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Pentax MX-1 enthusiast compact announced

Discussion in 'Other Interchangeable-Lens Systems' started by Armanius, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Here's the preview from you know who ...

    Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview: Digital Photography Review

    Highlights:

    12MP backlit CMOS sensor
    4x zoom; 28-112mm equivalent; F1.8-2.5 lens
    ISO 100-12800
    3.0 inch, 920K dot LCD screen
    JPEG, RAW (DNG), RAW+JPEG capture
    1080p 30fps video recording with stereo microphones
    Rear control dial
    EV dial
    Pentax SLR-like interface
    HDR mode

    Perhaps an Oly XZ-2 variation?
     
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  2. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    The lens looks an awful lot like the XZ-2! But surely Pentax would create their own?
     
  3. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I guess we'll find out once we see some sample images. I don't recall when and if Pentax ever had an enthusiast level small sensor fixed lens compact. I do like the look of the MX1 better than the XZ2.
     
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I like it's good looks, I dislike it's small sensor. The camera is nearly micro four thirds sized....why a dinky point and shoot sensor?
     
  5. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    [video=youtube;tI3jfW3U3d4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI3jfW3U3d4[/video]
     
  6. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I wonder what this does for the chances of a Ricoh GRD 5 appearing?
    While it's easy to argue that they're rather different, one being tiny with a prime and one being a bit larger with a zoom, they'd probably sit right in the same price range.
     
  7. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Think of it as a GX300.
     
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    well according to the video....it is the ideal compact camera. Game over.
     
  9. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    Julien
    Do they really have to put those disgusting green and red buttons/leds on all their cameras?
     
  10. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Hmm... the question for me, and many others I suspect, is whether the MX represents any kind of practical improvement over the Q. Yes, the Q has interchangeable lenses and the MX has a fixed zoom. But the 01 prime is f/1.9 at 47mm and the 02 zoom is f/2.8-4 from something like 28 to 85mm. The 06 zoom is a constant f/2.8 from 85 to 250mm.

    But the MX's specs do look suspiciously like those of the XZ-2.
     
  11. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Price is $499, or $100 less than XZ2. I guess the touch screen is worth $100!
     
  12. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Okay... at $499 is this camera more or less attrative than an Olympus E-PM2 at the same price? Or a Fuji X20, which I assume will list at the same $599 as the X10 when it came out? The Pansonic LX7 isn't on sale any more, but seems to be going for $449.
     
  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    All the different companies have spoiled me with their different models and pricing free fall. There were so many awesome cameras for sale around Christmas for $299 or less, I will never pay more than $299 for a compact again. Why would you?
     
  14. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Exactly right. Unless one of your cameras was totally destroyed and you needed to replace it immediately, all you have to do is wait until Christmas season. You can buy a new camera every year - even two - and not feel too much pain.
     
  15. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    It doesnt appeal at all. I might be a Pentaxian but have so far been unimpressed with their compacts which actually aren't very good. The sensor, I would hope, is the same as the one in the Ricoh GRDs, so that's a plus, but its not enough to get me to buy one. Unless they are really dead cheap and that's a possibility given how the Pentax reputation isn't that good.

    @Luke: this is their first venture into serious compact territory. I wonder if there's anything of the GRD in there at all. That could tempt me, if there were.
     
  16. stanleyk

    stanleyk SC Top Veteran

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    May 23, 2011
    Taylor, Texas
    I think the sensor is too small, but it's a nice looking camera.

    Added- I hope this works out for Pentax. I was a Pentax user for a long time before switching to Nikon because I wanted a FF camera. I kept waiting for Pentax to release one....sigh.... I'm a big fan of the company and they make very good lenses.
     
  17. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I would choose the X20 over this. Loved the X10, and fortuna ... I mean ... unfortunately, my dad permanently borrowed my X10. So I do need a new "serious" compact!
     
  18. stanleyk

    stanleyk SC Top Veteran

    558
    May 23, 2011
    Taylor, Texas
    The X20 looks really nice. I gave my X10 to my neice....so......
     
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  19. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    I will add this about the MX-1: I didn't think I'd buy a Pentax K-01 or Q when they came out. But when the prices dropped, I bought both and discovered how much fun they are. Given most of the remarks so far, do I see a $299 MX-1 under my tree next Christmas?
     
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  20. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I was thinking about the Q, but looks like the little 50mm (EFL) fast prime is nowhere to be found nowadays.