PENTAX MX-1 HANDS-ON – Blunty Does CES

Pentax MX-1, announced at CES 2013 and carrying on Pentax‘s bold attitude toward design and producing interesting cameras to capture imagination and inspire photographers… I was caught by the rare charm of the quirky Pentax Q, and the MX-1 may just have be singing Pentax‘s praises again…

Classically Crafted, Contemporary Quality

With its genuine brass covers and advanced digital compact capabilities, the PENTAX MX-1 is where craft design meets contemporary quality. The MX-1’s fast F1.8-2.5 lens, 4X zoom and large 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor allow for bright everyday imagery inside a stylish body. As its brass wears with time, feel the good old days come back to life in your images of today with the PENTAX MX-1.

DSLR-like features in a compact body

This compact camera includes DSLR-like features such as textured mode dials, an exposure adjustment dial, In-body RAW development capability, HDR shooting and Custom images modes.

Beautifully crafted, genuine brass covers

Beautiful design is made to resemble a classic film camera; with its genuine brass covers and metal accents for a refined finish.

Fast and bright, wide-aperture smc PENTAX lens at F1.8-2.5

Enjoy a fast and bright, wide-aperture smc PENTAX lens at F1.8-2.5 for outstanding depth of field control and beautiful bokeh.

1/1.7’ Backlit 12 megapixel CMOS sensor

This high-end compact is equipped with a 1/1.7 inch, 12 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor for exceptional performance.

4X optical zoom ideal for everyday use

This 4X optical zoom features a versatile range for shooting at 28-112mm in the 35mm format, making it ideal for everyday use. The four-element aspherical lens corrects for various optical aberrations, ensuring sharp images free of ghosting and flaring throughout the entire range.

PENTAX body-based Sensor-shift & Pixel Track Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization

Dual PENTAX body-based Sensor-shift & Pixel Track Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system effectively compensates for camera shake and ensures sharp, blur-free images and video, even in the most shake-prone and low lighting conditions.

ISO up to 12800

Shoot in any lighting condition with excellent high sensitivity performance throughout a wide dynamic range, with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 12800.

Fast Face Detection

Create the perfect group shot or a gorgeous portrait with Fast Face Detection technology, as it quickly finds up to 32 subjects in any scene for impeccably focused and exposed faces. This technology also includes Smile Capture and Blink Detection functions, as well as exposure modes specifically designed for portrait photography and even Pet photography.

Large 3-inch 920K pixel tilt LCD screen

The large, high-resolution 3-inch 920K pixel LCD screen can be tilted up or down for easy viewing and shooting from difficult angles. Menus are straightforward and user-friendly, and make use of a Dual-axis electronic level gauge for horizontal and vertical shooting.

1080p h.264 HD video

Capture full 1920 X 1080p resolution HD video with efficient, high quality h.264 compression at 30 frames per second. Also, make use of an HDMI port to allow smooth and functional output of high definition images, video and sound to HDTVs. Enjoy creative movie playback features, such as High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback and Time-lapse Movie mode for fast-forward playback.

1cm macro mode

Photograph tiny details in life-size with a 1cm macro mode, allowing you to focus on the smallest of subjects from as close as 1cm from the front of the camera lens. This is the perfect feature for taking beautiful shots of plants and insects.”

Pentax MX-1 key features;
12MP backlit CMOS sensor
4x 28-112mm equivalent F1.8-2.5 lens
ISO 100-12800
3.0 inch, 920K dot LCD screen
JPEG, RAW (DNG), RAW+JPEG capture
1080p 30fps video recording with stereo microphones
Rear control dial and EV dial
Pentax SLR-like interface
HDR mode