The MX-1 was announced earlier this year as part of Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and has only just got an official Australian release.
Advanced compact cameras have really taken the market by storm over the past year, with large-sensor models from brands like Sony kick-starting a love affair with the versatile point-and-shoot.
Pentax has taken a bold step with the styling of the MX-1, which takes inspiration from classic film cameras. Externally, it features a textured, rubberised grip and a fast f/1.8-2.5 4x zoom lens.
Mod cons come in the form of a tiltable LCD screen at 920,000 dots, and a 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, which puts it in the same region as cameras like the Samsung EX2F.
The lens covers a pretty standard focal length reach of 28-112mm, and there is full HD video recording on board. The MX-1 is available now from camera stores for AU$499, which is incidentally exactly the same price as in the US.