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Pentax Announces Its Own Retro-Styled Camera, the MX-1



More and more camera companies are giving their products vintage camera-inspired designs these days, and Pentax wants to join in on the fun. The company announced its own retro-styled camera earlier today called the MX-1.

It’s a fixed lens compact camera that features a sleek metal body, a fast lens, and a 12-megapixel sensor.


The lens on the front of the camera is a fast f/1.8-2.5 lens that offers the 35mm equivalent of a 28-112mm range — a 4x optical zoom. The body features a built-in dual shake-reduction system for sharper shots when handholding the camera.

Inside the camera is a 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, which is a size used in many Canon PowerShot and Nikon Coolpix cameras. It has a maximum sensitivity of ISO 12800.


If you find yourself in a situation in which that high ISO isn’t enough for sharp shots, you can utilize the new Handheld Night mode, which captures a number of photographs with a press of the shutter and then combines them into a single sharper composite photo.


In terms of construction and design, the camera features a textured grip in its midsection and brass plates for its top and bottom.

On the back of the camera is a large 3-inch high-definition LCD that features 921K dots and the ability to swivel for viewing at different angles.


Other features include RAW mode (and in-camera development), HD video recording (1080p/30 in H.264), slow-motion capture, time-lapse playback, a dedicated exposure compensation dial, a mode dial for selecting between 10 different modes, 15 digital effect filters, a pop-up flash, and aspect ratio selection.

You’ll be able to pick up an MX-1 for $500 when it hits store shelves in February 2013.