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January 07, 2013

Pentax joins the compacts with RAW party with retro-ish MX-1 rawsumer (brass body)

Pentax fans will likely be pleased that the company has FINALLY, after so many digital years, decided to offer a serious fixed lens compact digital camera with native RAW support. This is not an early April Fool's Day joke! It is for real. So real that dpreview published a five-page hands-on report with the new Pentax MX-1.

It has a 12mp 1/1.7x" backlit CMOS sensor, a 4x f1.8-2.5 optical zoom lens (28-112mm equivalent), RAW in the Adobe DNG format, RAW+JPEG, a 3-inch fixed display on the back (920 kilodots), built-in shake reduction, etc. For the metal fans out there, this is a brass body camera.

Pentax MX-1 previews
+ Imaging Resource [NEW!]
+ dpreview

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+ dpreview and Engadget and PDN Online
+ DSLR Magazine and Le Monde and and
+ Pentax herself

Pentax MX-1 Preorders
The starting price of the camera will be $500 or 500 euro 400 GBP with an estimated February 2013 release date.

The MX-1 is now available for pre-order at B&H Photo for $500 in your choice of black MX-1 or silver MX-1.

Pentax MX-1 hands-on video
Here is a 100-second video by Pentax Europe with a short video hands-on of the camera, which mentions the SLR MX-roots of the new MX-1 [obviously not the sensor size]:

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