A worthy new entry among high-end, enthusiast compacts
DxOMark testing reveals that the Pentax MX-1 is a serious challenger to the established high-end compacts. With an Overall Score of 49, it’s among the top scoring compact cameras selling for under $500, rivaling proven performers like the popular Canon PowerShot S110, which sells for $449.99 (and its predecessor the S100) and the Panasonic DMC-LX7 ($449.99). The MX-1 performed competitively across the board, with a Portrait Score of 20.4 bits and a Landscape Score of 11.3 Evs, and stood out particularly for its low-light performance with Sports Score of 208 ISO, which was the best score among compact cameras selling for less than $500.
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The Pentax MX-1 is a 12MP high-end compact camera with a fast 28-112mm equivalent zoom lens - the first camera of its type that Pentax has created. With a rich history in camera design, it seems fair that Pentax would seek to recapture the two-tone camera designs of the last century with its MX-1 enthusiast compact (the MX-1 is also available in an all-black model as well). A metal top and bottom and a leather-like band around the middle provide a gripable surface as well as a classic look. Thanks to the painted brass top and bottom plates, we're told users will enjoy that old tendency toward 'brassing' exhibited in well-used vintage cameras as the MX-1 accumulates wear. We haven't yet bashed the Pentax MX-1 around enough to test this feature, but there's still time.
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