As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Pentax Optio MX4 is also often compared to compacts. The Pentax Optio MX4's top rivals come from Samsung (such as the Galaxy Camera) and Leica (such as the C-LUX C-Lux 3)

Competitor classes

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, compared to other travel zoom competitors the Pentax MX4 has slightly less zoom (10x vs 21x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 23 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 4.8") and is much larger (mid size (73×59×104 mm) vs compact (129×71×19 mm)).

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera
8 years newer
$100

Significant advantages of the Camera (vs the MX4)

  • Much better wide angle: 23 mm vs 37 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Much larger screen: 4.8" vs 1.8"

Significant disadvantages of the Camera (vs the MX4)

  • None found

common strengths of the Camera and MX4

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.9

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, compared to compact competitors the Pentax MX4 has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 25 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (1.8" vs 2.5"), is much larger (mid size (73×59×104 mm) vs super compact (96×52×22 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (4 MP vs 9.8 MP).

Leica C-LUX C-Lux 3

Leica C-LUX 3
7 years newer

Significant advantages of the C-Lux 3 (vs the MX4)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (96×52×22 mm) vs Mid size (73×59×104 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 4.1"

Significant disadvantages of the C-Lux 3 (vs the MX4)

  • None found

common strengths of the C-Lux 3 and MX4

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.9
  • Each has a built-in flash