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A wonderful camera,
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This review is from: Pentax MX1 Expert Compact Digital Camera - Silver (12 MP, 4x Optical Zoom) 3 inch Tilt LCD (Camera)
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.
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. Something that cannot be done with my LX7,fujifilm HS50 EXR or any other compact camera I owned before.
2. In shutter priority mode, one has the option to slow down the shutter and more importantly to even revert to "Bulb" mode where the shutter stays open for as long as the photographer wishes."Bulb" in a compact bridge camera!!! This is just fantastic!
I have yet to see the above two points to any other point&shoot or bridge camera.
Well done Pentax !!!
I have been using the camera for a while now. It is indeed a pleasure to use and hold. The lens is indeed very sharp at all focal lengths.
Unfortunately,though if you are one of those shooters who like shooting panoramic images, don't look here. It's 2 panoramic modes (Digital Panorama & Digital wide ) are a joke. So basic and primitive. Nothing compared to the automation and ease of panoramic modes in other cameras. It will take more effort, skill and lots of luck to be able to successfully create a panoramic image. Better learn the technique and stitch in Photoshop or some other program.
Another thing that I didn't like is that in HDR mode it won't even let you change the aperture you want to shoot with.