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PentaxMX-1 Digital Camera (Silver)
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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    (10)

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    (1)

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    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (10)
  • Good image quality (10)
  • Large clear LCD (9)
  • Good in low light (7)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (8)
  • Travel (8)
  • Landscape/scenery (6)
  • Low light (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good solid Enthusiast camera

I'm surprised there aren't more reviews on this MX-1. I guess Pentax is a low awareness brand, and this model is a bit late to the party, for this class of camera....Read complete review

I'm surprised there aren't more reviews on this MX-1. I guess Pentax is a low awareness brand, and this model is a bit late to the party, for this class of camera.

Overall, this camera is what internet reviewers would call "a keeper", as long as you take photos to post online, or print photos which aren't poster size. It has a large host of features, an excellent lens with a reasonable focal range which lets in a lot of light, an attractive look and feel, and, oh yes, it takes good photos too.

The lens lets in a lot of light and is "wide open" even at 110mm which is very very helpful in low light. It also means that bokeh aka out of focus appearance, is smooth and attractive, for this sensor size (in general, the bigger the sensor, the more attractive the bokeh)

The only real negative is the weight and size. The brass top and bottom may be a marketing plus, but I'd prefer to skip the brass and make it 100grams lighter. Also, the lens sticks out a bit, especially with the third party auto lens cover I've stuck on front- it's still pocketable, but only just.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pentax Mx-1

Very nice design,
Very bright LCD
Light weight
I didn't like AWB
Takes a few sec to record data on SD card

Very nice design,
Very bright LCD
Light weight
I didn't like AWB
Takes a few sec to record data on SD card

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5.0

Great Camera!

By Kat

from Europe

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Video

    Comments about MX-1 Digital Camera (Black):

    This camera has a nice design in vintage style, it is easy to use and it is really good value for money. I don't like its software interface; too old-fashioned.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    I am going to buy this instead

    By Kavootles

    from Iowa City, Ia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about MX-1 Digital Camera (Silver):

      I saw the review of this by Chris Nichols on TheCameraStoreTV. That guy knows how to sell cameras. This thing has everything. A useful zoom range at low f stop. First rate macro. Small. Lots of dandy features. My brother and I were given K1000s when we were in our 20s. We shot everything with those cameras for years. This thing duplicates the K1000 but with all the lens you need. The fact that the lens is not interchangeable is sort of a relief. I may own 40 lenses. I immediately bought one for my brother and am about to buy one for myself. At this price, how could I not.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Good compact that could have been great.

      By Steve

      from Cincinnati

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Battery-life
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Short Lag Time
      • Sturdy

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about MX-1 Digital Camera (Black):

      This is a handsome, well-built boutique point and shoot that could have been great with an eye level viewfinder. I also don't care for having to go through the menus to change scene modes.

      In full auto mode the flash should deploy automatically.

      The pictures out of this camera will not disappoint you, especially at the current price for this model.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Shake Reduction is Fantastic

      By Kent

      from Missouri

      Comments about MX-1 Digital Camera (Silver):

      High Resolution Pictures! Fantastic Shake Reduction! Great low light performance! Always accessible Exposure Dial! Nice 3:1 zoom! Any Mode you could ever need! Under $500! I traded in ny Nikon 3200 DSRL to get this and am totally happy!

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      5.0

      Great Compact Camera

      By LMC

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about MX-1 Digital Camera (Black):

      At this price point, I don't think you can do any better than the MX-1. This is a solid, well made camera. All the controls operate smoothly and precisely. It's fairly large for a compact camera but it will fit in a large pocket or purse, or belt pack, or whatever. Just not a shirt pocket, or a jeans pocket. The lens and sensor are perfectly matched to one another, producing exceptionally good results for a small camera. No, it's not a DSLR, but within reason you can get some excellent photographs with this camera. Yes, it only has a 4X zoom, but within that range you get great photos. I would rather have excellent vacation photos without the super telephoto shots, than mediocre vacation photos with a 20X zoom compact. I own several compact small sensor cameras, a mirrorless APS sensor camera, and two DSLRs. I am quite happy to use this camera for casual shooting and more than pleased with the image quality.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Solid little point and shhot

      By kblakely

      from Irving, TX

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about MX-1 Digital Camera (Silver):

      This is in no way a replacement camera for a DSLR system but it is a great little travel camera. It is ruggedly built, pretty fast and takes very detailed photos for such a little camera.

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      • No

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      5.0

      elegant and small

      By Marcela

      from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about MX-1 Digital Camera (Silver):

        Very good to street photography

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Pentax Mx-1

        By Emilio

        from Omaha NE

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Poor Flash

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about MX-1 Digital Camera (Silver):

        Very nice design,
        Very bright LCD
        Light weight
        I didn't like AWB
        Takes a few sec to record data on SD card

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        My travel buddy

        By Amy

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Short Lag Time

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about MX-1 Digital Camera (Silver):

            I bought this camera for an upcoming trip to Europe. I wanted something more sophisticated than a point and shoot that was also relatively small and light. I've been using it around town and so far love the quality of the pictures and the portability. I also love the vintage look of this camera.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Classy Camera

            By Al

            from MN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color

            Cons

            • Doesn't Hang Vertically
            • Limited Zoom
            • Panorama

            Best Uses

              Comments about MX-1 Digital Camera (Silver):

              I bought this camera because I wanted manual controls and high quality pics without the bulk of an SLR. So far I'm loving this camera! Fast startup, fast focus, and beautiful pictures. I love the weight and sturdiness of the body and it just looks so retro! Menus are easy to navigate and the camera is easy to use.
              The only things I don't love are: slow write times, built in panorama function is awful, and, due to the placement of the neckstrap attachments, the camera does not hang vertically (but there are some leather half cases with neck straps out there that I plan to buy which should remedy that problem)
              All in all, I am extremely happy with my camera!

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good solid Enthusiast camera

              By Camera gadget kid

              from Asia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about MX-1 Digital Camera (Silver):

                I'm surprised there aren't more reviews on this MX-1. I guess Pentax is a low awareness brand, and this model is a bit late to the party, for this class of camera.

                Overall, this camera is what internet reviewers would call "a keeper", as long as you take photos to post online, or print photos which aren't poster size. It has a large host of features, an excellent lens with a reasonable focal range which lets in a lot of light, an attractive look and feel, and, oh yes, it takes good photos too.

                The lens lets in a lot of light and is "wide open" even at 110mm which is very very helpful in low light. It also means that bokeh aka out of focus appearance, is smooth and attractive, for this sensor size (in general, the bigger the sensor, the more attractive the bokeh)

                The only real negative is the weight and size. The brass top and bottom may be a marketing plus, but I'd prefer to skip the brass and make it 100grams lighter. Also, the lens sticks out a bit, especially with the third party auto lens cover I've stuck on front- it's still pocketable, but only just.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Looks Good

                By Tipper

                from Grand Forks,ND

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel

                  Comments about MX-1 Digital Camera (Black):

                  Plan to use this camera for a trip to visit towns and homes i use to live in

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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