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Pentax MX-1 Announced

A retro-styled enthusiast point-and-shoot · 01-07-2013 · By PF Staff in Pentax News
Pentax MX-1 Announced

Pentax has just announced the MX-1, the company's first entry into the "enthusiast" point-and-shoot market.  As such, this camera will deliver more manual controls, more features, and better image quality than your everyday point-and-shoot.

What's most noteworthy about this camera, however, is its retro styling: Pentax has finally created a camera that resembles a classic SLR.  Take a look at the original Pentax MX to get a sense of the design elements that the new MX-1 embodies.

Original Pentax MX SLR

Apart from the fact that's the MX-1 is not an SLR, the overall design of these two cameras is actually quite similar.  Pentax is also launching the MX-1 in black, a color option that was also available back in the old days for select SLRs.  One cool thing about the black body is that as it gets worn, the brass below the paint will become exposed, giving the camera a very classic look.

MX-1 Brass when aged

The MX-1 will become available next month (in February, 2013) at a retail price of $499.95 USD.  It can already be pre-ordered in the US.


The Pentax MX-1 features the latest in Pentax technology and will likely feel very much like a Pentax Q in a much larger package.  It has a 1/1.7" 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, can record Full-HD video at 30FPS in H.264 format, and has a 4x F1.8-2.5 zoom lens corresponding to 28-112mm on film.  The maximum ISO is 12,800.

Because it's an enthusiast camera, the MX-1 can shoot in RAW and supports the all the basic shooting modes (P/A/S/M a.k.a P/Av/Tv/M) in addition to full-auto and scene modes.

For the full specifications, please visit the MX-1's entry in our camera database.


At first sight, the MX-1 looks like a wonderful camera.  We're happy to see that Pentax has finally made a retro-styled camera for those who have been passionate about Pentax for a while or enjoy retro-styled cameras.  We like the large, high-resolution LCD (the same one found on DSLRs), which delivers twice the resolution of the one found on the Pentax Q. 

Given its launch price of $500, however, enthusiasts might expect a little more than the MX-1's small 1/1.7" sensor, which is similar if not identical to the one found in the Olympus XZ-2.  This sensor's area is about 50% greater than that of the Pentax Q, but less than half of that of a 1" sensor found in cameras such as the Sony RX-100.  Other camera makers are already using 1", APS-C, and now full-frame sensors (thanks to the Sony RX-1) in their enthusiast offerings, and we know that larger sensors deliver cleaner images with less noise and better resolution.  The MX-1 also lacks a hot shoe, which means that there will be no external flash support.  Furthermore, we think that the tilting LCD takes away from the retro styling, as Pentax should have just made it fully articulating if they wanted to go down that route.  Ultimately, we would have preferred for the MX-1 to be a DSLR, but rather than speak to soon, we will wait until we actually hold this camera in our hands before drawing further conclusions.  In other aspects, such as video recording and shooting modes, however, the MX-1 looks promising, and we sure like its fast F1.8-2.5 lens!

One other observation that we'd like to make is that the MX-1 has a green button as well as a red button, which can be used to start video recording, like on the K-01.  We hope that the red button becomes standard on all Pentax DSLRs and enthusiast camers from now on.

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pentaxian_tmb [Delete] Feb 14th, 2013 10:47AM

Forgive my ignorance, but it seems Pentax has been following an odd business model as of late of releasing overpriced products that under perform compared to similar offerings by their competitors. At a price of $500...what is the intended market for this?

As to the LCD screen....I find it odd that they put a tilting screen on this, which apparently is supposed to look "retro", but not the k-01.

Finally, I too once wondered how I would get along without a viewfinder....However, after enjoying my K-01, I can say that I rarely miss the VF and that the LCD screen has opened up a whole new way of shooting for me.

kivis [Delete] Feb 8th, 2013 8:30AM

Is there a turn able ring at the base of the lens for things like aperture control, etc?

Grigoris [Delete] Feb 4th, 2013 5:19AM

Spent some quality time with the MX-1 at CP+ this weekend. Nifty little thing and I'd sure love to get my hands on one and try a few shots not possible in a trade show booth. But wait -I can't! The good people of Pentax decided it isn't going to be available in Japan! I guess they fear it might mess with their brilliant marketing plan of releasing an "Evangelion Q10" only twenty years (give or take) after the anime...

vapentaxuser [Delete] Jan 15th, 2013 11:36AM

If it has a sharp lens, decent exposure, good color/contrast, and the AF is reasonably fast it should compare very well to its competitors. If it checks all those boxes, you are not going to notice a huge difference between it and the RX100 during everyday use.

gooseta [Delete] Jan 15th, 2013 10:13AM

In the uk the RX100 is only slightly pricier. Stick a 1/1.3" or 1" sensor in there and get the lens to be 1.8-2.2 and they would have a winner. Even with brass at that price I would buy a new lens or an rx100

ChrisJowett [Delete] Jan 11th, 2013 7:52PM

Love the style, but not the specs. The Pentax M series (and the Olympus OM) outperformed their Canon/Nikon rivals with smaller size and superior ergonomics without sacrificing specs or quality. Can't really say that about any of the mirrorless offerings so far. The Sony RX100 is both smaller and better spec'd than this model and there are Nikon 1 and and Olympus MFT models with better IQ and interchangeable lenses than the MX-1 in similar size/weights. I like the screen and wouldn't miss the hotshoe or EVF as it wouldn't be an only camera, but would still prefer an RX100. This camera is big enough to have sported at least a 1" or even 4/3" sensor and led it's class in IQ.

keefyH [Delete] Jan 11th, 2013 11:29AM

"The overall design of these two cameras is really quite similar" err, in what respect?
I just hate the references to "retro" but of course I'm just a cranky old fart who remembers (and still uses) the wonderful classic Pentax manual focus film cameras.

