Pentax MX-1 12MP f/1.8mm Point and Shoot Compact Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Silver)
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- 1/1.7-Inch 12 mega pixel back -illuminated CMOS sensor for exceptional performance
- A 4X optical zoom (28-112mm in 35mm format) at f1.8-2.5 for outstanding depth of field control and beautiful bokeh
- Large, hi resolution 3 inch 920k pixel LCD screen can be tilted up or down for easy viewing and shooting from difficult angles
- Dual PENTAX body based sensor shift & pixel track shake reduction stabilization system ensures sharp, blur free images and video, even in dim lighting.
- Full 1920 x 1080 HD video with h.264 compression with HDMI out port
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Pentax is an internationally acclaimed brand of electronic devices and cameras. It has a wide range of superior cameras that are equipped with multiple attractive features. Pentax MX-1 12MP Point and Shoot Camera has a classy design and is inspired by retro film cameras. It comes in a beautiful colour combination of silver and black. This camera by Pentax smartly incorporates this vintage design with multiple advanced features, which are described below.
Superior Lens with 4X Optical Zoom:
This Pentax Camera comes with an excellent lens that provides 4x optical zoom. It is equipped with a backlit CMOS sensor, which helps you to click sharp, clear images of higher resolutions.
920k Pixel Tilted LCD Screen:
The 3-inch wide LCD screen of this Pentax camera can be tilted for easy shooting and viewing from different angles. It displays images up to the resolution of 920K pixels. Hence, this display screen provides you with a clear, real life view of the scene while you shoot or click your subject.
This fabulously designed camera provides excellent quality pictures with its multiple modes. It enables 1920x1080 pixels full HD video recording. It also provides an extraordinary sound quality while shooting videos, thanks to the stereo microphones. When clicking images, the HDR mode adds a wider dynamic range to the pictures by enhancing and balancing the light effects. The effective sensors of this camera ensure sharp, blur-free images and videos, even in extreme lowlight conditions. Hence, if you want to make a bright career in photography, this Pentax camera is all you need.
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I like the image quality, its ISO range (100-12,800), the fast 1.8-2.5 lens, and the DUAL sensor Shake Reduction that allows me to take shots in low light or slow speeds, without blurring. Also remember it has the best ISO performance "for under $500" according to Dxomark ([...]
I've found the tiltable screen to be a great feature for street photography, as I can tilt it and make like I'm reviewing or fiddling with the buttons, and make the shot surreptitiously without disturbing people ;)
The filters included (B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Extract Color, Fish Eye, Miniature, etc.) are fun to use (up to 20 filters can be combined and applied to the same image according to the user manual).
It also has a RAW development feature but I prefer to do it in my laptop.
HDR has worked very good at night and in landscapes and three modes are available: Standard, Strong 1, and Strong 2.
The 1cm macro is wonderful and I've enjoyed it shooting flowers and insects with very good results.
I take one star off for a few reasons:
1) the MX-1 can't take filters and I would like to use a polarizing, and permanently put an UV to protect the lens.
2) I find it annoying when I turn on the camera when the cap is on and I get a "Please confirm the lens cap is removed" message, and the camera then turns off. Maybe it can be corrected with a new firmware release. UPDATE: I NOTICED THAT THIS FEATURE CAN PREVENT THE LENS FROM ACCIDENTALLY EXTENDING WHEN INSIDE A CASE OR BAG! so it can be a good thing after all...
3) A hot shoe for a flash or external mic would've been a good addition.
I really hope Pentax releases a filter adapter (if possible), a good protector case, and more optional accessories for this camera.
P.S. By the way, I don't know why up to date (March 14th 2013), the MX-1 is not mentioned in Pentax's japanese website! maybe Japan is not the target of this camera??? (Update: On April 9th, MX-1 appeared on the mentioned website)
Update March 24th: Saving files when shooting in RAW is slow and a "Data being recorded" message appears in the screen and the camera freezes until the process finishes. I've made some tests with class 6 and class 10 cards and I've found that the fastest the card the better the writing speed -as one can expect- but even with a very fast card (Sandisk Pro 95mb/s), the message still appears. So that makes me think that the camera's algorithm is the culprit.
Also there is a "Deleting" message that appears every time I delete a photo and it takes like a second to disappear from the screen.
I'm sure a firmware update can change this and make the camera faster.
Update April 20th: 1) The MX-1 is really good for street photography! (I've done some more shots in public parks and the camera reacted fast focusing and taking the shot)
2) In bright sunny days photos have a blue cast that I think is because of the UV rays.
