The Pentax MX-1 digital camera is the first advanced compact camera that the company has created. Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company is a subsidiary of the Hoya Corporation. The MX-1 has a 12-megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom (shooting at 28-112mm in the 35mm format), a 3-inch tilting screen, and a 28mm F1.8 wide angle lens. The best feature of the MX-1 is that it has a retro design that looks similar the the company’s old SLR cameras. The camera has a metallic finish and brass panels on the top and bottom.
The camera is wrapped in black rubber to top off the retro design. The camera has Pentax’s body-based Sensor-shift and Pixel Track Shake Reduction stabilization to ensure that images end up being blur-free even in low lighting conditions. The camera shoots with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 12800. The MX-1 has Fast Face Detection technology that can quickly find up to 32 subjects in any scene. The Face Detection technology includes Blink Detection and Smile Capture.
The MX-1 is capable of capturing full 1920 x 1080p HD video with high quality h.264 compression at 30fps. You can use an HDMI port for functional output of high definition images, video, and sound to HDTVs. The MX-1 has creative movie playback features like High-speed Movie mode for slow-motion playback and a Time-lapse Movie mode for fast-forward playback. The MX-1 has a 1cm macro mode so that you can photograph the tiny details in a life-size mode. You can focus on objects from as close as 1cm from the front of the camera lens, which can create some amazing shots of pants and insects.
The MX-1 will be available starting next month with an MSRP of $499.95 in black or silver.