A fast lens, manual controls, RAW capture, and a brass body make this the king of the Pentax compacts
For some time now, style has been high on the list of Pentax's priorities and their new venture into advanced compact territory is no different. The MX-1 has a fast 4x zoom lens that starts at 28mm and has a maximum aperture range of F/1.8-F/2.5. Behind that is a familiar 1/1.7-inch, 12.0-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor.The case is actually encased in brass and covered with a textured grip that also gives is a rather retro aesthetic not unlike the Leica X2. There are even tactile mode knobs on the top for mode selection and exposure controls.