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The Pentax MX-1 Black Digital Camera is a stylish, high-end compact camera with advanced features for photographers who desire more control over their photos. The Pentax MX-1 features a 4x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f1.8 – f2.5 and back-illuminated 12MP CMOS sensor with a top sensitivity of ISO 12,800. With these technologies combined you are able to capture sharp images in dimly lit locations, while making it possible to produce beautifully blurred backgrounds for portraiture. The large 3.0” tilt-able LCD monitor can be tilted up or down for easy viewing when shooting from difficult angles. The Pentax MX-1 features sensor-shift Shake Reduction, full HD movie recording, manual control (PASM modes), 25 AF points that can be manually selected and HDR mode. More
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1. Large-aperture, 4X optical zoom lens, ideal for low-light shooting and high-quality image definition
The PENTAX MX-1 features a four-times zoom lens offering a large maximum aperture of F1.8 to F2.5 and a 28mm wide-angle coverage (in the 35mm format). The camera’s high performance ensures sharp, well-defined images even when the zoom lens is set at maximum aperture and the widest angle of view. The photographer can use faster shutter speeds in dimly lit locations and take advantage of a beautiful bokeh (out-of-focus) effect in the background. The MX-1 also provides a 1cm macro mode to capture dramatic close-up images of a subject from just one centimetre away, and an Intelligent Zoom function to extend the zoom coverage up to approximately 7.8 times, for a focal length of approximately 218mm in the 35mm format, without compromising image quality.
2. Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor to optimize image quality for high sensitivity shooting
The MX-1 incorporates a newly designed back-illuminated CMOS image sensor. With a top sensitivity of ISO 12800 and approximately 12.0 effective megapixels, it boasts remarkable high-sensitivity, low-noise characteristics and assures high-speed image data readout to deliver super-high-resolution images. The MX-1 also features a state-of-the-art image processing engine. Supported by the latest Super Resolution technology, this engine offers outstanding image-processing performance to produce clear, high-quality images with well-defined details. In addition, its unique ‘Handheld Night Snap’ mode helps the photographer capture blur-free nighttime images by taking multiple images at one time, then synthesizing them into a single composite picture.
3. Classic design reminiscent of film cameras
With its textured-rubber grip, and brass top and bottom panels with a distinctive appearance, the MX-1 offers a classic design reminiscent of traditional film cameras. It also features a number of metallic parts, including the lens ring, to complete the tasteful, high-class finish.
4. In-body RAW data development and dedicated exposure compensation dial for SLR operability and RAW DNG data capture
Thanks to a dedicated exposure compensation dial, the MX-1 allows direct adjustment of the exposure compensation setting without the need to access the menu screen. It also features a mode dial for effortless setting of 10 different shooting modes — ranging from the automated Auto Picture and the all-purpose Programmed AE, to the more creative Aperture-priority AE, Shutter-priority AE and Metered Manual. The result, the photographer is given outstanding creative freedom to choose the most appropriate shooting mode for any particular scene or subject without delay. What’s more, the MX-1 comes equipped with a host of SLR features to optimize its operability, including advanced user interface functions, easy-to-access controls and in-body RAW image development.
5. Dual shake-reduction system for sharp, blur-free images
The MX-1’s dual shake-reduction system couples the PENTAX developed sensor-shift SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a digital SR mode to more effectively compensate for annoying camera shake. This hybrid system assures the photographer of sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions prone to camera shake such as, using a telephoto lens, shooting in poorly lit locations, or photographing sunset scenes.
6. Large, tilt-able LCD monitor
The MX-1 comes equipped with a large 3.0-inch, high-definition LCD monitor with approximately 920,000 dots. Its tilt-able design allows the photographer to adjust the monitor up and down and set it at the easiest angle for viewing. It also provides a clear view of images and menus displayed on the screen to assure a quick, effortless review of recorded images and swift, easy setting changes.
7. Full HD-standard movie recording for extended recording of high-quality movies
Since the MX-1 features the Full HD movie recording function employing the H.264 recording format, the user can capture high-quality, extended movie clips (with 1920 x 1080 pixels, at a 16:9 aspect ratio, and at a frame rate of 30 frames per second). It provides a dedicated movie recording button on its top panel to instantly start recording a movie from any shooting mode. It even offers creative movie capture modes including, High-speed Movie mode* for slow-motion playback and Time-lapse Movie mode* for fast-forward playback. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on the camera body for the output of recorded movies and sound to external devices.
* In these modes, the recorded size is fixed at VGA dimensions (640 x 480 pixels).
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A surprisingly good camera
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Good to have with you when your main kit has been left at home. Photos from this camera, even those shot in fairly low light/high ISO conditions, are unlikely to disappoint.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Pentax MX-1 - Great Street Camera
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
Pentax MX-1 - Great camera! Little on the heavy side for it's size and you do feel the weight after using it for a while but this does give the camera a good solid feel to it. Having a separate dial for Exposure compensation is an excellent idea and avoids and lot of fumbling through menus… but can't say I'm a fan of the rear thumb wheel (E-dial) which I find a little too stiff and adds no real additional usability. Slow. I only use it in Jpeg mode and it can be a little slow, "Processing image", appears quite often ( and even more so in RAW mode ) which gets quite irritating when taking multiple shots. The "Green" mode on the dial (fully automatic) is a little weird in that it seems to be the worst features of the Auto Pict & Scn modes and never seems to get it right first shot, therefore for I generally select 'Auto Pict' for 'point and shoot' shots.I do a lot of 'exhibition photography' ( small items on display tables! ) and I specifically wanted a single axis "tilting" screen, which apposed to "tilt and twist" screen allows you to hold the camera both sides with the screen tilted upwards (downwards), the Pentax MX-1 fills this criteria perfectly. ( There are other similar compact cameras with tilting screens, eg. Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 but the Pentax can be made to 'meow like a cat' when you switch it on! … now come on!!! )
Included Accessories: USB Cable I? USB, Rechargeable battery Li-Ion D-LI106, Battery charger D-BC106, Strap, Silkypix Developer Studio 3.0 LE for PENTAX RICOH IMAGING
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