As well as being compared against other pro digicams, the Pentax MX-1 is also often compared to boutiques, mirrorless, entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms and compacts. The Pentax MX-1's top rivals come from Fujifilm (such as the X70 and the XF1) and Olympus (such as the Pen E-P5 and the OM-D E-M1)

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax MX-1 compared to other pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a screen which flips out, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is newer (january 2013 vs september 2011).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1 fps vs 9.4 fps), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Fujifilm XF1

Fujifilm XF1
4 months older
$395

Significant advantages of the XF1 (vs the MX-1)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots significantly faster: 10 fps vs 1 fps

Significant disadvantages of the XF1 (vs the MX-1)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the XF1 and MX-1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $394.58 vs $393.71
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10
1 year older
$750

Significant advantages of the X10 (vs the MX-1)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots significantly faster: 10 fps vs 1 fps
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the X10 (vs the MX-1)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the X10 and MX-1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 300 shots vs 290 shots
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
7 months newer
$1,331

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the MX-1)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a touch screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the MX-1)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 290 shots
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the S120 and MX-1

  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
similar age

Significant advantages of the P330 (vs the MX-1)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the P330 (vs the MX-1)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 290 shots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the P330 and MX-1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20
similar age
$528

Significant advantages of the x20 (vs the MX-1)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Shoots significantly faster: 12 fps vs 1 fps

Significant disadvantages of the x20 (vs the MX-1)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the x20 and MX-1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Ricoh GR Digital IV

Ricoh GR Digital IV
1 year older

Significant advantages of the IV (vs the MX-1)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly longer battery life: 390 shots vs 290 shots
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the IV (vs the MX-1)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the IV and MX-1

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 390 shots vs 290 shots

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax MX-1 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/1.8 vs f/2.8), has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a screen which flips out and has a faster max shutter speed (1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1 fps vs 6 fps), has a slightly smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and is older (january 2013 vs january 2016).

Fujifilm X70

Fujifilm X70
3 years newer
$1,365

Significant advantages of the X70 (vs the MX-1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots significantly faster: 8 fps vs 1 fps
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the X70 (vs the MX-1)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/1.8

common strengths of the X70 and MX-1

  • Fairly small: Mid size (113×64×44 mm) vs Mid size (122×61×51 mm)
  • Flip-out screens
  • Light weight: 340 g vs 391 g

Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR
3 months newer
$499

Significant advantages of the GR (vs the MX-1)

  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the GR (vs the MX-1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/2.8 vs f/1.8
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the GR and MX-1

  • Fairly small: Compact (117×61×35 mm) vs Mid size (122×61×51 mm)
  • Light weight: 245 g vs 391 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 2"

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s
similar age
$347

Significant advantages of the X100s (vs the MX-1)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 6 fps vs 1 fps
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Optical vs None

Significant disadvantages of the X100s (vs the MX-1)

  • Smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the X100s and MX-1

  • Fairly small: Standard size (127×74×54 mm) vs Mid size (122×61×51 mm)
  • Light weight: 445 g vs 391 g
  • Thin: 2.1" vs 2"

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax MX-1 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a screen which flips out and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1 fps vs 9 fps), has a marginally smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm vs four thirds 17.3x13mm) and lacks and external mic jack.

Olympus Pen E-P5

Olympus Pen E-P5
3 months newer
$580 (body only)

Significant advantages of the E-P5 (vs the MX-1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the E-P5 (vs the MX-1)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS

common strengths of the E-P5 and MX-1

  • Fairly small: Mid size (122×69×37 mm) vs Mid size (122×61×51 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 2"
  • Inexpensive: $580.00 vs $393.71

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1
7 months newer
$1,099 (body only)
$2,098 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M1 (vs the MX-1)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the E-M1 (vs the MX-1)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (130×94×63 mm) vs Mid size (122×61×51 mm)
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-M1 and MX-1

  • None found

Fujifilm X-M1

Fujifilm X-M1
5 months newer
$328 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-M1 (vs the MX-1)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the X-M1 (vs the MX-1)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the X-M1 and MX-1

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×67×39 mm) vs Mid size (122×61×51 mm)
  • Light weight: 330 g vs 391 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 2"

Pentax Q10

Pentax Q10
3 months older
$3,307 (body only)

Significant advantages of the Q10 (vs the MX-1)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports an external flash
  • Lighter: 200 g vs 391 g

Significant disadvantages of the Q10 (vs the MX-1)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the Q10 and MX-1

  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×34 mm) vs Mid size (122×61×51 mm)
  • Light weight: 200 g vs 391 g
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 2"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax MX-1 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.6"), has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), has slightly more focus points (25 vs 15), is newer (january 2013 vs april 2012) and is much smaller (mid size (122×61×51 mm) vs prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (12 MP vs 16 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1 fps vs 7 fps), has a much smaller sensor (1/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37
8 months older
$470 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A37 (vs the MX-1)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16 MP vs 12 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 1 fps

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A37 (vs the MX-1)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.6" vs 3"
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm) vs Mid size (122×61×51 mm)

common strengths of the SLT A37 and MX-1

  • Flip-out screens

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax MX-1 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a much wider aperture (f/1.8 vs f/3.6), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 461k dots), takes slightly higher resolution photos (12 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, is much larger (mid size (122×61×51 mm) vs compact (100×58×23 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and is older (january 2013 vs february 2015).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS
2 years newer
$199

Significant advantages of the ELPH 350 HS (vs the MX-1)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Compact (100×58×23 mm) vs Mid size (122×61×51 mm)
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 350 HS (vs the MX-1)

  • Much narrower aperture: f/3.6 vs f/1.8
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the ELPH 350 HS and MX-1

  • Inexpensive: $199.00 vs $393.71

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax MX-1 compared to compact competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/1.8 vs f/3.3), has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), takes slightly higher resolution photos (12 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (122×61×51 mm) vs super compact (99×56×20 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, is thicker (2" vs 0.8") and is much heavier (391 g vs 142 g).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX78 (vs the MX-1)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (99×56×20 mm) vs Mid size (122×61×51 mm)
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX78 (vs the MX-1)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the DMC-FX78 and MX-1

  • Wide aperture: f/2.5 vs f/1.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3.5" vs 3"

Fujifilm FinePix AX300

Fujifilm FinePix AX300
1 year older

Significant advantages of the AX300 (vs the MX-1)

  • Much smaller: Compact (93×60×28 mm) vs Mid size (122×61×51 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 2"
  • Much lighter: 168 g vs 391 g

Significant disadvantages of the AX300 (vs the MX-1)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/1.8
  • Much worse wide angle: 33 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the AX300 and MX-1

  • Each has a built-in flash