12-megapixel digital camera with 4X optical zoom (Silver)
Item #: 815MX1S
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Item #: 815MX1S
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $249.99
Get the feel of old-school photography along with the convenience of the digital age. The Pentax MX-1 gives you more creative control than most point and shoots, with gorgeous picture quality to boot. Genuine brass covers and a leather-grained band give this camera a classic look, while its fast lens with 4X optical zoom lets you capture accurate detail in low light as well as shoot with a shallow depth of field for sharply focused portraits against softly blurred backgrounds. Manual control dials let you adjust exposure on the fly, while plenty of pre- and post-shot editing options can further refine your snapshots for printing out and displaying for others to admire.
Want to get better photos in poorly lit environments? The MX-1's lens has a f/1.8 maximum aperture that lets in plenty of light even with fast shutter speeds. That means photos taken in poorly lit indoor settings or outdoors in the evening can have lots of detail and color with minimal graininess and noise. The backlit CMOS sensor offers selectable ISO up to 12,600, giving you incredible flexibility to shoot after dark, even without a flash. And HDR (high dynamic range) shooting mode can compensate for difficult high-contrast lighting situations by automatically snapping multiple exposures in rapid succession and combining them to bring out more highlight and shadow details — perfect for shooting sunsets or late-afternoon landscapes.
The Pentax MX-1's high-resolution display tilts up and down, so you can set up shots even when holding the camera above or below eye-level. (Silver model shown)
The MX-1 features a large high-resolution LCD screen to set up and review shots. The display pulls out and tilts, perfect for accurately lining up subjects while holding the camera up high or down low. It also provides nice flexibility for shooting 1080p HD video, so you don't have keep the camera at eye level while trying to record an entire inning of your son's baseball game.
From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.
Great pentax camera. I was looking for an affordable,high-end point and shoot for not only photos but video also. My daughter plays volleyball and we take action shots as well as video all games, then upload video to her website. The video has been awesome and I haven't taken many shots yet but the few that I have look great. I'm a big pentax fan and Crutchfield had the best package and value for the money I spent.
Pros: Great stills and video and the camera has easy to understand menus plus pentax is the only manufacturer that still provides a printed manual. Great. For taking with you in the field so if you need to look something up you just open the manual.
For the price, this is an excellent mirrorless digital camera. It would be great for any beginner who wants to practice using the manual settings.
Pros: Excellent image quality, and easy to use manual settings. Raw format option.
Cons: No view finder, no external flash capability.
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||28-112mm|
|Effective Megapixel Count||12|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||4000 x 3000|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||13.7|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Pentax MX-1 is a high quality digital camera with a classic design. It has genuine brass covers on the top and bottom with other metal accents. With the look of a classic compact film camera, the MX-1 has the capability of some high-end contemporary digital cameras.
smc Pentax Lens: The MX-1 is equipped with a fast and bright F1.8-2.5 smc Pentax lens. It has a focal length of 6-24mm, which is equivalent to 28mm to 112mm in 35mm photography.
3.0" Tiltable LCD Monitor: The camera features a large, bright 3.0" LCD monitor for viewing the camera settings, framing your shots, and playing back recorded still images and movies. The monitor's 920,000-dot resolution gives you crystal clear images. The tiltable monitor can be lowered down to approximately 45° or raised upward to approximately 90°.
Image Sensor: The MX-1 is equipped with a 1/1.7" CMOS image sensor. It has 12.76 million total pixels and 12 million effective pixels.
Shake Reduction (SR): The MX-1 is equipped with the Pentax Shake Reduction (SR) system, which uses a magnetic force to move the image sensor at high speeds, compensating for camera shake. In addition, the camera offers Dual SR, combining sensor-shift and electronic pixel-tracking SR, for maximum blur prevention. There is a Movie Shake Reduction setting for use during movie recording.
Internal Memory/Recording Media: The camera can record still images and movies onto its 75.3 MB internal memory, or SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The camera is also compatible with Eye-Fi cards that can transfer images wirelessly to a computer or similar device via Wi-Fi.