3) Some third-party lens adapters have appeared for the MX-1. Also, a few leather half camera cases are available now.
Update May 6th: I video recorded a full rock concert (stopping after each song) and the battery (previously full charged) drained in a approximately 1 1/2 hours. It wasn't an issue as I took a couple of spare batteries with me. The recording was made in full HD, and the image & sound quality turned out very good.
Update July 4th 2015: My MX-1 is still going on making travel, family, rock concerts and everything in between photos and videos! I dropped it once (from a height of 4 to 5 feet) and felt hard over the LCD screen... I was very worried but it survived safe and sound! :)
The Pentax battery (that came with the camera) is now losing charge faster than before, but surprisingly my spare battery: Wasabi battery (http://amzn.to/1RaM9E9) is still doing very good. I bought them both at the same time.
I'm usually getting compliments for the camera, for it's looks and great images, photo & video. The loud rock concerts are recorded very well without annoying saturation and/or distortion from the bass guitar, etc.
UPDATE September 2015: My experience with this little gem's been so good that I jumped into the Pentax wagon and now I own a K3II DSLR with two Pentax lenses (50mm f/1.8, 10-17mm fisheye) and a Tamron lens (18-200mm).
And by the way, my MX-1 is still producing great images!
UPDATE July 4th 2016: This little buddy is still going on performing like in the first day I got it. It's my walk around camera and have been my companion in my latest trips around my country. Also with the M-X1 I've been making and uploading images to photostock websites and they've been approved.
I would've liked Pentax to released a firmware update to speed up writing and get rid of "Data being processed" message that put the camera on hold for a couple of seconds specially when making RAW photos but apart from that and a couple more features here and there, I'm very pleased with this camera.
UPDATE October 5, 2016: ¡My MX-1 in Machu Picchu, Peru! It felt very hard over a rock on the floor and... survived! Just some marks on the top brass and some scratches and little chips in the LCD screen plastic frame. I'm very impressed by its construction and durability and more than happy to have purchased this little gem more than three years ago. The camera performed very well during my trip. Great!
I mostly just want to post a review regarding the battery life. It is FREAKISHLY long. I took an 11 day tour to China and took my Pentax and two extra batteries. I only changed batteries twice. I took over 4,000 photos and a handful of videos. After the first few days, I stopped charging my battery because it simply was not necessary.
As far as photos go, the Pentax performs well. There are plenty of settings to play with for the best outcome. It got compliments cosmetically and performance-wise everywhere we went. Does great with macro.
My only complaint is that there is a slight delay when turning the system on in auto mode in the intention of taking a quick snap. Sometimes it will take so much time to register that you have pressed the button (just after start-up) that the camera will take a photo a second or two later, after you've missed your moment and are already moping, camera pointed at your shoes.
As soon as I took this camera out you could feel and see the quality.
The first pictures I took were just amazing and that was just using the auto settings!
The bokeh was quite noticeable right away too. See the pictures I uploaded.
Thing is this camera has exactly the features I was looking for whereas the other cameras were missing one or more of the areas I was looking for which were.
#1 f/1.8 wide aperture lens
#2 macro capability 3cm or less
#3 Raw support
#4 Very good maximum light sensitivity for low light conditions
#5 Long exposures of 30 sec at least for basic nighttime star photography and silky water scenes
#6 small enough to carry in coat pocket
Can't wait to read the thick manual and actually learn how to use this thing properly and see how much more stunning my pictures can be!
UPDATE: Almost 3 years later and I still carry this thing everywhere I go in my backpack. Think I've pretty much mastered everything on it now and I think recent pictures I've taken with it should show from original ones I posted here. Thing is rugged I must say even though it's not weather proof I've taken it to the beach and sailing hundreds of times now without a problem. Few things still bug me though: wish had EVF(electronic viewfinder) for very bright or sunny situations since still pretty hard to see screen and what you are shooting in those cases; RAW shooting still pretty slow even the fastest SD cards which can be big deal if you don't like shooting in jpg. If you shoot jpg can shoot high burst continuous until card fills up pretty much. The exposure compensation dial moves too easy. I noticed this after looking at some shots and wondering why they were too bright or dark. After that I made sure to always check the dial to make sure it wasn't accidently moved, which is easy to do. Also make sure to clean it after using it at the beach. I got sand all over the camera and it was preventing the lens from opening and closing till I was able to get rid of all the sand that got in the grooves of the lens which was causing the problem.