Playback and Editing Features
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
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
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
Focus Modes: You can set the focus mode to one of the
- AF (standard): Used when distance to subject is 16" or
- Macro: Used when the distance to the subject is 2" to
- 1cm Macro: Used when the distance to the subject is
0.4" to 8"
- Pan Focus: Used when focusing on subjects near and far
in a wide range.
- Infinity: Used for taking distant objects.
- MF (manual focus): Lets you adjust the focus manually.
Drive Modes: The MX-1 offers multiple Drive Mode options,
- Single Frame: The camera takes a single photograph each
time the shutter release button is pressed.
- Continuous Shooting: Multiple, full resolution photos are taken while the shutter release
button is pressed fully (frame rate not given).
- Burst Shooting: Burst Shooting at higher frame rates
than Continuous Shooting is available at reduced resolution.
- Self-Timer: A single photo is taken after approximately 10
seconds to allow the photographer to get into the picture. A 2-second self
timer can be used to avoid camera shake when the shutter release button is
pressed. The 3-shot self timer mode records 3 pictures after a 10-second
- Remote Control: Using the optional remote control, the shutter is
released immediately or after a 3-second delay when the shutter release button on the remote is
pressed. You can
also use the remote control for continuous shooting. Pentax
offers the optional Remote Control F or Waterproof Remote Control O-RC1.
- Auto Bracketing: You can take three consecutive images
at different exposure levels when the shutter release button is pressed: at standard exposure, one
underexposed, and one overexposed.
Metering: You can select the portion of the image sensor to use for
measuring brightness and determining exposure:
- Multi-segment: The sensor meters the brightness in multiple
- Center-weighted: Metering is weighted at the center of the
- Spot: The brightness is measured only within a limited area at
the center of the sensor.
Exposure Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you set the desired
Exposure Mode. You can select from the following:
- Auto Picture: Automatically selects the optimal capture mode
for the subject. Possible modes include Standard, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Landscape,
Flower, Portrait, Sport, Candlelight, Blue Sky, Portrait x Blue Sky,
Portrait x Backlight, Portrait x Sunset, Sunset, Group Photograph, and Text.
- Scene Mode: Lets you choose the capture mode from
various scene styles. Scenes include: Portrait, Flower, Landscape, Blue Sky, Sunset, Night Scene,
Handheld Night Snap, Night Scene Portrait, Candlelight, Fireworks, Food, Surf & Snow,
Pet, Kids, Sport, Digital SR, Text, Candid Capture, Digital Wide, Digital
Panorama, and Miniature.
- HDR: The camera captures three images with different
exposures that are automatically processed to store a single composite
picture with a wide dynamic range.
- User: You can save exposure settings and recall them
- Program (P): The camera automatically sets the shutter
speed and aperture value to obtain a proper exposure.
- Shutter Priority (Tv): After you set the shutter speed,
the camera automatically sets the aperture value to obtain a proper exposure.
- Aperture Priority (Av): After you set the aperture, the camera automatically sets the shutter
speed to obtain a proper exposure.
- Manual (M): Lets you set the aperture and shutter speed
to record the picture with creative intent.
- Movie: Lets you record movies in High Definition with sound.
- Green Mode: This mode is used for quick capturing,
using the standard settings registered in advance.
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
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:
- Auto Flash: the flash automatically fires based on brightness of
- Flash Off: the flash does not fire regardless of subject
- Flash On: the flash fires with each picture when manually popped up; does not
charge when retracted
- Auto + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires automatically with a
pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Flash On + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires when popped up with a
pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Slow-speed Sync: the flash fires during a slow shutter speed;
lights foreground subject while maintaining a distant lit background
- Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires during a
slow shutter speed, with a pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Trailing Curtain Sync: the flash fires immediately
before closing the trailing curtain of the shutter. Moving objects are
captured as if they are leaving a trail behind.
Playback and Editing Features
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
Image Editing: The Playback Mode Palette lets you perform playback and
editing functions on recorded images and movies. Some of the functions include:
- Slide Show: Continuously play back images at different
intervals (30, 20, 10, 5, or 3 seconds), transition effects (wipe, checker,
fade, random, off), and sound effects.
- Image Rotation: Rotates images so they will be
displayed at proper orientation.
- Stretch Filter: You can stretch a user-selected area of
a 4:3 image and store it as a 16:9 image.
- Small Face Filter: Reduces the size of faces detected
by the camera.
- Collage: You can create a collage image by placing
captured images on a selected pattern.
- Digital Filter: You can edit images using
the following digital filters: B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color,
Color Emphasis, High Contrast,
Starburst, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature, Slim, and Invert Color.
- HDR Filter: You can adjust parts of an image that are
too bright or too dark, and process images to simulate an HDR effect.
- Original Frame: You can overlay a decorative frame over
a selected part of the picture. Text can be entered on the picture as well.
- RAW Development: You can convert RAW images into JPEG
images, and save them as a new file.
- Movie Edit: Recorded movies can be divided into two
separate files, and still images can be captured from single frames.
- Red Eye Edit: You can correct images where the
flash has caused the subject to appear with red eyes.
- Resize: Change the number of recorded
pixels and quality level and save it as a new image.
- Cropping: Cuts out only the desired area of the
selected image and saves it as a new image.
- Image Copy: Images stored on the internal memory can be
copied to an inserted SD card, or vice versa.
- Protect: Protects images and movies from deletion.
- DPOF: Sets and stores parameters for printing images on
the SD card, allowing you to print the images as desired on a DPOF-compatible
printer or at a photo processing lab.
- Start-up Screen: You can select a still image to appear
on the LCD monitor when the camera is first powered up.
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
Compatible Operating Systems: The supplied
software is compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows 8 (32-bit, 64-bit)
- Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
- Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit)
- Windows XP SP3 or later (32-bit Home/Pro)
- Macintosh: Mac OS X Ver.10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7 or 10.8