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Pentax MX-1 Silver 12MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD Display (OLD MODEL) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Pentax MX-1 Silver 12MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD Display (OLD MODEL)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 83 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 3.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Macro5.0   above average
Pentax4.8   above average
Quality4.8   above average
Light4.7   above average
Screen4.6   above average
Price4.2   below average
Image4.1   average
Speed3.8   average
Lens3.6   above average


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Battery

Battery:
"I found that reviewing your pictures saps it the quickest, but you can shoot and shoot with this thing and not run out of juice (I'm happy I read the reviews here and didn't purchase an additional battery).Possible downsides?"
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"The battery life is also excellent."
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"I already have a Pentax and it was nice to share battery and knowledge of the controls."
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"It has great battery life and takes fantastic photos with accurate focusing and light metering, and excellent, passionate color rendering."
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"Interval movies and interval still shooting are available and well-implemented - helped by the MX-1's noticeable battery life advantage vs. the Q."
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"Battery life seems to be fairly decent considering the LCD is used for focusing and setting exposure."
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Fit

Fit:
"Fits well inside my parka but would probably be a problem in cargo pants or shorts."
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"Instead, I wanted something small enough to fit into my cargo shorts that handled well and took excellent pictures."
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"I love it and it fits easily in a camera case on my belt."
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"But what made me so happy about this purchase is the fit and finish of this instrument."
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"The Pentax MX fits my hand nicely and I can use it comfortably with one or both hands."
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"Fits well inside my parka but would probably be a problem in cargo pants or shorts."
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Focus

Focus:
"Focusing is quick, the HDR mode is phenomenal, the build quality first rate and image quality superb for the sensor size."
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"Other than the above limitation, this sturdy camera delivers crisp images, quick focus, great indoor low light shots."
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"Pros:Great image quality, especially considering the relatively small sensor sizeThe macro mode is OUTSTANDINGAuto focus works great, but camera also has a manual modeSturdy buildLots of different Scene modes that work wellSmall enough that you don't feel terribly burdened by it like you would a larger cameraDoes well in low light situationsYou can use it to shoot in RAW!"
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"Focusing is accurate, fast and smooth, macro mode works much better and is easier than the G15's."
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"It has great battery life and takes fantastic photos with accurate focusing and light metering, and excellent, passionate color rendering."
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Image

Image:
"I miss the view finder, sometimes in very bright sun to my back it is hard to see the image, but that is probably true of most."
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"Sometimes it will take so much time to register that you have pressed the button (just after start-up) that the camera will take a photo a second or two later, after you've missed your moment and are already moping, camera pointed at your shoes."
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"it doesn't replace my dslr but what an awesome little camera .. good images, only thing missing is the viewfinder"
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"Some complain that it is slow to read images, and I wouldn't recommend it for dynamic sports shooting etc."
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"This thing has a crappy light metering system and the definition of the images is average."
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"I have had enough of that type of poor ergonomics with the Canon SX50 superzoom- when you want to take a pic, then your finger brushes the ring and you've missed your shot."
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"Focusing is quick, the HDR mode is phenomenal, the build quality first rate and image quality superb for the sensor size."
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"I settled in on the Pentax MX-1, and I'm so happy that I did - it delivered amazing images under many different conditions (action, macro, night, sunset, you name it) and made our family trip something we'll remember vividly for decades to come."
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"The audio is decent (little camera mics can't compare to a dedicated shotgun mic) and the image stabilization is really good."
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"Video on the MX-1 is also top notch - the colors are vivid, the images are super crisp, and it performs really well in dark conditions."
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"I found the images are so sharp they can easily be cropped larger so that makes up for some zoom."
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Lens

Lens:
"I have gotten more shots with this compact unit that I would have all but missed with an SLR due to switching lenses etc."
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"It will not slip off and the nice thing is if you turn the camera on , the lens barrel pushes the metal cap off with hardly any effort."
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"I eventually got used to it, but it was frustrating to turn the camera on wanting to review and edit the day's pictures only to get an error message that the lens can't extend because the lens cap is in the way!"
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"Many reviewers have said nasty things about the lens cap which must be manually removed before turning on the camera."
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"However, I believe the Q system lacks enough lenses to challenge the MX-1 yet."
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"I wanted to add that I had purchased a metal lens cap which to me is much easier to remove than trying to squeeze the two tabs in on the one that came with the camera."
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"With it's fast Olympus lens, this thing is always on point, and with its well laid out controls, it's easy to quickly change settings for the next shot."
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"I love the display, the lens and the build quality are great."
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"The lens is fast and sharp - a great all-rounder that allows you to keep the ISO level way down."
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"I am a Pentax fan, currently own a K-5 IIs but have also owned a K-5, K-7 and a K-X with several prime LTD lenses, so it was relatively easy for me to decide what P&S camera to buy."
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Light

Light:
"This thing has a crappy light metering system and the definition of the images is average."
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"Low light performance is great for stills and a long as you don't go over ISO 800 for people - I've set it as the max."
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"Works well in low light."
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"Other than the above limitation, this sturdy camera delivers crisp images, quick focus, great indoor low light shots."
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"Pros:Great image quality, especially considering the relatively small sensor sizeThe macro mode is OUTSTANDINGAuto focus works great, but camera also has a manual modeSturdy buildLots of different Scene modes that work wellSmall enough that you don't feel terribly burdened by it like you would a larger cameraDoes well in low light situationsYou can use it to shoot in RAW!"
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"It has great battery life and takes fantastic photos with accurate focusing and light metering, and excellent, passionate color rendering."
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Macro

Macro:
"Macro is phenomenal down to 1cm."
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"Great Macro capability."
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"This camera is great for Macro photography."
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"Does great with macro."
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"Great macro function."
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Pentax

Pentax:
"Don't love the charger with the long cord- Pentax needs to come up with a battery charge that plugs directly into a wall socket."
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"I LOVE my Pentax MX-1 Black version."
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"I settled in on the Pentax MX-1, and I'm so happy that I did - it delivered amazing images under many different conditions (action, macro, night, sunset, you name it) and made our family trip something we'll remember vividly for decades to come."
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"As far as photos go, the Pentax performs well."
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"I already have a Pentax and it was nice to share battery and knowledge of the controls."
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"Pentax has a real winner with the MX-1."
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Price

Price:
"ConclusionIts a mixed bag, there's a lot to love about the MX1, but also a number of disappointments one would have thought cameras in this price point would have overcome."
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"For the features and price the MX-1 is hard to beat."
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"Still, especially if you are a RAW shooter, the MX-1 is hard to pass up at these prices."
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"Price is reasonable."
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"great camera for the price."
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"Among all the price range this camera is the best or second."
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"Anyway, thanks to the lower rating in USA, I was able to purchase at very low price."
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"For the price I paid, this camera would be the best for sure."
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Quality

Quality:
"I have a Canon S100 and the picture quality, at least in my eyes, is not nearly as good."
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"Excellent camera, amazing quality, and pretty nice heft to it too"
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"Focusing is quick, the HDR mode is phenomenal, the build quality first rate and image quality superb for the sensor size."
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"I can certainly say in the world of good smart phone cameras a high quality digital camera still makes sense and is needed."
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"great cameraexcellent valuehigh quality"
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"The MX1 was by far the best build quality."
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Screen

Screen:
"Some miss a viewfinder, and on the very bright snowy day last week I had a bit of problem with the screen."
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"I am able to move the LCD screen in positions that have enabled me to take shots that I would have never thought of just looking through a viewfinder."
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"Tilt screen a great advantage."
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"The LCD screen is so much sharper and is much easier to see in sunlight than the one for the RX100."
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"The foldout LCD screen is terrific and seems sharper than the G15's."
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"The LCD screen is big and clear."
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Setting

Setting:
"And I agree that if you change the setting from bright to natural, it solved 80% of the problem."
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"With it's fast Olympus lens, this thing is always on point, and with its well laid out controls, it's easy to quickly change settings for the next shot."
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"There are plenty of settings to play with for the best outcome."
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"Battery life seems to be fairly decent considering the LCD is used for focusing and setting exposure."
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"In an area with good light and even indoor shots, I was very pleased at the way camera's internal program picking the right setting for pleasing pictures."
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"The first pictures I took were just amazing and that was just using the auto settings!"
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Size

Size:
"Weight is fine, finding the correct size case is a challenge."
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"I had to compromise some on size but overall, I am happy with my choice."
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"Great advanced but small camera."
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"Well, there's the size of thing."
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"I got some beautiful pictures at our local zoo of small creepy critters like frogs,snakes and spiders."
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"I had to compromise some on size but overall, I am happy with my choice."
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"Well made, kinda heavy for its size but to me that's a plus."
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Speed

Speed:
"Funny clicking for many years ahead, just bought a spare charger and two additional batteries, ready to rock in the incoming trips... Just a bit complain about the camera is the file writing speed even with pro level card, nothing else."
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"Some complain that it is slow to read images, and I wouldn't recommend it for dynamic sports shooting etc."
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"Still, it is far far better to get a photo at a good shutter speed by using a wide open fast sharp lens, than having a crappy photo."
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"I am saving to a SDHC SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB, so I seriously doubt that the excessive time is related to a slow SD card."
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"Pretty slow write times, even when shooting in JPEGYou're stuck with this flash, there's no way to attach a hot shoe."
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"Focusing is accurate, fast and smooth, macro mode works much better and is easier than the G15's."
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"Initial setup was fast and easy."
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"The lens is fast and sharp - a great all-rounder that allows you to keep the ISO level way down."
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"The flash does have red eye reduction, slow speed sync, slow speed sync with red eye as well as trailing curtain sync."
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