Graylion [Delete] Jan 10th, 2013 5:34AM

For us folks of a more "mature" age, a viewfinder is absolutely essential due to a common condition known as "long-sightedness". In my youth I actually used to be short-sighted so needed to wear glasses/spectacles for any precise viewing greater than 6ft away - watching TV, driving etc. From about the age of 50 my sigh progressively became longer such that I don't need specs for anything except reading and close-up work now. I regard this as a benefit. It means that I need to wear "reading" glasses to view a camera screen so I don't like the trend in still and video cameras of removing the eye-level viewfinder. The other problem with screens is bright light. Those who say you don't need a viewfinder must be taking most of their shots in the semi-darkness! The articulated screen is a good idea though!

Tord [Delete] Jan 9th, 2013 3:34PM

Sadly, for such a good-looking camera, there is no way to use a viewfinder, nor a normal flash on the camera. Why not a combo attachment, like that on Leica X2, or various m43 cameras, that can use either Leica's, or Olympus' EVFs (you can use either brand on either brand of cameras, should you like to do that, as they are electrically identical!).

I guess this is the first step to a new style of PENTAX MILC, after the ugly duckling, and most likely are mirrorless cameras the way of the future, for most, if not all,brands!

A hge step in the right direction, and it promises a lot good for the next decade!

Rupert [Delete] Jan 9th, 2013 1:23PM

It's a step in the right direction, but I don't see it anywhere near the newly introduced Fuji X20 in either styling or functionality. As for a viewfinder, those that live in very bright climates already know their necessity, and on the X20 they not only kept it, they added viewable information to it.
Not knocking Pentax, my K5 is still one of the best cameras out there among all brands, but I do think Ricoh has to do better to stay in the game.

TheOtherRob [Delete] Jan 9th, 2013 5:44AM

Oh, for goodness' sake!

ANYBODY who cannot understand ANYONE wanting a camera without a viewfinder actually needs to take their eye OUT of their viewfinder and take a look around. The fact is that the big screens are not just OK for a few things, but GREAT for a LOT of stuff; like having fun! I LOVE using my Pentax Q without a viewfinder. I OFTEN use it in LOTS of sunlight and have taken shots with it that I could never have done with my K-5... if only because the Q is light, handy and with me nearly all the time.

Okay, CAPS OFF now:).

Sure, there are also lots of times I need my K-5 and its viewfinder, too. There are certainly things better done with a viewfinder than a screen. But the reverse is true as well. The fact is that leaving a tiny, squinty little veiwfinder off a P&S is hardly new fangled and is frankly sensible.

Even the small sensor is okay. Really. Its a little sensor for a little camera. It's not a DSLR or an ILC of any kind. Maybe Pentax chose that sensor because it was appropriate for the system? Its not as though 135mm film wasn't a compromise format at one time as well. The sensor is just one part of a system, just like the viewfinder or lack thereof. Sheesh.

As for the styling... I like the retro look and materials, but they haven't finished the job. It looks kinda awkward, like a compromise. It looks like a pair of nice metal plates laced up in a leatherette corset with a EP-1 bursting out the back. Also, the MX reference is gratuitous at best. But I do hope Pentax keep exploring this path.

Good luck to Pentax for trying something different. I took up this brand BECAUSE they don't do stuff the Canikon way.

Oops...caps again...

VK3DBD [Delete] Jan 9th, 2013 3:59AM

The "compact" digi cameras have come a long way in terms of quality now.
But I cannot understand ANYONE wanting a camera of any type without an eye level finder.
The big screens are Ok for a (very) few things but the best is near impossible to see in sunlight and certainly fail if onbe is trying to accurately fram a shot.

hiktaka [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 4:28PM

What's particularly retro about this?
just moderately simple

chiane [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 4:15PM

civiletti, I and many others have a k-01, and shockingly it actually works just fine without a viewfinder. I can frame pictures just as well. In fact, for lots of non-tripod shooting situations, and tripod, it actually works better that having the camera jammed against your face. I know, how could this be? There is more than one way to take pictures, even though all the old people tell me there's only one way. Change is good sometimes. Embrace it.

civiletti [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 2:37PM

chiane: a camera without viewfinder is fine, as long as it sits on a tripod. If I wanted to hold a camera at arm's length, I would use a moblile phone. Then I could make calls, do email, and surf the net on the same device.

civiletti [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 2:26PM

The MX is known for its great viewfinder. This camera has NO viewfinder.

For the price, it should have an APS-C sensor.

I agree about the LCD. It should either be fixed or fully articulated.

JFN [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 11:35AM

I went with the Lumix LX7, great stuff (and super fast lens), only downside is that I have to get an EVF when summer arrives, though at least there's a shoe and port to fit it in....

chiane [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 10:14AM

Ok, we get it already, if it doesn't have;

1.)a minimum APS-C sensor
3.)hot shoe
4.)two control dials
5.)and something more in keeping with your memories of your MX from your youth don't want it. Maybe the obvious is still escaping you, but old guy camera enthusiasts that post on message boards is not the target market with this camera. Well, maybe old guys, but the camera you want would be twice the price! And maybe they will make it, but the responses to this are soooooo predictable. And really, get over the viewfinder thing already and open your minds. Just because you shot a certain way for 50 years doesn't mean that's the only way.

