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Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 11-20-2015, 09:35 PM  
MX-1 aftermarket Lens Cover removal!
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 9
Views: 1,486
I wouldn't attach one of those too.

I use the simple manual one which came with the camera. But it is not attached to the camera by string, this is clumsy and obstructing. I got used to remove it and just place it in my pocket. After a week, you do this automatically and will not even think about it.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 11-06-2015, 09:36 AM  
MX-1 in montreal
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 4
Views: 1,674
Actually last year I planned to buy a Olympus XZ2. But I couldn't find one. Saw a discounted MX-1 and took that instead. Still happy with it, the black color goes away and it makes awesome pictures. My best travel camera and I don't think there is anything seriously better with that size at the moment.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 11-01-2015, 09:38 PM  
My MX-1 photos - first steps
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 197
Views: 39,735
The last pic seems to be from a LX100..... .?
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 09-08-2015, 06:20 AM  
My MX-1 photos - first steps
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 197
Views: 39,735
I also use it regularly. Often overlooked, this is one of the great features you don't want to miss anymore.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 08-13-2015, 08:55 PM  
Thinking about replacing my MX-1 with a Fuji X30.
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 14
Views: 2,170
Both.

Personally I only shoot raw. This is the way how to use cameras like the X30 or MX-1.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 08-13-2015, 11:32 AM  
Thinking about replacing my MX-1 with a Fuji X30.
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 14
Views: 2,170
The X30 will not deliver better quality than the MX-1. Use dpreview studio test scenes and see yourself. Both cameras are almost equal and perform similar.

But the X30 is indeed a very nice camera, especially the handling and EVF. So if that is important to you, go for it.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 05-24-2015, 07:22 AM  
Fisherman reels in camera with working memory card
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 8
Views: 1,520
A while ago I had a USB stick in my washing machine. After I dried it, it was working fine and I could still access all files.

Disclaimer: don't put USB sticks in washing machines...!
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 04-22-2015, 01:26 PM  
MX-1 and latest big sensor compact cameras
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 12
Views: 2,586
There is an interesting comparison which proves my point between the Olympus XZ-2 and the Nikon APS-C D3300. The site is in German, but you can use a translator. Pictures (full size with Exif downloadable) speak for themselves.

Sonstiges 1/1.7" Olympus XZ-2 und APSC Nikon D3300 - DSLR-Forum

I'd assume that the MX-1 is even slightly better than the XZ-2.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 04-18-2015, 08:58 AM  
MX-1 and latest big sensor compact cameras
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 12
Views: 2,586
Thanks! This is a very thorough test site and with a translator quite understandable even for non-polish speakers.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-30-2015, 08:00 PM  
MX-1 - New Firmware update
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 45
Views: 14,495
Probably a hardware limit. With a fast class 10 SD card a raw file writes in 2-3 seconds. Not too bad for 20 MB. And switch off raw+jpeg, the raw includes a perfect full jpeg already. IPads can read/import the raw and save as jpeg of about 3 MB.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-30-2015, 07:54 PM  
MX-1 macro using a reversed lens ...
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 7
Views: 1,514
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-04-2015, 09:47 PM  
My MX-1 photos - first steps
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 197
Views: 39,735
Oh I see. I have Highlight correction off, but I run all my photos raw through DXO. Which also increases DR. It is a fast process once you got used the workflow.

Did you do any tests, do the in-camera corrections really improve the quality?
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-03-2015, 10:55 PM  
My MX-1 photos - first steps
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 197
Views: 39,735
But why all the photos are ISO 200, when 100 would be easily possible ?
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-12-2015, 02:16 AM  
MX-1 Raw Bit Depth
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 4
Views: 1,155
According to some expert at dpreview, it is effectively only 10 bits.
Forum: Ricoh GR 01-07-2015, 10:09 AM  
Ricoh GR for backpacking?
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 15
Views: 4,634
I was almost buying the GR for the same reasons.

I did not. While 90% of my travel photos are in the 28-50mm range, I still need some more zoom occasionally. You will miss it if you don't have it. Especially when travelling where you often shoot fast and cannot plan in advance.

So i use a MX-1, which has the perfect zoom range for me and due to its fast lens, I rarely need to go over ISO 800, even many low light photos are fine with ISO 400 or so.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 01-01-2015, 08:40 AM  
MX-2
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 42
Views: 6,631
The Olympus XZ2 would be a good substitute. But what would you buy, if neither is available anymore? I'm not convinced of the Sony RX100 or the Pany LX100 - both very expensive and not really better. The only upgrade would be m43 or DSLR.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 12-27-2014, 08:02 AM  
Mx-1 X-mas
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 10
Views: 1,288
Night shots like that, I use Tv Mode. If not zoomed in, you can set t=0.1s or a bit shorter, the image stabilization is that good. With contrast that high, you probably need to correct exposure up to one step.

