Pentax MX-1 Compact Digital Camera

If Tony Stark would own one camera to be with him in his missions, he would probably opt for the new MX-1 of Pentax. With the seamless attempt to sport a 1/1.7-inch sensor on a relatively small compact camera, the MX-1 of Pentax is one beautiful piece of a camera with SLR-like controls, full metal body, plus the inclusion of a Brass metal for the top and bottom parts, making the camera more attractive when worn out in time. No, this camera is not really stark-like in performance and features, but with the inclusion of some more advanced features like RAW and Adobe DNG support, super bright F1.8-2.5 lens with metal rings, a tilting LCD, and the said BSI CMOS sensor, the MX-1 is about to give a new face to the Pentax company.

With a body measuring 2.6×4.4×1.9 inches summing up to a 13.8oz body weight, the Pentax MX-1 is something not really small for the average-sized hands, nor is it too big to be sitting beside an entry-level DSLR. Shelled in a full metal casing, the camera feels very sturdy while maintaining ergonomics and ease of controls. While lacking in some essentials to many like a versatile hotshoe for accessories or a viewfinder, not to mention some modern features like wireless capabilities and touch-screen display, the MX-1 nevertheless boasts of its lesser-than-usual footprint while giving the ease of using the camera with one hand. Two dials are also available to make this camera more for the serious point-and-shooters: an exposure compensation dial and the expected mode dial, both of which are stiff enough for getting rid of those accidental slides.

The front of the Pentax MX-1 has nothing more than simplicity, with the lens itself, an infrared window, an AF light guide, and a very easy rubber coating on the body to enhance handling experience even without the usual rubber grip. On top of the camera, the MX-1 has the pop-up flash, two discreet holes for stereo microphones, a mode dial that includes HDR and video mode, a shutter button with the zoom trigger ringed around, a power button in between them, a direct video record button, plus the said exposure compensation dial that is slight recessed on the lower right edge of the camera. I love the way Pentax kept the two dials distant to let beginners enjoy the switching without confusions.

Though for some, the Pentax MX-1 seemed like it cramped its controls at the back, the opposite is quite true. Though the buttons are kept smaller and less embossed, the MX-1 speaks so much of the style of the company especially because of the Pentax Green button, one which reverts all settings to default which is quite useful to me. Other controls found at the back are a control dial for quickly adjusting time and aperture value. On the other hand, there’s also a quick access to exposure lock, focus modes, flash controls, drive modes, and ISO control. Ultimately, the MX-1 has the said tilting LCD in a 3:2 aspect ratio. It’s a bit of shame not to add the touch capability for a faster focusing and shutter control, considering how it only adjusts the angle on the y axis only, but the 921k-dot display compensates by reproducing lovely colored images, sharp enough for showing off the object’s details.

The Pentax MX-1 has its features rounded on its zoom lens. With an equivalence of 28-112mm at 4x optical zoom, the MX-1 sports a relatively fast lens performance even at f/1.8 maximum aperture at the 28mm end. The MX-1 does not really have that ultra-wide angle as those which offer a 24mm end, but with the combination of a sensor-shift and SR stabilization technology, plus an impressive noise reduction system with no grains even at ISO 1600, the MX-1 is a solid performer for low-light shooting and HDR capturing. The MX-1 also does 1080p videos, and if you ask how responsive this camera is, the MX-1 keeps up and ready at 1.5 seconds upon boot-up.

The Pentax MX-1’s main features lock on its super-enabled lens and a solid brass body, typical of vintage cameras trying to insert themselves to the cyber world. Having no hotshoe and EVF may mean something to many, and not having the latest features like touch, Wi-Fi, or GPS may also bother some. But with all the advanced and manual controls, reliable low-light performance, and lifetime-quality build, the MX-1 is but worth its price of around $499.

Pentax MX-1 Compact Digital Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 22,000.00

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