Pentax MX-1 Test

With the MX-1, Pentax enters the market of large-sensor compact. With little features and good image quality, it is the antithesis to the in-house Q-system.

Whether’s partnership with Ricoh or can on the insight that the greatest features on a camera replace any sensor size ? Anyway, at Pentax, one has decided to go with the MX-1 now in the increasingly competitive market of compact cameras with comparatively large 1/1.7-inch sensor.

Compared to other compact cameras, the Pentax MX-1 390 grams is already a real hunk. The camera is simple and straightforward, the Bauhaus disciples of the 20th century had better not get the housing. The retro design of the Pentax MX-1 does not come from approximately, it is ajar from the 1970s on an old Pentax SLR series. The camera interface is rubberized on the important points and thus safe to keep. The different shooting modes P, AV, TV, M, user and five other settings can be selected on the catchy main command dial on top of the digital camera, according to computerannals.

The main command dial of the Pentax MX-1 is not particularly secure. With this camera, the also is not necessary, because the latch is so vigorous that accidentally is practically excluded. Right of it is an another, slightly smaller wheel. This is only for the exposure compensation. Slightly sunk, adjusted to the contour of the camera and also provided with clear latch, so also this bike is well secured. In relation to the total massive construction of the camera, the buttons and the four-way button on the back of the camera work, however, something small.

Info button for quick access

The main menu of the Pentax MX-1 offers many setting possibilities. The individual items can be sampled through the four-way button or call with the help of a third small wheel. It is annoying that remembers any menu position the camera and the menu must be always at first touched through until the desired menu item. This can take.

Access to a small selection of menu items with your own info button works much faster. A palette with symbols appear immediately, the requested position is activated and then modified. This position keeps track of the Pentax MX-1 even after switching off.


Works well: flexible display

The 3-inch display of the Pentax MX-1 has a resolution of approx. 307.000 pixels. It is foldable for insight with about 90 ° from above and approximately 45 ° from the bottom. The sharpness is very good thanks to the high resolution. Colors are realistically represented. Under the menu item LCD – setting corrections of brightness and colors that are possible – but unfortunately only little effect. Icons and font are clearly visible.

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The focal length the Pentax MX-1 is from 28 to 112 mm (KB; 4 x optical zoom). This is not voluptuous, but practical. The light intensity of 1.8 to 2.5is lace. This pleases the users, because so may again be juggled with the depth of field. And just for such recordings is not to despise the option to focus manually. On the Flash settings, you have access only if the Flash was previously opened by hand. And in the Flash menu is the rare opportunity to make flash compensation.

Excellent processing

The Pentax MX-1 is well processed, upper and lower part made of metal. The lens is protected by a metal ring. The quality of the cover for the battery compartment and the connectors shows how to make it can – everything stable and very solid.

The macro mode of PENTAX MX-1 is very good with 2 cm in the automatic mode and 1 cm when focusing manually and also an image stabilizer is on board. Which is switchable, we have had the best experiences with the setting “Image sensor shift”. Features on the list of equipment of PENTAX MX-1 include a night snapshot automation, which expects a bright, low-noise image by Multishottechnik from 4 images, as well as the ability to save images as a lossless RAW.

The shortest shutter speed of PENTAX MX-1 is in the automatic mode 1 / 2.000 s, in manual mode 1/8000 s, ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 12800. A large 1/1.7 inch CMOS sensor and a moderate resolution of 12 megapixels are a superior image quality.

And measurements such as Visual image evaluation underline once more that this concept goes up. The Center resolution at ISO 100 in wide angle is 1,481 LP/BRA, loses little at ISO 400, and remains even at ISO 1,600 still about 1,200 LP/bra. In addition, the waste of edge of the is never greater than 165 LP/bra – go! Noise is visible from ISO 400, but also this is whining at a high level. The bottom line the convincing image performance can.

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Review conclusion

Pentax makes a successful entry in the 1/1.7-inch class on the parquet. The Pentax MX-1 fairly approximates the ideal of an SLR photographer on an always-this camera even if perhaps a viewfinder would have been nice. Tip Edelkompakte.