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Pentax's MX-1, a sort-of-snazzy advanced compact (pictures)

The company's first advanced compact has the same retro look as a lot of other models that have come out in the past couple of years.

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Lori Grunin
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
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Angular

LAS VEGAS--Pentax carries the retro look through to the angular lines of the camera.
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Top controls

In addition to the mode dial, the camera has a dedicated exposure compensation dial.
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Tilting display

The back has a typical control layout, as well as an adjustment dial, and the LCD tilts up and down.
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Flash

The flash pops up -- and it's kind of neat-looking -- but it doesn't tilt back to bounce.

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