AndrewG NY [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 9:58AM

It looks like a reasonably nice camera...though:
- Pentax should have been in this class 2-3 years ago (competitors already have second-generation or later models)
- a camera this large and capable should include a hotshoe

It's a bit steeply priced for the feature set at time of introduction, but I expect this camera will be more like $400 before we know it, and will be available for ~$350 by the end of the year. If it ends up undercutting its competitors on street price some of the omissions can be excused.

LFLee [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 9:57AM

with manufacturer releasing many new P&S cameras recently, obviously the market for small sensor P&S is still there. :)

If you want large sensor.... then you are not their targeted buyer for this camera. Although I am not interested in this type of camera, I am a bit disappointed with the fact that there is no 'wow' factor in new camera released by Pentax - like Fujifilm's "split screen" focusing, gathering a lot of buzz. Where is the "wow" factor in this one? the "dual image stabilization"? .... if it is so, emphasize it and make a buzz. Unique feature set you apart from the crowd.
btw... video function is still pretty embarrassing.

wacrider [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 9:32AM

Would really like to upgrade my K1000, but if I can't stick my Pentax lenses on it I don't want it. So far unimpressed with all the offerings.

Perhaps a Spotmatic APSC, articulating screen, flash, takes legacy lenses including SM thru an adapter. Spot & centerweighted metering, limited menu (file size, file type and flash compensation), exposure compensation dial on top. No zoom lever. Simple Stupid.

ChopperCharles [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 9:24AM

It is a really sexy camera... the lack of a hot shoe is honestly the biggest flaw for me. Although, not using that beautiful ring around the lens for zooming is also a huge, huge annoyance. I absolutely DESPISE those little zoom rings around the shutter. I keep hitting it when I want to turn the camera on or off. But nobody has seemed to figure out an enthusiast wants zoom and focus controls on the lens itself. Anyhow... if... no, when the price drops, I'll probably pick one up. Not that I need it mind you... ;)

eddyhsu1978 [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 9:08AM

If Ricoh/Pentax released a P&S with quality fast fixed focal range of 28mm/35mm or even a P&S version of the DA 40mm 2.8 pancake given its awesome quality and size, with a heart of the old K-5 APSC sensor and a hot shoe. Don't care what it be called or look like as long as it doesn't look like a K-01, i will be happy to pay 800-900 bucks for it, and i won't even complain if it doesn't have a EVF although that be a huge added bonus lol.... ahhh dreaming again....

pericombobulation [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 8:39AM

It does have RAW? Well that changes things a bit! After futzing around with my family members' P&S cameras over the holidays, the one thing I keep thinking is that I wish they had RAW capability. I can recognize and accept the limitations in P&S cams, but RAW seems like a no-brainer because it could probably be implemented very inexpensively via firmware. And as far as sensor size goes, I guess it could be worse - many cameras in this price range use 1/2.3, so at least it's a step up from that. I wonder if they use a small sensor not so much to save cost but as a way to artificially increase zoom via the high crop factor?

Anyway, it still wouldn't be for me, but if anyone I know is looking for a new P&S maybe I'll steer them toward the MX-1 (assuming the price comes down).

wjhawthorne3 [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 8:08AM

As I think about it, this does look like a great $300 camera for $500. Hmm

JimJohnson [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 7:11AM

yawn. something else Pentax won't sell me. I might be interested if it had a built-in optical viewfinder. It doesn't have to be SLR or even rangefinder. I'd settle for a plain viewfinder with tick marks for various focal lengths. I have yet to see an LCD that can compete with direct sun and be fast enough to shoot action. Take a look at the Nikon P7100.

ivanvernon [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 5:18AM

Very nice concept even if a bit puzzling to figure out its market segment, but its reality does not quite let it replace my Canon G-12 because lack of a hot shoe, lack of a view finder, lack of the reticulating rear screen, and lower level of pocketability.

jon404 [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 1:37AM

Looks like an XZ-2, but $150 cheaper?
Looks like my XZ-1, too... but no hotshoe, ouch. Although you could use the little pop-up flash to set off optical slave flashes, like I do with the XZ-1. But the hotshoe lets you put a decent flash with an adjustable head on the camera, which helps when you bounce it, backwards, off the wall/ceiling for interior shots... and also set off the slave speedlights. The XZ-1 flash can be reduced to 1/64 power, which is a treat. Just wish it had a little built-in gel holder!

JensMA [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 1:36AM

GOM* comment, No hotshoe and no viewfinder - dealbreaker, atleast for initally. I`m in the camp with the folks that compares it with the Nikons and Canons. This should have been a competitor to the Canon Powershot G`s, but without the aforementioned details I have difficulities seeing it as such. Buying it just on grounds of aesthetics are no option.

GOM: Grumpy Old Man... :-)

robertopentaxman [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 1:29AM

Why?!!! I was hoping an original Pentax model in this category and this is a clone. The Oly at least has a grip and a hotshoe. I´m a LX5 user and I was waiting more than this to upgrade my Panny. Small sensor, no grip, not even a filter thread; the last one would be an awesome, inexpensive and clever addition. As a LX5 user who should bought an adaptor tube just to use 52 mm filters( a polarizer and an UV/IR Cut) loosing portability and money of course, I don´t get the point of this. I feel sad. Hey Pentax, be different!

