Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Small Sensor Compact. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Pentax and Fujifilm. Models we are reviewing in this article have different types of sensors, Thus, Pentax MX-1 is equipped with a 12.0 MP CMOS sensor. Fujifilm X20, on the contrary, features CMOS X-TRANS II sensor with a resolution of 12.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Pentax MX-1 and Fujifilm X20 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Pentax MX-1 Key Features:
Fujifilm X20 Key Features:
|Wireless Connectivity||Eye-Fi Connected vs No||Better connectivity|
|Flash Range||12 vs 7||5 better flash range|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/4000||Faster shutter speed|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.8″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots vs 460k dots||50% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||290 shots vs 270 shots||20 more frames with a single charge|
|Sensor Area||58.08 mm2 vs 41.52 mm2||28.5% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||12 fps vs Yes fps||11 fps faster|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Weight||353 g vs 391 g||38 g lighter|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots | 460k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP | 12.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
|Battery Life||290 shots | 270 shots||Low battery life|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Pentax MX-1 and Fujifilm X20 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Fujifilm X20 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 38g less than the Pentax MX-1. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Pentax MX-1 and Fujifilm X20 any different in terms of sensor type?
Take a look below to find the comparison of Pentax MX-1 and Fujifilm X20 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Fujifilm X20 is equipped with a sensor that is 0.7x larger than the one featured in Pentax MX-1. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Pentax MX-1 and Fujifilm X20 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Pentax MX-1||Fujifilm X20|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Pentax MX-1 or Fujifilm X20, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Pentax MX-1 and Fujifilm X20 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Pentax MX-1 deserves a higher Total Score than the Fujifilm X20. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Pentax MX-1||Fujifilm X20|
|Announced||Jul 01, 2013||Apr 29, 2013|
|Sensor Type||CMOS||CMOS X-TRANS II|
|Sensor Dimensions||7.44 x 5.58 mm||8.8 x 6.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||41.52 mm2||58.08 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000||4000 x 3000|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||25||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Tilting||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.0 fps||12.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Speed sync, Trailing Curtain sync||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||391 g||353 g|
|Physical Dimensions||122 x 61 x 51 mm||117 x 70 x 57 mm|
|Battery Life||290 shots||270 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|