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Pentax MX-1 review

How appealing is this retro-styled premium compact?

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Pentax MX-1 with the Olympus XZ-2, Canon PowerShot S110 and Panasonic LX7.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Pentax MX1 review

This chart shows that JPEG files from the Pentax MX-1 have a weaker signal to noise ratio than those from the Canon PowerShot S110 and Panasonic LX7 at every sensitivity setting, but are stronger than the Olympus XZ-2 at settings up to ISO 3200, after which it falls slightly behind.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Pentax MX1 review

Here, the Pentax MX-1's TIFF images (after conversion from raw) again show a weaker signal to noise ratio than those from the Canon PowerShot S110 at every sensitivity. This time though, they are stronger than the Panasonic LX7's images. The Pentax's TIFFs show greater signal to noise ratio than the Olympus XZ-2's at ISO 100-200, but at higher sensitivities they are outdone by the Olympus's.

JPEG dynamic range

Pentax MX1 review

JPEG results for dynamic range are much less spread out than those for signal to noise ratio, with the Pentax MX-1's JPEGs starting out showing a greater range than those from the Canon PowerShot S110 and Panasonic LX7 and a smaller range than those from the Olympus XZ-2. However, after ISO 800 the Pentax and Olympus's images drop off, falling behind the Canon and Panasonic for the rest of the range, producing similar results to one another.

Raw dynamic range

Pentax MX1 review

Finally, this chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Pentax MX-1 again by showing a slightly smaller dynamic range than those from the Olympus XZ-2, while showing a slightly greater range than those from the Canon PowerShot S110, and a significantly stronger range than those from the Panasonic LX7. Results drop off suddenly at ISO 800, falling behind the Olympus and Canon, before peaking again at ISO 1600 to produce to strongest range of the group. The Pentax results bounce up and down again at the higher settings, alternating between first and second place, and always staying well ahead of the Panasonic.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
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, Electronic
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
Flash Memory Capacity75.30 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
Battery Model SupportedD-LI106
Height61 mm
Width121.9 mm
Depth50.8 mm
Autofocus Points25
Focal Length6 mm to 24 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelMX-1
Product NameMX-1 Compact Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number12621
Manufacturer Website Address
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.

Battery Life290 Shot/1.50 Hour Video
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
Display Resolution920000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone