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Pentax MX-1 review

How appealing is this retro-styled premium compact?

Pentax MX 1 review

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Switching to macro focusing allows you to get close in on subjects and fill the frame. It also helps to produce shallow depth of field effects.

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Generally metering does a good job of helping the camera to produce accurate exposures with plenty of highlight and shadow detail.

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Generally, focusing is quick and accurate, locking onto subjects with ease.

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The Pentax MX-1 has a reasonably wide angle of view at the widest point of its optic, lending itself well to a variety of shooting conditions.

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A 4x optical zoom provides some scope for flexibility, though it's not the longest available on the market. Images captured at the telephoto end display a good level of detail, especially in good light.

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The colours produced by the MX-1 are nicely saturated and vibrant, without being over the top.

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Images shot at high ISOs, such as ISO 1600, display a fairly high amount of noise, and some lack of detail. The camera also has a tendency to produce overly warm tones under artificial light.

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, Electronic
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
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 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.

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