Richdog [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 1:24AM

Ahhh Pentax/Ricoh... once a great company now relegated to releasing pointless gimmicks. Sad.

hongzhibin1987 [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 12:19AM

It is really difficult to express my feelings on this.
First of all I have to admit that this partly fulfilled my anticipation about a carrying-around PS camera with okey size and classy design.
HOWEVER, I don't like the price & the lens. EVEN it is designed for Pro-consumers, I doubt what we can do with 1/1.7 ccd & HUGE ZOOM Lens. I would rather see a 35mm fixed lens with larger sensor. And the focus speed could be a problem.
Just let's hope Pentax can release a better/updated version of MX-1. probably LX-1? IDK.

VaderSS [Delete] Jan 8th, 2013 12:02AM

I wish the K-01 had been styled more like the MX-1 and had an articulating screen too.

dichro1 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 11:14PM

Where is the flash shoe and viewfinder? For $500?

Rush2112 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 10:16PM

Glad that is cleared up Adam, thanks :)

Adam [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 10:08PM

It does have RAW

Rush2112 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 10:03PM

I read below there's no raw? That doesn't seem right. It has to have raw, right?


Rush2112 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 10:00PM

Don't dog too hard on the 1 1/7" sensor size. It's a Sony made sensor and those get a pretty darn good rating on DXO and in field use (I've got tons of experience using this sensor size in 10mp and 12mp formats). ISO 6400 shots from the Canon G15 and S100 for example, look quite good and best older generation DSLRS (about 05'and prior). The added DOF can be, and is, quite a lovely feature to have. With its nice bright f/1.8-2.5 lens you won't need to raise the ISO very often either. I for one am glad to see Pentax doing something like this although I agree the screen doesn't match it's styling. Remember that Canon has intellectual property on the tilt and swivel kind and it can cost a company a lot of money to get permission to use it.

-Carl Garrard

DLCrow [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 8:50PM

I was excited until I saw the sensor size. Sigh. Pretty camera. And that's the point, huh Pentax. All beauty - no brains.

richard balonglong [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 8:41PM

I don't know why a lot are looking for a viewfinder for a small P&S camera??? Can't they take any photos without a viewfinder?
Anyway, this new P&S Pentax is great, but, why did they named it into MX. The MX SLR was a great film camera, but now it was reduced down to a P&S camera. -_-

rjm [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 8:40PM

Giving an Olympus xz-2 some brass endcaps really doesn't add all that much to the value proposition. You'd have to be pretty gullible to see this for anything other than a cynical attempt by Pentax to jump on the current popularity of "retro" styled cameras.

hcarvalhoalves [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 8:08PM

The camera is *beautiful*, and the specs are solid. I'm surprised they used the MX name for a compact though, I almost had a stroke thinking they finally released a K-mount camera in retro design. Not yet it seems. Make a K-mount version of this with an EVF and I will buy for $900, thank you.

Saxplayer1004 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 7:50PM

I'll make a quick second comment.

I think the real issue that sparked all of these comments stems from the price point that they released it. I know everyone is crying out about the price drops that will obviously occur, but why not release it at the $350 range, or even $400 range where it can compete against the XF1 and EX2.

My initial comments stand, but for those saying that it's a point and shoot and doesn't need those features, you're correct, but at $500, it sure as hell better have them all when the competition already has those features. What is stopping me from buying the Canon G15 which has all of the features everyone is crying for at $450 instead of $500. I just think it's a marketing error. There's nothing wrong with the camera if it was put at an appropriate price point, and if they want to sell a $500 camera, it should probably have at least the specs of the Nikon P7700 at $400 or the Canon G15 mentioned above at $450. Both have a hotshoe *although for a camera like this, the hotshoe is a relative non-issue but still convenient*, and the canon has a viewfinder, and perhaps most importantly, both of those cameras will shoot in raw. Which is important since this price point puts them in DSLR buyers pockets for walkaround cameras, and for the aspiring photographer, RAW is likely something they'd be interested in. This could likely be added in a firmware update, but it still doesn't explain why they didn't include it when their biggest competition already has it

Aside from brand loyalty, this camera gives me no reason to buy it over Canikon which have better cameras at a lower price...

RAMOS79 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 7:20PM

I'm in the market at around $500, this is a nice camera.
The lid at left top of the camera doesn't look right, the rest of the dials look clean though.
The screen is a bit bulky, it may come in handy outdoors, but it looks at least 3/8" thick and I'd rather have a slimmer camera.
The lack of a hotshoe doesn't bother me.
I wonder if it'll stick to 28-80mm or go super wide/tele.
If it were to offer raw files I'd be all over it.

dmort [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 7:19PM

This is a great looking camera - I think there a nice balance of the retro styling with the modern touches. Realistically, I think that the number of photographers who care about retro styling AND about things like a larger higer resolution sensor are small. I know I'd like it, but I don't think many consumers would care that much. This is a camera that can compete with any of the retro styled models are the market (at least in looks and perhaps in usage and image quality) and so I think it makes sense for pentax.

Class A [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 6:58PM

It is hard to see how this camera is any more attractive than many already existing models. Hopefully that means that Pentax will release a regular FF DSRL, instead of holding back because they believe they don't have anything unique.

I wish the MX-1 good luck, but it seems it will need a lot. The lens doesn't look "retro" at all and many other elements (including coloured buttons) don't look "retro" either.

No red buttons on a DSLR, please. Also, being able to start video recording with the shutter release button has advantages, such as being able to remotely control video recording (e.g., with a Cactus V5).

sbroadbentphoto [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 6:47PM

I am a bit confused on how you would change exposure time and aperture in Manuel mode? Would the Ev wheel be continuous? There is no exposure button. I really like that it has an ISO shortcut button!

Scootskipper [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 6:40PM

It appears to be a handsome unit. I'm curious to see how it stacks up against Fujifilm's X-10. I wish Pentax luck with this one.

Scootskipper [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 6:38PM

It appears to be a handsome unit. I'm curious to see how it stacks up against Fujifilm's X-10

sbroadbentphoto [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 6:29PM

I think it will be a great little camera. It would be the pro shooters point and shoot. Set up much like an slr with most of the controls. Raw capability. If I buy another point and shoot, it will be this!

SonDa5 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 6:24PM

That sensor belongs in the Q. Pentax Q got me excited about making some Pentax purchases to go along with my K10D but now Q let me down and the Q10 is disappointing and so is this MX-1. Will be looking for it on shopnbc for under $200 and then consider it. Right now Pentax is getting left in the dust from other camera makers IMO.

PEM59 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 6:23PM

Maybe they will come out with a K1000D.


rparmar [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 6:20PM

Too little, too late. Pentax are getting desperate enough to produce bad clones of other company's gear. Sad.

ravula [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 6:04PM

OM-D looks closer to a digital MX than this

filoxophy [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 5:56PM

Other than the tacked-on-looking screen, the design is appealing to me. "MX" name is unfortunate, as others have already said. Pure marketing, but what are you gonna do. Lack of optional EVF, hot shoe, and lens control ring are not necessarily make or break in my book, but since the Oly has them all it is too bad they were omitted. I've been drooling over the XZ-1/2, so I'm glad to see a Pentax alternative. Would probably opt for the MX-1 because, let's be honest, I'm a fanboy--but if they were going off the XZ template, I do wish the Pentax had wifi or GPS or something to offer that the Oly doesn't.

Overall, I'm happy to see Pentax competing in this segment and it is a solid, if not slam dunk, offering.

rob_k20d [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 5:55PM

My hope is that the next Pentax camera will be a cross between this and the K-01. An interchangeable lens camera with the styling similar to this (and better autofocus than the K-01). Or, alternatively, a digital SLR that is essentially a digital camera in an MX body.

WillWeaverRVA [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 5:48PM

I will give Pentax credit, this camera looks really good. People who are crying that this announcement isn't about a FF camera need to calm down, it hasn't been that long since Pentax Ricoh said it would take some time to develop one, plus they're allowed to have other cameras in their line if they want to. I'm sure Canon and Nikon wouldn't be doing so well if all they made were DSLRs...

em-tx [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 5:17PM

Looks great...I am missing EVF... I really miss it on my point and shoot. It looks great though

mathan [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 4:42PM

Like every Pentax it is probably going to be a good camera. But still its gonna have tough competition against olymps xz2, pana lx7, canon g15,samsung ex2,fuji x10, nikon, p7700, sony rx100
so many to choose !!!

hkonowal [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 4:34PM

I was expecting it to be am exact replica of my (semi-retired!) trusty MX - was startled to see it looked more like one of those vintage Leicas - oh, well ...
Still an interesting looking machine, though ...

Spodeworld [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 4:31PM

This may turn out to be more popular than the general sentiment being expressed here. This seems like an option for someone stepping up from a P&S, who is not expecting all the bells and whistles that folks like us are. If it does sell well, it could enhance the Pentax name in the mind of the consumer, who barely even seems to know Pentax exists these days.

volosong [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 4:29PM

I'll pass. I "love" my MX. This thing is not an MX, or even an MX wannabe. It needs to have a prism box, (to complete the retro look), and a TTL viewfinder, (so one can take pictures during the daytime). A K-mount would be nice too, but I'd consider getting one if it had an optical viewfinder.

DSims [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 4:28PM

Upon looking closer (and pulling out my Olympus to compare) I think this actually IS an XZ-1/XZ-2, or at least the same lens!

So no worries about where the R&D money is going - they didn't have to spend any!

bossa [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 4:25PM

Oops! I meant to type EM-5 earlier.

furryurry [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 4:12PM

Waiting for LX-1 now: FF, hot shoe, EVF, K mount :)

DSims [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 4:12PM

As others have remarked, they've just re-created my XZ-1, only 2 years later.

Hopefully the sensor will perform like an XZ-2. But would it still fit in my pocket?

amc654 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 4:11PM

Love the looks of this camera, and would love to have one if I hadn't just bought a K-7 and have another Pentax DSLR.... Too many cameras, not enough $$$.

wanderography [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 4:07PM

pentax you bastards!!! I told myself I wasn't going to buy any new cameras this year...

MFor [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:39PM

Good, but small step +... Better give us MX-X with similar "MX body", mirror less, large sensor, ISO and EV turrets and of course K mount. :)

sam-joseph [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:38PM

Just thinking, this thing would look awesome with a k-mount, mirror box and hot shoe. Just like the one in the little picture further up this page.

Blue [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:38PM

At least it has a decent sized sensor!

photoman1 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:37PM

Pentax is still not on the right track...

Put R&D money towards lenses, AF and the FF!!!

leok [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:31PM

Seems to have been aimed at the Canon G15 or XZ1 though no hotshoe means it missed that mark. The P&S lens doesn't look retro either.

I would have preferred a camera aimed at the micro 4/3 market - the EPM1 has interchangeable lenses, hotshoe and decent sized sensor for the same money.

I can't see why such a basic camera should be named after an SLR.

A K01 type camera with retro looks would be much more interesting!

pentaxior [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:31PM

My first thought was: ahh, wonderfull, the MX again! That is because my experience with this type is great. I first started shooting with one piece, on every spot in Europe where I was at that moment: Austria, Itali, Germany, Switserland, Portugal, Greece, Norway, Denmark, U.K., and of course my own country. Now I have three copies from it, all working.

