Pentax MX-1 Hands On Preview

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Here’s another CES 2013 report from Blunty3000.  This time around, Blunty gives us a sneak peek at the new Pentax MX-1 fixed lens compact camera.  The MX-1 was one of the few bright spots to come out of an of an otherwise forgettable CES Show (from a photographer’s perspective).  Of course, most of the major announcements and releases in the photo/video industry came late last year at the Photokina Expo in Cologne, Germany and Photo Plus in NYC.

Blunty writes…

“The Pentax MX-1, announced at CES 2013, is carrying on Pentax’s bold attitude toward design and producing interesting cameras to capture imagination and inspire photographers… I was caught by the rare charm of the quirky Pentax Q, and the MX-1 may just have be singing Pentax’s praises again…”

Here’s the Pentax Company Schpeil…

Classically Crafted, Contemporary Quality

With its genuine brass covers and advanced digital compact capabilities, the PENTAX MX-1 is where craft design meets contemporary quality. The MX-1’s fast F1.8-2.5 lens, 4X zoom and large 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor allow for bright everyday imagery inside a stylish body. As its brass wears with time, feel the good old days come back to life in your images of today with the PENTAX MX-1.

DSLR-like features in a compact body, such as textured mode dials, an exposure adjustment dial, In-body RAW development capability, HDR shooting and Custom images modes.”

My 2 Cents

The Pentax MX-1 enters a crowded fixed lens compact market that is now burgeoning with quality competition, like the Sony RX-100, the Panasonic Lumix LX7 (two of our favorite cameras of 2012)and the new Fuji X-100s and X-20.  It has a smaller sensor than the highly celebrated RX-100 and although it’s lens is bright and fast, it’s not quite on par with the LX7’s.  On paper, it also seems to come up short when matched up against either of the new Fuji Cameras.  Still, Pentax have been quietly producing some great little cameras that have mostly flown under the radar, all while amassing their own cult following.

Until we get some hands on time with the MX-1, the jury remains out.  Stay Tuned…

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