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Casio EX-ZR1000 vs Pentax MX-1

Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
53
Overall
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Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000 front
 
Pentax MX-1 front
Portability
84
Imaging
37
Features
60
Overall
46

Casio EX-ZR1000 vs Pentax MX-1 Key Specs

Casio EX-ZR1000
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-300mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 255g - 108 x 62 x 37mm
  • Launched September 2012
Pentax MX-1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 391g - 122 x 61 x 51mm
  • Revealed July 2013
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Casio EX-ZR1000 vs Pentax MX-1 Overview

The following is a thorough comparison of the Casio EX-ZR1000 and Pentax MX-1, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Casio and Pentax. There exists a big gap among the resolutions of the EX-ZR1000 (16MP) and MX-1 (12MP) and the EX-ZR1000 (1/2.3") and MX-1 (1/1.7") have totally different sensor measurements.

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The EX-ZR1000 was released 9 months before the MX-1 which means that they are of a similar generation. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the EX-ZR1000 matches up versus the MX-1 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Casio EX-ZR1000 over the Pentax MX-1

 EX-ZR1000 MX-1 

Reasons to pick Pentax MX-1 over the Casio EX-ZR1000

 MX-1 EX-ZR1000 
RevealedJuly 2013September 2012Newer by 9 months
Display resolution920k461kSharper display (+459k dot)

Common features in the Casio EX-ZR1000 and Pentax MX-1

 EX-ZR1000 MX-1 
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display No Touch display

Casio EX-ZR1000 vs Pentax MX-1 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to travel with your camera regularly, you need to consider its weight and dimensions. The Casio EX-ZR1000 provides external measurements of 108mm x 62mm x 37mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.5") along with a weight of 255 grams (0.56 lbs) while the Pentax MX-1 has dimensions of 122mm x 61mm x 51mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 2.0") accompanied by a weight of 391 grams (0.86 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you select during that time. The following is a front view dimensions comparison of the EX-ZR1000 vs the MX-1.

Casio EX-ZR1000 vs Pentax MX-1 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the EX-ZR1000 and MX-1 is 90 and 84 respectively.

Casio EX-ZR1000 vs Pentax MX-1 top view buttons comparison

Casio EX-ZR1000 vs Pentax MX-1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very tough to envision the gap in sensor dimensions purely by going through technical specs. The image underneath might provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the EX-ZR1000 and MX-1.

As you have seen, both of the cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The EX-ZR1000 because of its smaller sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field more difficult and the Casio EX-ZR1000 will provide more detail as a result of its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images way more aggressively. The more aged EX-ZR1000 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Casio EX-ZR1000 vs Pentax MX-1 sensor size comparison

Casio EX-ZR1000 vs Pentax MX-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Casio EX-ZR1000 vs Pentax MX-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Casio EX-ZR1000 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax MX-1 Portrait photography highlights
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focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
comes with face detect focus
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
42
you can focus manually
supports face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
can't use external flash
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Casio EX-ZR1000
Street photography with Pentax MX-1
68
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (255g)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
65
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
more heavy than average (391 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Casio EX-ZR1000 Sports photography advice
Pentax MX-1 Sports photography advice
51
great zoom range (24-300mm 12.5 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
better than average battery pack (470 shots)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
43
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports tracking autofocus
better than average battery power (290 per charge)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Casio EX-ZR1000 Travel photography highlights
Pentax MX-1 Travel photography highlights
70
better than average battery pack (470 CIPA)
lighter than competition in class (255 grams)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (24mm)
very long zoom (300mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
does not contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
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better than average battery power (290 per charge)
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than average (391 grams)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Casio EX-ZR1000 Landscape photography features
Pentax MX-1 Landscape photography features
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focusing manually
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
better than average battery pack (470 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse recording
55
you can focus manually
rather wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (290 per charge)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Casio EX-ZR1000 Vlogging factors
Pentax MX-1 Vlogging factors
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rather wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (255 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
doesn't have microphone jack
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rather wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of external microphone port
more heavy than average (391 grams)
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Casio EX-ZR1000 vs Pentax MX-1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Casio EX-ZR1000 and Pentax MX-1
 Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000Pentax MX-1
General Information
Company Casio Pentax
Model type Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000 Pentax MX-1
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2012-09-25 2013-07-01
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip EXILIM Engine HS 3 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 12800
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points - 25
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-300mm (12.5x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/3.0-5.9 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focusing range 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 461 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech Super Clear TFT color LCD TFT LCD with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.70 m 12.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Speed sync, Trailing Curtain sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30,20,15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 512 x 384 (30, 240 fps), 224 x 160 (480 fps), 224 x 64 (1000 fps), 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 255 gr (0.56 pounds) 391 gr (0.86 pounds)
Physical dimensions 108 x 62 x 37mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.5") 122 x 61 x 51mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 2.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 49
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 20.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.3
DXO Low light rating not tested 208
Other
Battery life 470 photographs 290 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-130 D-Li-106
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 seconds, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Launch pricing $572 $400