My second thought was: pity, we are now trying to reproduce old times. What was good in the days of 1970-2000 is not necessairy good for today. Other times, other habits, other advantages and preferences, but also other taxes, other traffic, cars, television, irritations a.s.o. You can’t really make a copy from it, anno 2013 everything is different.
The new MX-1 is not THE MX. It is, so to say unique, one in its own existence.

Anyway: this MX-1 is a hommage to the old camera. You may think of this one: the take-up size of the MX is 24 x 36 mm, all lenses will fit on it, also the newer ones, the resolution is equal to 150 lines per mm, horizontal x vertical, meaning: you have all possible take-up angles, interchangeble, coupled at a wonderfull resolution from about 150 x 24 x 150 x 36 = 19 megapixel random scattered (no regular prison bars).
The original is till now unbeatable. However, Pentax gets my congratulations. To replace a MX for his digital counterpart, due of too less originals, might be a big whish for many Pentax admirers.

We wait for the full frame digital Pentax.

GXRUser [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:27PM

based on the olympus zx-2 with the same lens. unlike the zx-1 or zx-2, the is no accessory port for an EVF.

SPO [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:24PM

A lot of people seem to expecting a lot from this camera, though we should know that this camera's target market is not the pros. That being said, from an enthusiast's standpoint it's a good camera to get, according to the specs. It's like Pentax made this to counter the Fujifilm X10, and with that idea in mind, all this baby needs is a hot shoe to be able fair better as a rival to the X10. Now with the coming of this camera, one can only wonder if Pentax is going to make a camera to rival the X100. Sorry bout the long comment, I was just really tired of seeing posts full of complaints and criticisms. Gotta stop looking down from our "high DSLR horses" and step down to see the camera from a different perspective sometimes, ya know? C'mon guys, it's a point-and-shoot targeted at enthusiasts, and not all enthusiasts are high demanding, pixel peeping pros.

climit [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:24PM

no external flash? what's that croppy thing? they are funny.

Biro [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:21PM

Let me add this to my earlier remarks about the MX: I didn't think I'd buy a K-01 or a Q, either. But when the price came down, I bought both - and discovered how much fun they are. Do I see a $299 MX under my tree next Christmas?

brh [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:20PM

So it has old-school looks without the sort of old-school UI attitude that makes the Fujis great. Another new Pentax disappointment.

D1N0 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:17PM

No need for a hot shoe, the camera has a flash, for when you decide to take crappy flash photo's (or fill flash) It's a compact, when you are going to lug around a flash unit, you might as well take your K-5. The articulated screen is great for street photography and macro. Limited zoom range will deliver better iq, the larger than 1/2.3" sensor will also improve iq. No viewfinder, it would make the camera much less compact. Sensor too small? Pentax can't make their own, sony won't sell their 1" yet. Anyway they would need to design a new 1" body while Ricoh allready has a 1/1.7" (GR IV) from which components or patents can be used. No AOC logo? Unforgivable ;)

wjhawthorne3 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:10PM

Stiff competition and really good implementation in this market segment - Fuji, Samsung, Lumix, Sony, etc. The MX looks pretty and well built (metal body) but some significant deign shortcomings - not a fully articulated screen, no hot shoe. For the money, I think I'll stick with my Samsung EX-1 (EX-2 now). I also agree with one of the other writers, I'd rather have seen Pentax come out with something more in the spirit of the original MX - kind of like the Olympus OM-D. Now, I do love my K-01 - really in its own niche - I'm not so sure that will be the case with the MX.

santago [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:08PM

Otro error Pentax que le lleva por malos caminos.

regor [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:06PM

Too small a step for me. Good build quality, I like it, but... give me:
- Hot Shoe
- 24-85/2.4 constant aperture lens w/ focusing and zoom rings for silent operation
- APS-C sensor
- combined Contrast + Phase Detect AF
- Filter thread
- Mode Dial: Green, Av, T/B, X, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100,... 1/2000 speeds
- Optical Rangefinder VF for MF and Manual Operation w/ light meter needle.

DaveBlack [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:04PM

Just another Pentax camera that I don't want. Where is the hotshoe. Where is the accessory port to take an exteral EVF. Sensor size is a little too small. It is not weather-sealed. Still it is a cute camera but not one for me. I have two K5 cameras and since then Pentax has came out with a Q, K-01, K30, and K5II/S and now this. Lets hope for something really interesting at CP+ and the end of the month.

wax [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:01PM

An overpowered Optio. Mmmhhh, seems right, I think, an obvious "next step". No more thoughts about LX7 or XZ-2. Are Pentax near to a Range finder cam?

Julie [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 3:01PM

Well, I don't think the design is bad. I like the retro look.
But I don't think I'd buy a camera like this at the $499 price (I'm spoiled by my $299 K-01, LOL)

TomB_tx [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:55PM

I'd never buy a camera without an eye-level finder. It's like they read the posts saying we wanted a "digital MX" - so they put some chrome on a zombie camera and (mis)used the name. An MX uses M-series lenses!

Warpig [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:47PM

@chiane LOL, so true my friend. Add to that a SMC HD 28-500mm F1.4-2 AL ED WR DC OMG WTF BBQ pancake.

Holger.b [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:42PM

Wow - an articulated screen! I want a K5IIIs with it!

pericombobulation [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:41PM

I love Pentax - I really do. But what are they thinking? Is this really what the market research is telling them that consumers want? Or am I really that out of touch? I hope for Pentax' sake that this camera is a hit, but from me all it gets is a yawn.

