Pentax MX-1: This Camera's "Retro" Style Might Be Past Its Prime

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Pentax is a classic imaging company. So you've got to let them have their own crack at an old-school style camera, right? In theory, sure—but the new Pentax MX-1 feel just a little late to the party.

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Now we've got nothing against the brass-body design, and this $500 point-and-shoot has some undeniably slick features. We love that it's got a super fast f/1.8 lens and some manual controls familiar to the mode dials of DSLRs, like program and aperture or shutter priority modes. And the classic top-panel design with the exposure compensation dial—nice touch!

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But take a closer look at the camera's specs, like its 12.1-megapixel BSI CMOS. Then you start to realize that it offers a lot less than other models at this price. Companies have been making better manually-controllable point-and-shoots for years at the $500 level.

You see, with the retro-styled cameras from Fujifilm, something still feels fresh. In fact, just today, Fujifilm pumped out a refreshed design of two black and silver X-series cameras. Each had the same classic camera bodies as the previous models, but it didn't feel like a played-out gimmick because each was packed with some awesome new imaging technology.

What's the justification for picking up the new MX-1? If it's just the design Pentax is selling us—we're not buying. We'll take a closer look the camera this week, and we'll update you when we know more.

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It's apparently the same lens (and possibly sensor) as the Olympus XZ-2 according to http://www.dpreview.com/previews/pentax-mx-1/. From reactions on other sites, complaints so far are that it has a 1/1.7" sensor when the Sony RX100 has a 1" sensor (but most every other good compact has 1/1.7" and Fuji's 2/3" is barely bigger); no EVF; no hotshoe or accessory port; and instead of 2 configurable e-dials, it has one e-dial and a dedicated exposure compensation dial. I still think its kinda cool though.