Pentax MX-1 Review

Overall 46
Imaging 15
Features 42
Size 80
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/1.7" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 122 x 61 x 51 mm
  • Weight: 391 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Pentax MX-1 Summary

This review is devoted to MX-1 that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Jul 01, 2013. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #92 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 46/100 and it takes a rank of #294 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Pentax MX-1 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax MX-1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F1.8-2.5
  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 208
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 25
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Pentax MX-1 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax MX-1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Pentax MX-1

Pentax MX-1 has the following external dimensions 122 x 122 x 51 mm (48.03 x 24.02 x 20.08″) with the weight of 391 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Pentax MX-1, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Pentax MX-1 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 51mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax MX-1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax MX-1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax MX-1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Pentax MX-1 — 290 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Pentax MX-1 — 51 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Pentax MX-1 — 391 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Pentax MX-1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Pentax MX-1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Pentax MX-1 Photo and Sensor Features

Pentax MX-1 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Pentax MX-1 has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Pentax MX-1 features a 12.0 MP 1/1.7" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Pentax MX-1, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 49 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Pentax MX-1’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Pentax MX-1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/1.7" sensor featured in Pentax MX-1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Pentax MX-1

LCD and ViewFinder

Pentax MX-1 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Pentax MX-1 are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, MX-1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, MX-1 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Pentax MX-1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Pentax MX-1 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Pentax MX-1 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Pentax MX-1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect MX-1 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Pentax MX-1 provides a shooting life of 290, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Compact category, Pentax MX-1 offers the highest battery life that reaches 290 shots.

How Good is Pentax MX-1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax MX-1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax MX-1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the MX-1 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Pentax MX-1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax MX-1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax MX-1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Pentax MX-1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax MX-1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 37. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax MX-1 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (122 x 61 x 51 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/1.7"(7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Pentax MX-1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax MX-1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 55. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax MX-1 can be called a 55 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (25)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (208)
  • Small battery life (290 shots)

Pentax MX-1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax MX-1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax MX-1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Big size (122 x 61 x 51 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder

Pentax MX-1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax MX-1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 66. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax MX-1 can be called a 66 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (11.3)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (208)

Pentax MX-1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Pentax
Model MX-1
Announced Jul 01, 2013
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 920k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 12
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Speed sync, Trailing Curtain sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 49
DxO Color Depth 20.4
DxO Dynamic Range 11.3
DxO Low Light ISO 208
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/1.7"
Sensor Dimensions 7.44 x 5.58 mm
Sensor Area 41.52 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 25
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 391 g
Physical Dimensions 122 x 61 x 51 mm
Battery Life 290 shots
Battery Type 290 shots
Battery Model D-Li-106
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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