JEREMYHN100 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:33PM

Seriously people will go for this camera for its looks, I would rather have the X-5

JEREMYHN100 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:31PM

Nice looking camera, but is it really only 4x optical zoom

ChopperCharles [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:31PM

Lose the articulating screen and give me a hot shoe, and I'll buy it. Until then, Olympus XZ-1 is the ticket. I do absolutely love the retro styling though.

keyofnight [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:26PM

I love it, plain and simple. We people of the early 21st century are consumed by nostalgia, and every other company is profitting from nostalgia, so it's about time Pentax got on board. I just hope it's not too little too late.

bossa [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:25PM

To the person/people justifying this with the "baby steps" comments and similar; Why is that necessary? Olympus proves that you can hit a '6' without messing around like this. I realize the OM-5 is not the 1st incarnation of that series but one would have to think that Pentax buys those cameras and pulls them apart looking for ideas, whilst not necessarily reverse engineering or thieving. It's important to gain prestige by releasing something that captures everyone's attention and I can't see this as anything but another yawn. To actually use "MX" in the name is almost blasphemy and all but precludes releasing an authentic digital MX camera. Another Pentax fail I'm afraid. I guess the King really is dead.

Racerdew [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:16PM

Looks great! I think the tilt screen is a good thing and we shouldn't be stuck int he past with tradition. If it advances photography, then it is a good thing. Plus the ones who will buy this will be using the tilt screen to see over someone's head to photograph the third grade play.

tabl10s [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:14PM

Here we go again. There are cheaper Sony P & S' that have 16MP's for much less.

JFN [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:09PM

Great work Ricoh, but please, give us a shoe for an EVF (or better up, an optical viewfinder with exposure data in the bottom/side).


photoman1 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:04PM

too bad they didn't announce the FF for CES

why no Q mount?

BKSPicture [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:04PM

Why not make a Pentax MX with the PK mount and viewfinder ment for manual focus.
But digital instead of film.

Guess that pentax would have a hard time selling new lenses for a camera like that.
But I would be awesome and somthing that I would consider to buying

KenMasonphotography [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:02PM

The MX doesn't even look the same. Give me a camera I've "got to have one". I own a K30, K01 and Wg2 I'm not going backward in resolution. Start over, try again whatever it takes but not this junk.

zany225 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 2:00PM

This camera is like a hi-end compact killer! XZ series from Olympus, LX series from Panasonic, S series from Canon, etc.

However, it's kinda like a Q killer also?
I know they are for different markets and usage purpose. Q can change lenses. But if I want some small camera and I don't think I would use other zoom range. This one would be more perfect camera than Q, thinner, tilt LCD, more pocketable, (seem)better IQ, and faster lens.
Q beats it in term of, external flash usable, super-tele lens capability and huge amount of lenses changable.
Hate you and Love you, Pentax!

grux [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:57PM

Dratz, the MX SLR was and still is my favourite and oft used camera. Was hoping when I saw this announcement it would be along the lines of Olympus's OMD type camera. Oh well.

cfugle [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:57PM

Baby steps folk, baby steps. I think Pentax needs to penetrate the average consumer segment better to increase sales and thus development $$ come in. Pentax feels like Apple of the 1990's era. They had a god soul but lousy recent track record. One step after another, Apple slowly developed their market with intelligent easy to use products that consumers devoured and still do. Pentax products have always been rather well thought out and in many cases went against the common grain of marketing (K-5, k-7, K-30) and now this hopefully will reflect a newer thinking Pentax that celebrates it's uniqueness and begins a new journey that will include higher end products for serious needs.

FarmerJim [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:55PM

First thoughts: Small sensor, no hot shoe, no viewfinder, small sensor, looks great, needs ~fully~ articulated LCD, small sensor. Too expensive for what you get. It seems like more of a "Me too!" camera and nothing original or notable.

This is not a general enthusiast camera. It is for one enthusiastic about a 'Q' camera.

VisualDarkness [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:55PM

I think it looks like a fine compact. I don't see all the bad compromises considering the style they are after, looks quite comparable to Samsung EX-2 and its counterparts.

Konstantinos [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:50PM

I'm not a fun of retro design, either. It just bores me. The specs look promising though.

barkii [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:49PM

Maybe its a nice camera. But the statement that it resembles the old SLR is pure nonsense. Maybe in style, but in appearance there is no similarity whatsoever. You cannot make on non-SLR look like an SLR whatever you do with it.

chiane [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:44PM

and btw, retro styling isn't a huge step forward. You want your flat screen tv to be cutting edge by coming in a big oak cabinet next?

chiane [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:42PM

Reading the comments is good comic relief, yet so predictable. Unless Pentax uses the biggest sensor possible, has a viewfinder, hot shoe, fully manual external controls, retro style, wr, etc., etc., etc., then 'your out'. Oh, and the price point has to be super cheap as well. Your $400 FF range finder looking mirrorless with the 100% ovf is going to be awesome when pigs fly!

yozh [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:42PM


Saxplayer1004 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:41PM

would have much rather seen an alternative style to the K-01 or an all-metal Q. Lack of interchangeable lenses is fine, but the Optio is for that market, let it have it. The styling of the K-01 has kept me away from the initial run. It looks like a Japanese toy camera, not a legit one. The MX styling is epic and is a huge step forward, but at this price point, with that sensor, and no interchangeable lens, I think this one is going to be a flop... Too many compromises "down" from an SLR and not enough "up" from a point and shoot. It puts it in a very awkward market segment. I think the real winner would have been a K-01 with traditional styling in the $300-$400 price range for the body. Allow the SLR users to have a better cheaper body for video, a good flexible backup camera, as well as something easier to take around while on family vacations and what not. That is my ideal backup camera, and the MX-styling with the K-01 performance would have been much closer than the Q and this abomination...

snogglethorpe [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:35PM

It's a fashion-oriented PnS, with a very shallow retro skin on top. Small sensor; no VF; fixed lens.

