Pentax MX-1 Classic Design 12MP Digital Camera

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Pentax MX-1 Pentax enters the enthusiast compact digital camera marketplace with the MX-1. It offers classic stye and construction, featuring both a brass top- and brass base-plates. It's built around a 12MP BSI CMOS stabilized sensor and a recognizable 28-112mm equivalent f/1.8-2.5 zoom lens. Additionally the MX-1 has a 920k flip-out dot rear screen. It includes an exposure compensation dial mounted on the top-plate along with a rear mounted thumb wheel for controlling the user interface very similar those their DSLR cameras. - Jan 7, 2013

 


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PENTAX Debuts Retro Design Camera Featuring Fast F1.8-2.5 Lens, 4X Zoom and Classically Crafted Brass Body

The MX-1 strikes the perfect balance between performance and classic design

Denver, CO (January 7, 2013) PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION (PENTAX) has introduced the MX-1, an advanced digital compact camera whose craft design and vintage lines appeal to a wide variety of photo enthusiasts. Its fast F1.8-2.5 lens produces sharp and crisp imagery in a variety of settings and the cameras 1/1.7 inch, 12.0 effective megapixel backlit CMOS sensor renders impressive low-light performance.

Encased in brass covers with an ergonomically-pleasing, texturized grip, the MX-1s body is a tactile experience. The brass panels are cool to the touch and its high-end composition feels substantial in the hand, enabling simple and intuitive handling. Thanks to its beautiful styling and premium materials, the MX-1 develops a stunning patina impressing a history on the camera with each use.

The camera captures images in a wide variety of settings and its fast lens makes creating beautiful focusing effects and bokeh achievable, enabling heightened creative expression and artistic personalization. The MX-1s 4X zoom offers a versatile and highly-useable range, from a wide 28mm to telephoto 112mm (in 35mm format), its dual shake-reduction system enables sharp, blur-free images in even the most demanding circumstances.

The feature set of the MX-1, including its large articulated LCD, makes it a phenomenal choice for photo enthusiasts who require superior image-capturing capabilities but also appreciate the styling and construction of a classic camera. said John Carlson, senior marketing manager, PENTAX.

Whether it is the seasoned and well-practiced veteran who is brought back to the heart of his passion with the touch and feel of the cool brass panels, or the design-conscious novice whos inspired by retro character and design, the MX-1 delivers on their hunger to produce beautiful photos through defining optics, electronics and design.

Major features of the MX-1 include:

Expanding photographic horizons with fast lens and versatile zoom The PENTAX MX-1 features a 4X optical zoom lens offering a large maximum aperture of F1.8 to F2.5 and 28mm wide-angle coverage (in the 35mm format). When set at maximum aperture and widest angle of view the photographer can use fast 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 Macro mode to capture dramatic close-up images of subjects from as little as one centimeter away. Additionally, the Intelligent Zoom (digital zoom) function extends the zoom coverage up to approximately 7.8 times (for a focal length of approximately 218mm (in the 35mm format) without compromising image quality by optimizing the resolution to match the zoom length.

Newly engineered backlit CMOS image sensor ensures super-high-resolution images in 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 capabilities and assures high-speed image data readout to deliver high-resolution images. 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. In addition, the MX-1s unique 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.

Classic and refined design With its textured-rubber grip, and brass top and bottom covers that develop a distinctive appearance after years of use, the MX-1 offers a classic design reminiscent of traditional film cameras. It also features a number of metallic accents, including the lens ring, to further complete the tasteful, high-class finish down to the fine details.

DSLR operability including in-body RAW data development and dedicated exposure compensation dial enhance the shooting experience Thanks to a dedicated exposure compensation dial, the MX-1 assures user-friendly, direct-access shift of the exposure compensation setting without the need to recall the menu screen. It also features a mode dial for swift, effortless setting of 10 different shooting modes ranging from the hands-off Auto Picture and the all-purpose Programmed AE, to the more creative Aperture-priority AE, Shutter-priority AE and Metered Manual. As the result, the photographer is assured of outstanding creative freedom to choose the most appropriate shooting mode for a particular scene or subject without delay. Additionally, the MX-1 comes equipped with a host of SLR-like features to optimize its operability, including advanced UI (user interface) functions, easy-to-access controls and in-body RAW data development.

Dual shake-reduction system produces sharp, blur-free images The MX-1s dual shake-reduction system couples the PENTAX-developed sensor-shift-type SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a digital SR mode to more effectively compensate for camera shake. This hybrid system guarantees the photographer sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting with incident light in poorly lit locations, or photographing sunset scenes.

Large, articulated LCD display simplifies capturing images at challenging angles The MX-1 comes equipped with a large 3.0-inch, high-definition LCD display with approximately 921,000 dots. Its articulated design allows the photographer to adjust the display vertically and set it to the angle easiest for capturing and viewing. It also provides a clear view of images and menus displayed on the screen to assure quick, effortless review of recorded images and swift, error-free setting changes.

Full HD video captures high-quality movies with the push of a button The MX-1 features Full HD movie recording functionality employing the H.264 recording format, to 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). Switching to video mode is simple and intuitive; with the push of a dedicated button, the MX-1 instantly begins recording video from any shooting mode. It also 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 to make movie capturing and viewing more fun and exciting. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also included on the camera body for quick and efficient output of recorded movies and sound to external devices.

* In these modes, the recorded size is fixed at VGA dimensions (640 x 480 pixels).

Other features

Dual-axial digital level for accurate horizontal and vertical alignment Pop-up auto flash for perfectly exposed images and fill light Remote control sensors on front and back panels 15 digital filters, including Miniature and Toy Camera, to add creative touches to captured images A choice of four aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9. 3:2, 1:1) to accommodate specific applications SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE for PENTAX RICOH IMAGING RAW data development software (designed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) included, in addition to in-body RAW data development Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards Pricing and Availability

The new MX-1 advanced digital compact will be available at retail outlets nationwide and online in February 2013 with a suggested retail price of $499.95.

For details on the complete line-up of PENTAX cameras, visit: For details on the complete line-up of PENTAX lenses, visit: http://pentaximaging.com/camera-lenses/about.

Specifications
Body type Compact  
Sensor
Max resolution 4000 x 3000  
Other resolutions 3984 x 2656, 3968 x 2232, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 1728, 2592 x 1728, 2560 x 1440, 2048 x 1152  
Image ratio w:h 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 12.0 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 12.8 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
Image
ISO Auto (100 -1600), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800  
White balance presets 9  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization Sensor-shift  
Uncompressed format RAW  
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28 112 mm  
Optical zoom 4  
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
 
Digital zoom Yes (4x)  
Manual focus Yes  
Normal focus range 60 cm (23.62")  
Macro focus range 1 cm (.39")  
Number of focus points 25  
Lens mount None  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting  
Screen size 3"  
Screen dots 920,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT LCD with AR coating  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Maximum aperture F1.8 - F2.5  
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)  
Flash range 12 m  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Speed sync, Trailing Curtain sync  
Continuous drive Yes (1)  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
 
Exposure compensation 2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
Videography features
Format
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
 
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)  
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Storage included 75.3 MB  
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (Mini HDMI type-D)  
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected  
Remote control Yes (Optional)  
Physical
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion D-Li-106 rechargeable battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 290  
Weight (inc. batteries) 391 g (0.86 lb / 13.79 oz)  
Dimensions 122 x 61 x 51 mm (4.8 x 2.4 x 2.01")  
Other features
Timelapse recording No  
GPS None


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