New Pentax Compact Camera, the MX1

Just when I thought my next camera could be the Pentax Q, Pentax announces a new compact camera, the MX-1, which seems to offer some compelling new features for a small handheld compact camera.

This of course has a built in lens, and therefore isn’t as versatile as the Q. However, the 28-112mm equivalent lens is a bright zoom, going form F1.8 to F2.5. This is brighter than the zoom on the Q10. Coupled with a new, slightly larger sensor at 1/1.7″, could offer a better quality of picture over the Q with a zoom lens. The other notable feature is a tilting 960K pixel LCD screen. This camera is cheaper than the Q10 with a zoom. Not sure how it compares on size and weight, but seems to be worth a look.

Details are as follows:

What I find interesting about the various sites that have posted on this camera, is the comments attacking it as being outdated, too little too late etc. While I agree on paper the specs are short of the Sony RX100 or some of the other cameras on the market, I will wait to try one before judging whether Pentax missed the mark on this one. I was quite excited about the Sony RX100 until I picked one up at the Sony Store. the flash seemed flimsy, and the overall feel of the camera was less than inspiring. I am sure the pictures are very good, but there is more to a camera than picture quality. If it doesn’t feel right in your hand, it makes taking good picture challenging. Also, if it is difficult to use or awkward to adjust settings etc, then the use of the camera is limited.

I have used Pentax DSLRs since 2005 and a Canon S95 for two years. Both have a good feel about them, in addition to taking excellent pictures.

I will update this review once I have tried the MX-1 in the store.


About petergsimmons

Global citizenship is conferred on those who have lived in a variety of countries, and who don’t identify with any one culture. I am such a person. Having lived in Jamaica, Canada and Japan, I have been exposed to First World/Third World, East and West, North and South. This has lead to a rich living experience, open-mindedness and curiosity about the world around me. This variety of living conditions in human landscapes is coupled with equally diverse travels in natural landscapes from the jungles of South East Asia and South America to the Arctic tundra; tropical beaches to the Himalayas, resulting in an incredible journey through life itself.
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2 Responses to New Pentax Compact Camera, the MX1

  1. Any updates? I’m interested in this camera and having a hometown review always feels more legit.

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