I dunno what Pentax thinks they're doing here -- they're seemingly targeting the photo-enthusiast by using the MX name, but by completely gimping the functionality, they're not going to satisfy many of them...

I'm not a particular fan of Oly's OMd, but at least they _tried_ to do the name justice, and Fujifilm's combination of retro looks with serious functionality is a winner. What's Pentax doing for the retro market? A very conventional PnS with a retro color scheme.

Yet another disappointment...

Eulogy [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:34PM

Nice, aside from the shortcomings. Price is high, but I'm sure the price will come down a bit.

Biro [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:32PM

Hmm... the question for me, and many others I suspect, is whether the MX represents any kind of practical improvement over the Q. Yes, the Q has interchangeable lenses and the MX has a fixed zoom. But the 01 prime is f/1.9 at 47mm and the 02 zoom is f/2.8-4 from something like 28 to 85mm. The 06 zoom is a constant f/2.8 from 85 to 250mm.But the MX's specs do look suspiciously like those of the Olympus XZ-2.

Ubuntu_user [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:30PM

Congrats Pentax!

Docrwm [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:28PM

While I'm not a fan of them Pentax has taken onboard the clamor for tilt-screens it would appear; this being the second camera to have one in recent months.

As for price - the K-01 sold for what when released? The Q? They are selling for what now? The K-5 was $1700 and LAST Thanksgiving (2011 NOT 2012) it was $995. This one will drop in price too.

ogunturkay [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:25PM

Really nice design for "a compact camera". It's quite OK. Also I'm wondering about first day of CES 2013. Perhaps another surprise!? Why not?

jimntonik [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:24PM

Make this APS-C and K-mount and you've got a winner on your hands. Until then, I'm afraid that it's falling short of the MX legacy.

midwest 1953 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:19PM

No viewfinder, no sale..

tlwyse [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:11PM

A disgrace to the memory of the MX in my view. The original MX, while compact, sacrificed nothing to the larger SLRs of the day....not so with this MX-1.

The articulated screen is a plus.....but the small sensor is a deal-killer. Anything labeled "enthusiast" must at least START with an APS-C sensor, nothing less. Dissapointed that the R&D that went into this latest offering has likely pushed back the introduction of a full-frame Pentax dSLR even further.

It's looking more-and-more like my K20D upgrade will be a Nikon D600.

Max Pometun [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:11PM

Looks nice, in fact, they have nailed the styling for this one, IMHO. That said, I stopped reading when I saw 1/1.7"sensor. Who is the intended audience for this type of camera? Any half-serious enthusiast will be looking at cameras with a larger sensor, manual controls non withstanding. Another "enthusiast"-oriented camera with a tiny sensor (Pentax Q, anyone?) = another fail for Pentax/Ricoh.

RonHendriks1966 [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:08PM

This is very like Samsung Ex1 I guess. That was a good camera, but in his segment sensors are growing too. Looks like a good familycamera to me!

laolao [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:07PM

The price is a bit high considering its sensor. At $500 range, rx100 seems to be a better choice. Let's wait and see.

bobjames [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 1:02PM

Again, no finder!

Wired [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 12:58PM

The had the potential for an MX-01 as a successor to the K-01. I'll still buy this, and I'm very excited for it. But it's not the camera I was hoping for in my subconsciousness.

StepOne [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 12:37PM

Looks nice, but other than that "blah". It seems Ricoh is testing the market, but not in the sector most existing Pentax users would like. I wish them well with all these new and future cameras, i hope it brings the cash to develop DSLR line. Could not wait longer for proper flash& AF system and moved on, but will keep an eye on future products (meaning what's after K5II).

Ole [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 12:32PM

I'll have to buy one just due to its nice design! As a bonus, it'll do as a fine "always carry it with you" camera!

Sol Invictus [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 12:31PM

What's Pentax's obsession with that size sensor? This had the potential of going up against the Sony RX-100 but who's going to opt for this instead of the smaller camera with a bigger sensor?

magnosantos [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 12:30PM

Missing the external flash hot shoe.

curlednoodles [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 12:22PM

$500 seems a bit steep. At least its more compact than the K-01

mikechopragant [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 12:21PM

Shame they didn't go the whole way and make a fully manual retro-style APS-C DSLR. Something to compete with the Olympus OM-D

OrangeKx [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 12:01PM

I prefer the silver/black version. Looks like a fun camera. The price seems a bit high for my taste, closer to $400 would be nice.

richard balonglong [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 12:01PM

Dunc's: With this size (almost same size with an iPhone 4s), it's not like a viewfinder is in demand. Example, the Canon G1X, it has a viewfinder, but rarely or not used by owners, including me.

Designosophy [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 12:01PM

The lens looks a lot like the Schneider-Kreuznach lens in my Samsung TL500 (f/1.8 to f/2.4). If it is the same, it's an incredibly sharp lens.

zmohie [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 11:58AM

who need a vf in a p&s camera.It is usesless to use a poor vf.

Dunc's [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 11:51AM

Why dont people make camera's with viewfinders any more??

Cambo [Delete] Jan 7th, 2013 11:50AM

Nice! Pentax is on a roll here!