Pentax MX-1: This Camera's 'Retro' Style Might Be Past Its Prime

Pentax is a classic imaging company, so you have to let it have its own crack at building a camera that looks old school, right? In theory, sure -- but the new Pentax MX-1 feel just a little late to the party.

Now we've got nothing against the brass-body design, and this $US500 point-and-shoot has some undeniably slick features. We love that it's got a super fast f/1.8 lens and some manual controls familiar to the mode dials of DSLRs, like program and aperture or shutter priority modes. And the classic top-panel design with the exposure compensation dial -- nice touch!

But take a closer look at the camera's specs, like its 12.1-megapixel BSI CMOS. Then you start to realise that it offers a lot less than other models at this price. Companies have been making better manually controllable point-and-shoots for years at the $US500 level.

You see, with the retro-styled cameras from Fujifilm, something still feels fresh. In fact, just today, Fujifilm pumped out a refreshed design of two black and silver X-series cameras. Each had the same classic camera bodies as the previous models, but it didn't feel like a played-out gimmick, because each was packed with some awesome new imaging technology.

What's the justification for picking up the new MX-1? If it's just the design Pentax is selling us -- we're not buying. We'll take a closer look the camera this week, and we'll update you when we know more. [Pentax]



    What is the problem with 12 megapixels? I've seen countless articles on this site trumpeting the end of the megapixel war. maybe this camera has some good low light performance or something... and look at the upper end of the zoom range, it's still at f2.5. As we all know well from mobiles, spec sheet does not dictate quality of experience.

      Hear hear. 12 megapixels is plenty, and megapixels doesn't always equal quality.

    There is a possibility that the image sensor is large and will allow more detail. and what about the video recording capabilities

    No mention of ISO performance?

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