Unboxing the Pentax MX-1

We got our hands on Pentax's newest enthusiast compact camera

Pentax's MX-1 has held our interest since it was announced. We really like its retro styling, which is a throwback to the 1976 Pentax film SLR of the same name.

We've finally got our hands on an MX-1, in Pentax's Classic Silver finish. We wanted to show you what you get inside the box for the MX-1's $499.95 Australian asking price, so here you are:

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The box for the Pentax MX-1 is simple. It's not going to win any packaging awards, but it's got a good list of descriptions of the MX-1's specs and features.

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In the top of the box you'll find the camera's manual, warranty card, product registration info, and a CD with SilkyPix Developer Studio to process the camera's images on your PC.

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Everything is logically laid out inside the box, and well padded to accommodate rough treatment during shipping.

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This is what you get inside the MX-1's package. There's no nostalgia here; just a utilitarian list of camera strap, charger, charger power cable, USB cable, battery pack, and clip-on lens cap.

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And here's the camera in the (brass-bodied) flesh. Our first impressions were that it's quite large for a supposedly compact camera, but it's also one of the most reassuringly solid that we've used.

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The camera's lens is a 4x zoom from 28mm-112mm (full-frame equivalent), with a slightly-variable f1.8-f2.5 minimum aperture from wide to telephoto. Like the Olympus XZ-2 it shares this lens with, the MX-1 is quick to focus, and can get some reasonable out-of-focus blurring going on when it's used for macro shots.

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We really like the leatherette that wraps the MX-1. It's easy to grip, and looks great. The front of the camera is Spartan, with only the MX-1 logo and an autofocus assist lamp.

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The left side of the camera has a pop-up switch for the inbuilt flash — it doesn't do it on its own — while the right has ports to connect a PC or TV.

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The controls on the back of the camera are extremely clearly laid out. Everything is intuitively placed — the MX-1 just feels natural to use. Anyone who's used a Pentax digital SLR will be instantly familiar.

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We like the dedicated exposure compensation dial, and the proximity of the shooting mode dial to everything else. The on/off button is a little hard to press, but this can be circumvented by setting an appropriate auto-sleep setting in the MX-1's menu.

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The MX-1's tripod screw is slightly offset from the lens — making wide panoramas slightly difficult to shoot professionally — and a single hinged door hides the battery pack and SD card slot. Here you can also see the MX-1's articulating 3-inch screen, which tilts over a wide range of motion.

The Pentax MX-1 is available now in Australia, for a recommended retail price of $499.95.

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Campbell Simpson

Campbell Simpson

PC World

2 Comments

Pablo

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Thank goodness that the flash does NOT pop up on its own, this is one of the small things that I absolutely LOVE about PENTAX.
Nothing is more frustrating than a pop-up flash that blinds people when you least expect it.

Sophie

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This is a very good camera with great IQ. I find myself taking more photos with it than with my DSLR.

What I miss is the option to use filters like UV or polarizers... this due to lack of ring in front of the lens.

Overall, I'm happy with my MX-1!

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