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Pentax MX-1 review

How appealing is this retro-styled premium compact?

As part of our image quality testing for the Pentax MX-1, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Pentax MX-1 is capable of resolving up to around 18 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

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Pentax MX1 review

Full ISO 100 image, see the cropped (100%) versions below.

Pentax MX1 review

ISO 100, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 200, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax MX1 review

ISO 400, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax MX1 review

ISO 800, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax MX1 review

ISO 1600, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax MX1 review

ISO 3200, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax MX1 review

ISO 6400, score: 10 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax MX1 review

ISO 12800, score: n/a (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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Pentax MX1 review

ISO 100, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax MX1 review

ISO 200, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax MX1 review

ISO 400, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax MX1 review

ISO 800, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax MX1 review

ISO 1600, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax MX1 review

ISO 3200, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax MX1 review

ISO 6400, score: 10 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Pentax MX1 review

ISO 12800, score: n/a (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NamePentax
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Face Detection, Pet Detection, Smile Detection, Blink Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)362.9 g
Image Sensor Size1/1.7" (7.60 mm x 5.70 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height61 mm
Width121.9 mm
Depth50.8 mm
Focal Length6 mm to 24 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelMX-1
Product NameMX-1 Compact Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number12621
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
Marketing Information

Classically Crafted, Contemporary Quality

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.

Package Contents
  • MX-1 Compact Camera
  • USB Cable I- USB
  • Rechargeable battery Li-Ion D-LI106
  • Battery charger D-BC106
  • Strap
  • Software Media S-SWxx
Limited Warranty1 Year