Featuring a fast 4X wide zoom lens, a back‐illuminated CMOS sensor and a tilt-able LCD monitor
February 28, 2013: Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company Ltd is pleased to announce the Australian release of the PENTAX MX‐1 digital compact camera.
A classically designed creation reminiscent of the days of film, the MX-1’s key features include an optical 4x zoom lens with a maximum aperture of F1.8 to F2.5, a 1/1.7 inch back illuminated CMOS sensor and SLR-like operability. Combined, these assets deliver rich, sharp images even in dimly lit locations, while making it possible to produce beautiful depth of field for portraiture and still‐life photography.
Availability and pricing
On sale now, the MX-1 is available in black and silver from leading camera retailers.
1. Large‐aperture, optical 4X zoom lens, ideal for low‐light shooting and high‐quality image definition
The PENTAX MX‐1 features an optical 4X zoom lens offering a large maximum aperture of F1.8 to F2.5 and a 28mm wide‐angle coverage (in the 35mm format). Because the camera’s high performance assures sharp, well‐defined images even when this zoom lens is set at maximum aperture and the widest angle of view, the photographer can use faster shutter speeds in dimly lit locations and take advantage of a beautiful bokeh (out‐of‐focus) effect in the background.
The MX‐1 also provides the 1cm Macro mode to capture dramatic close‐up images of a subject from just one centimetre away, and the Intelligent Zoom function to extend the zoom coverage up to approximately 7.8X (for a focal length of approximately 218mm in the 35mm format) without compromising image quality.
2. Back‐illuminated CMOS image sensor to optimise image quality in high‐sensitivity shooting
The MX‐1 incorporates a newly designed back‐illuminated CMOS image sensor. With a top sensitivity of ISO 12800 and approximately 12.0 effective megapixels, it boasts remarkable high‐sensitivity, low‐noise characteristics to deliver super‐high‐resolution images. Supporting the sensor is a state-of‐the‐art imaging engine utilising the latest Super Resolution technology, to produce clear, high‐quality images with well‐defined details.
In addition, the MX-1’s Handheld Night snap mode helps the photographer capture blur‐free night‐time images by taking multiple images at one time, then combining them into a single composite picture.
3. Classic design reminiscent of film cameras; tilt-able LCD monitor
With its textured‐rubber grip, and brass top and bottom panels that develop a distinctive appearance after years of use, the MX‐1 offers a classic design reminiscent of traditional film cameras. It also features a number of metallic parts, including the lens ring, to further complete the tasteful, high‐class finish down to the fine details.
A pop-up auto flash and a large tilt-able high-definition (920,000 dot) LCD monitor complete the package.
4. In‐body RAW data development and dedicated exposure compensation dial for SLR operability
Thanks to a dedicated exposure compensation dial, the MX‐1 assures creative freedom is never more than a finger reach away. It also features a mode dial for swift, effortless setting of 10 different shooting modes — ranging from the hands‐off Auto Picture and the all‐purpose Programmed AE, to the more creative Aperture‐priority AE, Shutter‐priority AE and Metered Manual.
What’s more, the MX‐1 comes equipped with a host of SLR‐standard features to further enhance operability, including advanced UI (user interface) functions, easy‐to‐access controls and in‐body RAW data development.
5. Dual shake‐reduction system to assure sharp, blur‐free images
The MX‐1’s dual shake‐reduction system couples the PENTAX‐developed sensor‐shift‐type
SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism with a digital SR mode to more effectively compensate for annoying camera shake. This hybrid system assures the photographer of sharp, blur‐free images even when using the telephoto zoom, shooting in poorly lit locations or photographing sunsets.
6. Full HD‐standard movie recording for extended recording of high‐quality movies
Since the MX‐1 features the Full HD movie recording function employing the H.264 recording format, the user can capture high‐quality, extended movie clips (with 1920 x 1080 pixels, at a 16:9 aspect ratio, and at a frame rate of 30 frames per second). It provides a dedicated movie recording button on its top panel to instantly start recording a movie from any shooting mode. It even offers creative movie capture mode — including a High‐speed Movie mode* for slow‐motion playback and a Time‐lapse Movie mode* for fast‐forward playback.
A micro‐HDMI terminal (Type D) is provided on the camera body for the output of recorded movies and sound to external devices.
* In these modes, the recorded size is fixed at VGA dimensions (640 x 480 pixels).
7. Other features
I. Remote control sensors on front and back panels
II. Dual‐axial digital level for accurate horizontal and vertical alignment
III. 15 digital filters, including Miniature and Toy Camera, to add creative touches to captured images
IV. A range of creative image‐processing tools including Stretch and Small Face filters and
V. A choice of four aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9. 3:2, 1:1) to accommodate specific applications
VI. SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE for PENTAX RICOH IMAGING RAW data development software (designed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) included, in addition to in‐body RAW data development
VII. Compatibility with Eye‐Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards
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