Pentax MX-1 - A New Retro-Styled Compact Camera (Part 2)

6/24/2013 5:19:02 PM


The additional sample images and product photos are available in the device’s database, you can add your own reviews, photos and product reviews.

The sample images

The sample photos from the Pentax MX-1

The sample photos from the Pentax MX-1

The dynamic range seems to be good, and can be enhanced by using the shadow mode of the camera and outstanding adjustment options. Colors are bright and bold, and pictures with the flash show that it is vital to adjust red-eye effects in photos of our experiment.

Lens quality

Experimental photos from the Pentax MX-1’s lens

Experimental photos from the Pentax MX-1’s lens

The process of adjusting the distortion of the image paying attention to the deformation style distortion and pincushion distortion boxes: Purple fringing is quite high, and slight chromatic aberrations can be seen in some images. The process of taking great macro camera can focus on subjects just 1cm away from the front of the lens. The detail is quite good even at wide angle, or shot with telephoto images. Details are also good in the corners of the image, as long as you do not shoot in extended mode. The vignette image is not seen the sun and also reliable.

ISO image noise level

ISO tested images from the Pentax MX-1

ISO tested images from the Pentax MX-1

The image noise is low at ISO 100, and increases to ISO 200. The noise increases to ISO 400 and drops back again at ISO 800, but the detail is still very good. The noise becomes quite strong at ISO 1600, but the details are still pretty good. At ISO 3200 the details of the noise levels are more strongly affected. The level of noise is so strong at ISO 6400 and this setting mode and the above is best to be avoided, unless you want to resize your images.

Efficient white balance

Photos with white balance from the Pentax MX-1

Photos with white balance from the Pentax MX-1

The automatic white balance (AWB) works well, although there are two options for AWB under tungsten lighting, with choices of adjustable power mode, or subtle adjustments, with subtle adjustments to the warm images. There are a number of fluorescent presets available to suit a variety of fluorescent lighting effects, and AWB fulfills its duties under fluorescent light.

The tested photo with white balance

The tested photo with white balance

Panorama mode

The panorama mode lets you capture three images and you have to arrange them using an overlay of the previous image, after taking three, the camera strings them together, although the results will be different depending on the way you can arrange them.

Digital Filters

Digital Filters in the Pentax MX-1

Digital Filters in the Pentax MX-1

Scene modes: The camera scene has normal modes, but there are also handheld night shots, straight shots, wide digital modes (which add two to have a portrait image with extremely wide angles), and panorama.

Options / Playback effects, including image rotation, stretching, small face filter, collage, digital filters, HDR, original frames, RAW processing, video editing, red-eye correction , resize, and crop images. There are 15 sets of digital filter effects including B & W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Color Extract, emphasized Color, High Contrast, starburst, soft, fish-eye, brightness, zoom, thin ( long), and color inversion. Some of these are shown above, and can be combined in-camera before saving.

The HDR option as standard has the strong mode 1 and 2. The HDR images are best when used with a tripod, otherwise the results can be quite soft. Customized image have some preset modes include Bright, Natural, Vibrant, Reversal Film, Monochrome, and you can set saturation, hue, contrast and sharpness.


Both time-lapse mode and high-speed videos are recorded at VGA resolution (640x480), and the only sound characteristics. The Optical zoom mode is available while recording full HD videos, although in video mode you cannot use the video button to begin recording a video, instead you use the shutter button, and the noise from the receiver Optical zoom is pretty big.


The Pentax MX-1 is available on the market for $598.5; this price seems moderate, in the middle of the range than other compact cameras. Other products to consult with bright lenses include the Olympus XZ-2, the Panasonic Lumix LX7, the Canon Powershot G15, the Nikon Coolpix P7700, and the Fujifilm FinePix X10.


The Pentax MX-1 has made the point in the office, with some who like the style and some who do not care about the classic look. It is definitely a unique look camera, looking like a vintage camera completed with silver and black colors. The camera becomes better with a rubber grip at the front and back, which creates a style for the camera, although it is quite heavy when held. Although the camera has room for a flash hot-shoe, but it has not been fitted, and a number of competitors have already offered this feature.

Currently it is in the more expensive high-end segment of the market and provides high image quality and manual controls. While there are a few flaws in some features, such as the HDR feature that we seem to want it to work better, the camera offers a lot of customizations and editing features in the camera, without having to handle images on your computer. This feature can be a good choice, especially if you want to get images from your camera without using a computer to adjust the image accordingly. The camera also offers some unique options like video and time-lapse video, high-speed sound.


·         Metal top and bottom plates

·         Excellent macro performance

·         Dual axis electronic level

·         Rubber grip front and back

·         Time lapse / High speed video with sound

·         Lots of Digital Filters / Effects

·         Bright f/1.8 4x optical zoom lens


·         Lack of flash hot-shoe

·         Competitors have additional controls around lens, etc.

·         Large and heavy

·         HDR / panoramic stitching not great

·         Slow write times


·         The Pentax MX-1 is a uniquely digital camera with retro style capable of producing bright and colorful images.



·         Lens max aperture: f/1.8 – f/2.5

·         Lens 35mm equivalent: 28 – 112 mm

·         Optical zoom: 4x

·         CCD pixels: 12 MP

·         Pixels (W): 4000

·         Pixel (H): 3000

·         Sensor Type: Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I)

·         Sensor Size: 1/1.7 inch

·         Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1

·         LCD Monitor: 3-inch

·         Screen resolution: 920k dots

·         Touch Screen: No

·         Min Focus: 1 cm

·         Focusing modes: autofocus, manual, spot, face detection, multi, center, snap, infinity, AF Tracking

·         Shortest shutter speeds: 1/8000 sec

·         Longest shutter speeds: 30 sec

·         EXP modes: program, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, manual, scene modes, program variable

·         Metering: center-weighted – Average, multi pattern, spot

·         ISO sensitivity: 100 – 12800

·         White balance: auto, manual, outdoors, daylight, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent, shade, flash

·         Exposure comp: +/- 2

·         Movie mode: yes

·         Video resolution: 1920x1080, 1280x720 720p

·         Video FPS: 30fps

·         Stereo sound: yes

·         Optical zoom with video: yes

·         Image stabilization: yes

·         HDMI: yes

·         USB: USB 2

·         Wi-Fi: no

·         Card types: SD, SDHC, SDXC

·         File types: RAW, JPG, RAW + JPG

·         Battery type: Lithium-Ion D-LI6

·         CIPA Rating: 290

·         Weight: 363 g

·         Width: 122.5 mm

·         Height: 60 mm

·         Depth: 51.5 mm


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