The lens can focus as close as 1cm, and the zoom, digital I think?, gets you x1.95. My photo is a close up of a silver quarter at maximum zoom. The lens are not capable of much zoom, but that's the tradeoff for the wide aperture at both wide and tele. One thing that really bugged me are the lug mounts. Where they are located makes the camera tilt upwards rather than hang flush with your body. I have no clue what Pentax/Ricoh was thinking... The camera doesn't seem to use a standard USB port of some variant to connect to a PC, so replacing a cable won't be as easy as using another USB cable, which I have plenty of. After taking a photo, the camera is a bit slow to write to memory. Not only that, it can often lock oyu out of doing anything else for the next 1-2 seconds. Overall, I love my new camera and hope to have years of fun with it.

 
4.0

Great camera

By

from Mokena, Il  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great carry camera. I use it to replace my SLR when I need to travel light. Image quality is very good, easy to handle. Gives you creative control over your picture taking. Great built quality.

 
5.0

Great Little Camera

By

from Chicago  -  Casual Photographer

Very easy to use, great jpgs and solid build.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent advanced point & shoot camera

By

from Baltimore, MD  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use the MX-1 as a lightweight backup camera when I do not want to carry the K-5 and lenses. The high quality and fast lens of the MX-1 produces sharp and detailed images. I especially like the macro function of the camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Amazing product and features

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from Landover Hills, MD  -  Photo Enthusiast

MX1 is compact which is one of its many advantages.The tilt screen and manual mode very useful to me. It feels like a well thought out product.Thanks Pentax/Richo and Adorama for a painless purchase decision.No regrets at all!

 
5.0

Amazing sharp pictures

By

from South Florida  -  Photo Enthusiast

For the price, I don't think you can get a more capable compact camera. The HDR mode and the Night Handheld modes are great also.

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