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Pentax MX1 Expert Compact Digital Camera - Black (12 MP, 4x Optical Zoom) 3 inch Tilt LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • 1/1.7” Back-illuminated 12 MP CMOS sensor
  • Bright 4X wide-angle zoom lens F1.8-2.5
  • Sensor-shift Shake Reduction
  • PASM modes
  • Large 3’’ tilt-able LCD monitor

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Colour Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 12.2 x 6 cm ; 363 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 721 g
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  • Item model number: 12621
  • ASIN: B00AYAQM3U
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Jan. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,058 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Pentax MX-1

The PENTAX MX-1 digital compact camera features a 4 x Optical Zoom lens with a maximum aperture of F1.8 to F2.5. Thanks to this large maximum aperture, it delivers sharp, high-quality images even in dimly lit locations, while making it possible to produce beautifully blurred backgrounds for portraiture and still-life photography.

Large-aperture, 4 x Optical Zoom lens, ideal for low-light shooting and high-quality image definition

The PENTAX MX-1 features a 4 x Optical Zoom lens offering a large maximum aperture of F1.8 to F2.5 and a 28mm wide-angle coverage (in the 35mm format). As the camera’s high performance assures sharp, well-defined images even when the zoom lens is set at maximum aperture and the widest angle of view, the photographer can use faster shutter speeds in dimly lit locations and take advantage of a beautiful bokeh (out-of-focus) effect in the background. The MX-1 also provides a 1cm Macro mode to capture dramatic close-up images of a subject from just one centimeter away, and an Intelligent Zoom function to extend the zoom coverage up to approximately 7.8 times (for a focal length of approximately 218mm in the 35mm format) without compromising image quality.

Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor to optimize image quality in high-sensitivity shooting

The MX-1 incorporates a newly designed back-illuminated CMOS image sensor. With a top sensitivity of ISO 12800 and approximately 12.0 effective megapixels, it boasts remarkable high-sensitivity, low-noise characteristics and assures high-speed image data readout to deliver super-high-resolution images. The MX-1 also features a state-of-the-art imaging engine. Supported by the latest Super Resolution technology, this engine offers outstanding image-processing performance to produce clear, high-quality images with well-defined details. In addition, its unique Handheld Night snap mode helps the photographer capture blur-free night-time images by taking multiple images at one time, then synthesizing them into a single composite picture.

Classic design reminiscent of film cameras

With its textured-rubber grip, and brass top and bottom panels that develop a distinctive appearance after years of use, the MX-1 offers a classic design reminiscent of traditional film cameras. It also features a number of metallic parts, including the lens ring, to complete the tasteful, high-class finish.

In-body RAW data development and dedicated exposure compensation dial for SLR operability and RAW DNG data capture

Thanks to a dedicated exposure compensation dial, the MX-1 assures user-friendly, direct-access shift of the exposure compensation setting without the need to recall the menu screen. It also features a mode dial for swift, effortless setting of 10 different shooting modes ranging from the hands-off Auto Picture and the all-purpose Programmed AE, to the more creative Aperture-priority AE, Shutter-priority AE and Metered Manual. As the result, the photographer is assured of outstanding creative freedom to choose the most appropriate shooting mode for a particular scene or subject without delay. What’s more, the MX-1 comes equipped with a host of SLR-standard features to optimize its operability, including advanced UI (user interface) functions, easy-to-access controls and in-body RAW data development.

Dual shake-reduction system to assure sharp, blur-free images

The MX-1’s dual shake-reduction system couples the PENTAX-developed sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a digital SR mode to more effectively compensate for annoying camera shake. This hybrid system assures the photographer of sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting with incidental light only in poorly lit locations, or photographing sunset scenes.

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Large, tilt-able LCD monitor

The MX-1 comes equipped with a large 3.0-inch, high-definition LCD monitor with approximately 920,000 dots. Its tilt-able design allows the photographer to adjust the monitor up and down and set it at the angle easiest for viewing. It also provides a clear view of images and menus displayed on the screen to assure a quick, effortless check of recorded images and swift, error-free setting changes.

Full HD-standard movie recording for extended recording of high-quality movies

Since the MX-1 features the Full HD movie recording function employing the H.264 recording format, the user can capture high-quality, extended movie clips (with 1920 x 1080 pixels, at a 16:9 aspect ratio, and at a frame rate of 30 frames per second). It provides a dedicated movie recording button on its top panel to instantly start recording a movie from any shooting mode. It even offers creative movie capture mode including a High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback and a Time-lapse Movie mode for fast-forward playback to make movie viewing more fun and exciting. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on the camera body for the output of recorded movies and sound to external devices.

