Pentax MX-1 review by Mark Goldstein at the Photography Blog: "If you're looking for a good-looking, well-built, advanced compact camera, and you can afford to take a more leisurely view of the world, then the Pentax MX-1 is well worth considering."

Pentax MX-1 review by Mark Goldstein at the Photography Blog: "If you're looking for a good-looking, well-built, advanced compact camera, and you can afford to take a more leisurely view of the world, then the Pentax MX-1 is well worth considering."
Pentax MX-1 review by Mark Goldstein at the Photography Blog: "If you're looking for a good-looking, well-built, advanced compact camera, and you can afford to take a more leisurely view of the world, then the Pentax MX-1 is well worth considering."

The first buyers of the MX-1 have noticed the painfully slow RAW file processing times, and Mark Goldstein verifies this. I'm completely flabbergasted as to why Pentax couldn't address this issue before releasing the camera, did all of their testers only shoot in Jpeg modes? Its a big shame, because this brass laden gem seems to otherwise be a very capable and feature-rich compact shooter:

"Quite apart from its obvious retro appeal, the MX-1 ticks a lot of the boxes that any experienced photographer is looking for in a serious compact - a “sensible” 12 megapixel count, a very fast lens, raw file support, a reliable 25 multi-point AF system, and a high-resolution, tilting LCD screen. It's a shame then that the excruciatingly slow Raw processing times would ultimately force us to shoot in JPEG format, especially since you can also edit the Raw files in-camera.


Despite this obvious flaw, Pentax have mostly hit the nail firmly on its head with the MX-1, especially when you factor in its £400 / $500 price-tag, which is quite a bit cheaper than the Olympus XZ-2, Sony Cyber-shot RX100, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 and Samsung EX2F all were on launch, even without any drop in the actual street price. If you're looking for a good-looking, well-built, advanced compact camera, and you can afford to take a slightly more leisurely view of the world, then the new Pentax MX-1 is well worth considering."

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