Shoot raw in these cases, which allows for much better correction later on. A pic like that could probably be done with ISO 200-400 and crisp sharp.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 12-24-2014, 09:07 PM  
Mx-1 X-mas
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 10
Views: 1,288
First photo: why ISO 800 with long exposure? And f6.3 is also not the best, better f4 or so. There are some overexposed areas, should be corrected with PP if you shoot raw.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 12-23-2014, 06:02 AM  
Considering ditching Q for Mx-1
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 18
Views: 2,886
I just read an enthusiastic review of the Canon G16. According to the review, it is the top compact camera.

Got curious and did some studio comparision at dpreview.

Result: nothing to envy. The G16 has a bit longer zoom, but softer lens and at higher ISO it is also worse than the Mx-1.

Seems, we MX-1 owners do still have the top model. A real upgrade would be a DSLR with a high-quality lens.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 12-16-2014, 12:54 AM  
Any rumors of pentax MX-1 successor?
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 15
Views: 3,194
It doesn't have a hotshoe and doesn't have a viewfinder. And there is no way around it. If that is important to you, you should search for alternatives.

But the picture quality of the MX-1 is well above the G12. That's what's most important to me. I never missed the hotshoe, but a viewfinder would make it perfect.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 12-14-2014, 10:49 PM  
Any rumors of pentax MX-1 successor?
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 15
Views: 3,194
The Olympus XZ-10 is already 2 years old and a consumer p/s camera, not a high-end product. It is far worse than the MX-1.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 12-10-2014, 06:11 AM  
MX-1 and latest big sensor compact cameras
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 12
Views: 2,586
There is an interesting discussion going on at dpreview "LX7 vs LX100". So far many say that the LX100 is not that much better, despite the large sensor.

The LX7 is also a small sensor camera, but slightly inferior to the MX-1. So I guess a "MX-1 vs LX100" would come to similar conclusions.

Check it here:
LX100 vs LX7 low-light capability: Panasonic Compact Camera Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 12-07-2014, 10:34 PM  
whats the best settings for the mx-1 in slikypix 3.0
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 1
Views: 612
I suggest to use the free version of DXO Optics Pro instead of Silkypix. It supports the MX1 including lens correction.

Get it here:
DxO & Digital Photographer | www.dxo.com
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 12-06-2014, 11:47 PM  
MX-1 - Hyperfocal Focusing
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 7
Views: 1,464
The following site goes in depth about hyperfocal focusing and the Ricoh GR.

We could adapt this to the MX-1 as well? The sensor is much smaller, so it should be even easier.

Ricoh GR: Hyperfocal Distance and Combining it with Snap Focus
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 12-06-2014, 12:51 AM  
MX-1 and latest big sensor compact cameras
Posted By RiderX
Replies: 12
Views: 2,586
It seems that "bigger sensor is better" is the new "more megapixels are better" mantra.

But is that so? Is the MX-1 outdated and you should upgrade to a Sony RX100/3 or Panasonic LX100?

The answer is: it is not only the number of pixels and it is not only the sensor size which defines the quality of a camera.

It is the whole package: sensor, lens, image stabilization

Let's have a look at the over-hyped Panasonic LX100.

I spent a few days reading the dpreview forum on the LX100. This is certainly a nice camera, but shall you upgrade? Its sensor is m43 size and that gives an advantage of approx. 2-2.5 stops in low light, compared to the MX-1.

But the LX100 seems to have a softer lens. People suggest to step down aperture a stop or two. The image stabilization seems also weaker. The MX-1 has one stop advantage.

So let's take both of this into account, and let's assume we take a low light photo, hand held.

The MX-1 would use open aperture f1.8, slow shutter speed (down to 1/10s) and ISO 800.

To achieve a sharp photo with the LX100, you had to step down to f4, maybe 1/20s and ISO 3200 or even ISO 6400.

This would still deliver satisfying quality due to the larger sensor on the LX100. But where is the advantage to the MX-1? If you check picture quality at ISO 3200/6400 on the LX-100 compared to ISO 800 on the MX-1, you will see little or no difference.

The smaller sensor on the MX-1 can compete well, due to the better lens and better stabilization.

The bigger sensor has one advantage, though: smaller DOF and better bokeh for nicer portrait shoots.

But that can be also a disadvantage. To get a comparable DOF as with the MX-1 at f1.8, you have to step down the LX100 to f4 or f5.6

And again, you lose the advantage of the bigger sensor.

To conclude: there are certainly a few cases where a bigger sensor is better. In most shooting cases, the small sensor of the MX-1, its very sharp lens and very good image stabilization would result in comparable or even better picture quality. You won't gain very much if you buy one the latest hypes.
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