Pentax MX-1

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pentax mx1Pentax has brought the MX name back. It was on an SLR back in the ‘70s and now returns on a compact zoom camera with 4X optical zoom lens and 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated CMOS image sensor.

The lens has a maximum aperture of a fast f/1.8 to f/2.5, making it an interesting choice for dimly lit locations.

The design is highly reminiscent of a classic film camera, with genuine brass covers and metal accents.

The lens zoom has a great range, beginning at the equivalent of a wide 28 mm. Macro mode can be used to capture images from just one 1 cm.

Intelligent Zoom extends the zoom coverage up to approximately 7.8times(for a focal length equivalent of approximately218 mm),with what Pentax says is good image quality.

The MX-1 incorporates a newly designed back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, with a top sensitivity of ISO 12,800 and approximately 12.0 effective megapixels. The company says it boasts remarkable high-sensitivity, low-noise characteristics.

The MX-1 also features a state-of-the-art imaging 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.

Yes, it shoots RAW images.

Handheld Night snap mode helps the photographer capture blur-free night-time images by taking multiple images at one time, then synthesizing them into a single composite picture.

With a dedicated exposure compensation dial, the MX-1 offers direct access without the need to recall the menu screen.

The camera also has a mode dial for 10 different shooting modes. These range from the hands-off Auto Picture and the all-purpose Programmed AE, to Aperture-priority AE, Shutter-priority AE and Metered Manual.

Dual shake-reduction couples the sensor-shift-type SR mechanism with a digital SR mode to more effectively compensate for camera shake.

The MX-1 comes with a 3.0-inch, high-definition LCD monitor that’s tiltable.

The camera features Full HD movie recording employing the H.264 recording format, capturing high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, at a 16:9 aspect ratio, and at a frame rate of 30 frames per second). There’s a dedicated movie recording button on its top panel. It offers creative movie capture modes, including a High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback and a Time-lapse Movie mode for fast-forward playback. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on the camera body.

Other features include pop-up auto flash; remote control sensors on front and back panels; dual-axis digital level for accurate horizontal and vertical alignment; 15 digital filters, including Miniature and Toy Camera; a range of creative image-processing tools including Stretch and Small Face filters and Collage/Contact Sheet function.

The Pentax MX-1 will be available in February at an anticipated retail price of $499.99.

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