Pentax MX-1 Compact Camera Brings Retro-Style Looks with Large Sensor

January 11, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Pentax came for the CES with their new digital compact camera, MX-1, which looks quite like the cameras of old. The shooter is sandwiched between brass plates which are painted in silver or black.

But that’s as far as the old-fashionedness goes. Heading over to the specification lined up on the device, we see a grown 1/1.7-inch, 12-megapixel sensor, and 28-122mm f/1.8-2.5-equivalent zoom lens, as well as a 3-inch display with 921,000 pixels.

Digital zoom adds up the zooming to 35mm equivalent of 218m. But the motorized zoom lens does take its time to whirr out fully.


The maximum ISO is set out at 12800. The controls are hard and cold metal which have a retro feel. Going retro probably does them good, as the controls truly help immensely, with the inclusion of an EV Compensation dial, the prerequisite Mode selector wheel and a rear control thumbwheel.

The company has equipped the camera with an IR receiver on the front and back, enabling the device to accept signals from Pentax remotes. Images can also be captured in the RAW format, quite like the semi-pros, and conversion of RAW to JPG is also possible.

The built-in LED light on the power button displays whether the camera is powered on or off. A built-in dedicated video recording button allows video capture with 1080p resolution, supported in the H.264 format.


Switching to High-Speed Movie and Time-Lapse modes will reduce the resolution to VGA (640×480). You can plug the camera via a micro HDMI output, allowing you to watch content on your PC.

Pentax will ship the units out either in late February or early March. The MX-1 will be carrying a price tag of $500.

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