Still Image Formats: The MX-1 can shoot JPEG still images in 4:3, 16:9, 3:2 or 1:1 aspect ratios. You can set the image quality level (compression ratio) for each size to Fine or Normal. In addition, the MX-1 can record the output of the full CMOS image sensor without processing in Digital Negative (DNG) format. JPEG Image sizes include:
|12M: 4000 x 3000||9M: 3968 x 2232||10M: 3984 x 2656||9M: 2992 x 2992|
|7M: 3072 x 2304||5M: 3072 x 1728||6M: 3072 x 2048||5M: 2304 x 2304|
|5M: 2592 x 1944||3M: 2560 x 1440||4M: 2592 x 1728||3M: 1936 x 1936|
|3M: 2048 x 1536||2M: 2048 x 1152||2M: 2016 x 1344||2M: 1536 x 1536|
Movie Recording: Movies can be recorded in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format with audio recorded with the built-in monaural microphone. You can choose from Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 30 frames per second, or 1280 x 720 at 60 or 30 fps. The Quality Level is fixed at "Fine." High-speed Movie mode allows for slow-motion playback, and Time-lapse Movie mode allows for fast-forward playback.
Focus Modes: You can set the focus mode to one of the following:
Drive Modes: The MX-1 offers multiple Drive Mode options, including:
Metering: You can select the portion of the image sensor to use for measuring brightness and determining exposure:
Exposure Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you set the desired Exposure Mode. You can select from the following:
EV Compensation: You can deliberately overexpose or underexpose a picture using EV Compensation. The compensation value can be set between -2 and +2 EV at 1/3 EV steps.
White Balance: White Balance is a function for adjusting the color of an image so that white objects appear white. You can choose Automatic White Balance (AWB), or a preset White Balance depending upon the lighting source: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light (4 types), Flash, or Manual.
ISO Sensitivity: You can set the sensitivity to suit the brightness of the surroundings. The sensitivity can be set to ISO AUTO or manually between ISO 100 and ISO 12800. You can choose increments of 1 EV (8 steps) or 1/3 EV (22 steps).
Flash: The MX-1 has a built-in pop-up flash for use in low-light situations. There are several Flash Modes to choose from:
Quick Zoom: Single images can be magnified up to 10 times in playback mode. While the image is magnified, you can use the 4-way controller to move around in the magnified area.
Multiple Image Display: You can display four, nine, or 25 images on the LCD monitor at once. Images can also be displayed by folder or in a calendar display.
Image Editing: The Playback Mode Palette lets you perform playback and editing functions on recorded images and movies. Some of the functions include:
PC/AV Terminal: The proprietary PC/AV terminal can be used to connect the camera to your computer via the supplied I-USB7 cable. The terminal is USB 2.0 High-Speed compatible. You can also connect the camera to a TV using an optional I-AVC7 AV cable. The cable has composite video and mono RCA audio plugs. The AV output is automatically set based upon the hometown entered at the time of initial setup, in accordance with that region. The video output format can be manually set to NTSC or PAL, if necessary.
HDMI: You can connect the camera to a high definition TV (HDTV) via the Micro HDMI terminal (Type D), located on the side of the camera. A commercially available HDMI cable is required. The camera's default HDMI output is set to Auto. You can set it 1080i, 720p, or 480p, if desired.
DC-In: If you intend to operate the camera continuously for a long period of time, you should plug the camera into ordinary household current using the optional K-AC130 AC adapter kit. The AC adapter plugs into the dedicated DC-In jack on the side of the camera.
Battery Requirements: The Pentax MX-1 is powered by the D-LI106 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V, 1250mAh, 4.5Wh). The battery fully charges in approximately 2 hours 20 minutes, using the supplied D-BC106 battery charger. With a fully charged battery, you can shoot approximately 290 pictures (flash used for 50% of shots), or approximately 90 minutes of movie recording time. Playback time with a fully charged battery is approximately 4 hours 40 minutes.
Pentax S-SW130: The MX-1 comes with the Pentax S-SW130 software CD-ROM disc with SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE for Pentax Ricoh Imaging. With this program, you can develop RAW files, adjust the color of the images and other settings. Developed and edited images can be saved as JPEG or TIFF files.
Compatible Operating Systems: The supplied software is compatible with the following operating systems: