Pentax's 4x optical smc lens features a standard 28-112mm zoom range, making it great for everyday use in standard shooting situations. Its maximum aperture of f/1.8-2.5 gives it excellent low-light performance, extremely shallow depth of field, and beautiful bokeh. The built-in sensor shift image stabilization allows you to shoot handheld in lower light than normal while still capturing sharp, blur-free images.
Working with the 4x optical zoom lens is a 12-Megapixel Backside Illuminated CMOS imaging sensor. Pentax did well keeping the megapixel count down on this high sensitivity sensor, which allows the larger pixels to capture more light, increasing your image quality and low-light performance.
- Normal: 1.3' to infinity (wide), 5.2' to infinity (tele)
- Macro: 2" to 19.7" (wide) 8" to 19.7" (tele)
- Super Macro: 0.4" to 7.9" (1cm) (wide)
Hidden in the top of the camera body is the small but effective pop-up flash unit. At ISO Auto, the flash has a range of up to 40ft (W) and 29ft (T), making it very useful in low-light situations as well as working very well as fill in harsh lighting situations. It works in all the standard modes as well as slow speed synch and second curtain synch.
Framing and viewing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch 920,000 dot tiltable LCD screen. With the same high res. screen that is found on most dSLR cameras on the market today, you will have no problems using it in all lighting conditions. For tough shooting situations, it will tilt up to 135°, allowing you to hold and operate the camera without having it directly in front of your face.
On top of the camera you will find several controls, including the Mode dial and power button to the left. To the right side are the shutter release, which is coupled by the zoom control, dedicated video recording button and the exposure compensation dial. Both of these dials take some pressure to turn, which helps to prevent them from being adjusted accidentally while shooting or just being carried around in a bag.
Controls on Back: At the top you will find the command dial, which allows you to quickly change camera settings in manual shooting modes as well as allowing you to zoom in on images in playback mode. Under that you will find the AV/AE-L button followed by the "Green" button and playback button. To the right of those is the 4-way controller, which along with navigating the menus, also acts as shortcuts to the burst/self timer, macro, ISO and flash settings. At the bottom of the camera are the INFO and Menu button.
Hidden under a door on the right side of the camera you will find the camera's two I/O ports. On top is a USB multiport, allowing you to connect to any computer or printer or with the help of an optional A/V cable, to any standard definition TV. On the bottom is a mini-HDMI cable for connecting to any HDTV with a HDMI port. No HDMI cable is included.
Although it does have a small 75MB (Approx.) internal memory, it will only hold a few images so you will still have to rely on an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. The MX-1 is shown here with the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1, 8GB memory card that it was tested with.
Powering the MX-1 is a 3.6V, 1250mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. According to Pentax, this battery is capable of supplying enough power to capture up to 290 images or record video for up to 90 minutes. Also included is the portable quick charger shown above. This allows you to keep you battery, and a spare, charged and on hand at all times, even when you are on the road.