The Pentax MX-1 is a new, retro-styled point and shoot camera with a 1/1.7″ sensor inside at 12MP resolution. It has a robust body, complete with a brass top that will add some character to individual units as they age.
Geared toward prosumers, the MX-1 offers RAW image capture and a fast, f/1.8-2.5 aperture on the 4x zoom lens. And, the 3″ LCD articulates, which makes high and low viewing easier.
When I picked up the Pentax MX-1 for the first time, I was surprised at just how big it is. The MX-1 rivals the size of some compact mirrorless cameras. So, it’s certainly not a front-pocket camera if you’re wearing skinny jeans.
Reading the press sheet earlier this week, I didn’t think I would care much for the camera. Putting hands on it though, it’s quite a nice point and shoot camera. As I started operating it and snapping frames, I liked it even better.
I’ve got nothing to say on image quality because the unit I handled was a pre-production model; however, the feature set seemed to be pretty smooth throughout.
The fast lens is a solid feature for low light use and the autofocus is very fast. AF tracking for subjects and faces appeared to be spot on.
Additionally, the shot-to-shot speed is nice with standard continuous mode at 1.57fps (for approx. 37 frames) and up to a high speed burst option at 4.21fps (capped at 10 frames).
The one thing I noticed missing was a ISO hot shoe, which is found on several of the MX-1’s category competitors. Instead, the MX-1 is equipped solely with a pop-up flash.
Overall though, I had a very positive first-impression of the Pentax MX-1 and look forward to hopefully getting more time with the camera later for a full evaluation of its performance as a prosumer point and shoot. At $500, the MX-1 is not a cheap model; however, it stacks up against the likes of the Canon G15, Fuji X20 and Nikon P7700, which are priced in the same range for the same prosumer target audience.
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