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Press Release

April 9, 2013

A high-performance digital compact camera, featuring
a large-aperture optical 4X zoom lens,
a 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated CMOS image sensor and
a tilt-able LCD monitor


PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX MX-1 digital compact camera, featuring an optical four-times zoom lens with a maximum aperture of F1.8 to F2.5. Thanks to this large maximum aperture, it delivers sharp, high-quality images even in dimly lit locations, while making it possible to produce beautifully blurred backgrounds for portraiture and still-life photography.

PENTAX MX-1 [ ⇒ Product Image]
Major Features
  1. Large-aperture, optical 4X zoom lens, ideal for low-light shooting and high-quality image definition

    The PENTAX MX-1 features an optical four-times 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 centimeter away, and the Intelligent Zoom function to extend the zoom coverage up to approximately 7.8 times (for a focal length of approximately 218mm in the 35mm format) without compromising image quality.
  2. Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor to optimize 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 and assures high-speed image data readout to deliver super-high-resolution images. The MX-1 also features a state-of-the-art imaging engine. Supported by the latest Super Resolution technology, this engine offers outstanding image-processing performance to produce clear, high-quality images with well-defined details. In addition, its unique Handheld Night snap mode helps the photographer capture blur-free night-time images by taking multiple images at one time, then synthesizing them into a single composite picture.
  3. Classic design reminiscent of film cameras

    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.
  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 user-friendly, direct-access shift of the exposure compensation setting without the need to recall the menu screen. 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. As the result, the photographer is assured of outstanding creative freedom to choose the most appropriate shooting mode for a particular scene or subject without delay. What’s more, the MX-1 comes equipped with a host of SLR-standard features to optimize its 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 under demanding shooting conditions prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting with incident light only in poorly lit locations, or photographing sunset scenes.
  6. Large, tilt-able LCD monitor

    The MX-1 comes equipped with a large 3.0-inch, high-definition LCD monitor with approximately 920,000 dots. Its tilt-able design allows the photographer to adjust the monitor up and down and set it at the angle easiest for viewing. It also provides a clear view of images and menus displayed on the screen to assure a quick, effortless check of recorded images and swift, error-free setting changes.
  7. 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 — to make movie viewing more fun and exciting. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also 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).

  8. Other features

    1. Pop-up auto flash
    2. Remote control sensors on front and back panels
    3. Dual-axial digital level for accurate horizontal and vertical alignment
    4. 15 digital filters, including Miniature and Toy Camera, to add creative touches to captured images
    5. A range of creative image-processing tools including Stretch and Small Face filters and Collage function
    6. A choice of four aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9. 3:2, 1:1) to accommodate specific applications
    7. 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
    8. Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards
PENTAX MX-1 Specifications
Lens   smc PENTAX zoom lens, 11 elements in 8 groups (4 aspherical elements)
Focal Length 6.0 - 24mm
35mm equivalent focal length 28 - 112mm
Aperture F1.8- F2.5
Zoom Optical Zoom 4X
Digital Zoom approx. 1.95X
Intelligent Zoom approx. 5.2X at 7M, approx. 7.8X at 3M (including optical zoom)
Motion Blur
Still Sensor-Shift-Type (SR : Shake Reduction), Dual (SR & Pixel Track SR),
High-sensitivity anti-shake mode (Digital SR)
Movie Movie shake reduction mode (Movie SR)
Focus Type Auto, Spot, Tracking , AF Select (25 Points)
Focus Range
(From lens face)
0.4m - infinity (whole zoom area)
1.31ft - infinity (whole zoom area)

0.05 - 0.5m(at wide setting), 0.2 - 0.5m(at tele setting)
0.16 - 1.64ft(at wide setting), 0.66 - 1.64ft(at tele setting)

1cm Macro:
0.01 - 0.2m(at wide setting)
0.03 - 0.66ft (at wide setting)

Infinity-landscape, Manual Focus, Pan Focus, AF Point switching: available
Face detection   Face Detection AF&AE is available at all mode. 32 people at most. Smile Capture. Blinking Detection.
Pet detection   Detect up to 1 pet's face(auto or select from pre-registered three faces)
Number of
Effective pixels
  approx. 12 megapixels
Image Sensor   1/1.7 type CMOS
Number of
Recorded pixels
Still JPEG:[4:3]12M,7M,5M,3M [16:9]9M,5M,3M,2M [3:2]10M,6M,4M,2M [1:1]9M,5M,3M,2M RAW
Movie 1920, 1280
(Standard Output Sensitivity)
  Auto, Manual (ISO 100 - 12800)
White Balance   Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent light(D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten light, Flash, Manual Exposure
Display   3.0-inch tiltable LCD with approx. 920K dots AR Coating
(Can be lowered down to approx. 45°or raised upward to approx. 90°)
Exposure Control Metering System Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Compensation ±2EV(1/3EV steps)
Scene modes   Auto Picture, Green, Movie, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, USER, HDR, Scene modes(Portrait, Flower, Landscape, Blue Sky, Sunset, Night Scene, Handheld Night Snap, Night Scene Portrait, Candlelight, Fireworks, Food, Surf & Snow, Pet, Kids, Sport, Digital SR, Text, Candid Capture, Digital Wide, Digital Panorama, Miniature)
Playback modes   Slideshow, Image Rotation, Stretch Filter, Small Face Filter, HDR Filter, Collage, Digital Filter (B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Color, Extract Color, Color Emphasis, High Contrast, Starbust, Soft, Fish-eye, Brightness, Miniature, Slim, Invert Color Filter), RAW Development(Aspect Ratio, JPEG Recorded Pixels, JPEG Quality, Custom Image(Bright, Natural, Vibrant, Reversal Film, Monochrome) White Blance,Sensitivity, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction), Original Frame, Movie Editing, Red-eye Edit, Resize, Cropping, Image Copy, Protect, DPOF, Start-up Screen
Shutter Speed   1/2000 sec. - 1/4 sec., max. 30 sec. (1/8000 sec. - 30 sec. with Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority,Manual Exposure, and combination of electronic shutter enabled), Bulb
Built-in flash Modes Flash-on and Flash-off modes. "Red-eye" reduction function employs a pre-discharge. Low-speed synchro, Low-speed synchro+Red-eye, Trailing Curtain Sync
Flash Range Wide: approx. 0.4 - 12.2 m (ISO Auto) approx. 1.31 - 40 ft (ISO Auto)
Tele: approx. 0.4 - 8.8 m (ISO Auto) approx. 1.31 - 29 ft (ISO Auto)
Drive Modes   One shot, Continuous Shooting, Burst Shooting(L/H), Self-timer, Remote Control, Auto Bracketing
Storage Media   Built-in memory (approx. 75.3 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Power Source   Rechargeable D-LI106 lithium-ion battery, Optional AC adapter kit is also available
Battery life Still*: Approx. 290 shots (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Playback**: Approx. 280 min. (Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery)
Interfaces   USB2.0(Hi-Speed): PC/AV terminal, HDMI terminal(Type D)
Video Output   NTSC/PAL
Water proof / Dustproof   -
Dimensions   approx. 122.5 (W) × 60.0 (H) × 51.5 (D)mm (excluding the operation parts and protrusion.)
approx. 4.8 (W) × 2.4 (H) × 2.0 (D) inches (excluding the operation parts and protrusion.)
Weight With battery & SD card approx. 391g (loaded and ready)
approx. 13.8 oz.
Body approx. 363g (without battery and SD memory card)
approx. 12.8 oz.

* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. conditions. Actual performance may vary depending on operating.
** According to the result of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING in-house testing.

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