Box Contains

USB Cable I–USB7
Rechargeable battery Li-Ion D-LI106
Battery charger D-BC106
AC plug cord D-CO24E
Strap O-ST130
Lens cap O-LC130
Software S-SW130
Pentax MX1 Expert Compact Digital Camera

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Georgios Lordos on 1 Dec. 2013
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The camera does everything is supposed to. Personally I like the size and weight of it. It makes me feel like I'm holding a real camera and not some kind of a toy, without the extra weight and size of my canon 7D which draws a lot of attention and muscles to carry around.
The lens is sharp and focuses quickly at all lengths. It is a little less sharp than the Leica one on my Panasonic LX7, but the results are fantastic. I have taken some wonderful pictures with it. I still struggle which one to take with me, the LX7 or the Pentax MX-1 but I feel the MX-1 will eventually be the winner due to its flip up or down screen.
I have taken out one star, due to its slow refresh rate. After taking a picture it takes a while for the camera to process the information and return back to a shooting status. Not a major delay with jpeg but noticeably slow when processing Raw files. Perhaps, a firmware update will take care of that. I would also like a hot shoe and the aperture control on a ring on the lens, like the LX7. All in all, a wonderful camera which I will always keep.

Update:05/01/2014
Two things that I came to appreciate about the camera and the company.
1. The fact that the camera lets you customize your own WB (white balance) in SCN mode (handheld night snap) where the camera takes a number of pictures in rapid succession, combining them internally into one thus reducing camera shake and noise.And it does that quite good. Usually one has to revert to this mode due to poor lighting conditions and in most cases "weird" one, due to most of the times, to many different kinds of lighting sources . Being able to adjust the WB in circumstances like that, to my opinion, is more than essential to any photographer.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Künz on 19 Nov. 2013
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So everybody is marvelling at the Rx100 (or the II if you will it so).Big sensor and all.
BUT
The lens on this one here is a beauty. About the same zoom range like the Sony and SHARP. Whatever Range, whatever distance (it is beautiful for macro although cannot beat my OMD with an old Konica lens and macroextensions).
The Handling is really good, and with a WIFI SD Card you can work on your pictures with snapseed (or instagram if you insist) on your mobile / pad.

Ok, although I am pretty much sold on this and want to keep it until the brass shows there are a few

CONS:
- Lenscap - ..... I mean really? This is especially annoying because the camera wont turn on with the Lenscap on. I mean it is literally pounding on the lenscap in the inside...Thankfully ebay offers some help in form of an automatically opening Lenscap - SOLVED,
- Panoramas - while in Theory a good function it broad daylight there is next to no chance to see the overlaying parts on the screen. So forget about it and try doing it with software.
- Size. It could be a tiny bit smaller. It is pretty thick AND wide. While I personally find the RX100 too small - I have seen friends (with bad technique) shooting lots of pretty slanted photos, which I can be atributed to it's size as well.
- Viewfinder - I got so used to it on my OMD so I had to go back to display framing on this one - and still miss a Viewfinder. The RX100 you can at least attach one.

Other than that it has brought me lots of shooting pleasure. It just does things right and the Aperture Range from 1.8 - 2.5 is soo usable. On the RX100 you have to stick to wide when it gets darker. Not on this one.

Just try it out and see if it is for you.

Me? I am so in the Market for a Pentax MX-2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KP on 1 Sept. 2014
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I am so pleasantly surprised by the performance of this camera! It has the smallest sensor in a camera I have ever looked at but certainly has been delivering the goods. Excellent image quality. Just type 'Pentax MX-1 flickr' into a search engine and look at the photos in the group pool to confirm. Beautiful, natural colour rendering (recommend RAW+ to get the most out of the files in Post Processing software). Full manual control possible, although, I prefer to use it in Aperture-Priority mode. Menu is very intuitive to set up, didn't even refer to the manual. You can even set the white balance! Macro mode is incredible..1cm! Possible to get good separation and pleasing bokeh. A real bonus to have zoom capability in such a small, carry everywhere package. In fact I've been having so much fun with it I've not picked up my DSLR since its delivery! Of course, low light photography is more challenging but considering the size of the sensor, even then it exceeded expectations..turn shake reduction on or if necessary, use 'night' mode. Good, balanced weight and quality feel due to its brass plates (top and bottom). Might be too bulky for a pocket but I get to carry it in a handbag! Looking forward to the paint wearing away for that 'real' retro camera look! Use a class 10 SD card to overcome the write time complaints, especially with RAW...for me, not a problem not being able to shoot like an automatic gun! Shutter 'off' is as stealthy as Fuji X100...totally quiet! All in all, couldn't be happier! Got me out an about again!
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