Pentax MX-1 gets an Australian release, costs AU$499

The new advanced compact camera from Pentax with plenty of retro touches, finally gets an Australian release.

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.

(Credit: Pentax)

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.

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