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Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax MX-1

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 front
 
Pentax MX-1 front
Portability
84
Imaging
37
Features
60
Overall
46

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax MX-1 Key Specs

Panasonic FX48
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 150g - 95 x 53 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2009
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FX40
Pentax MX-1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 391g - 122 x 61 x 51mm
  • Launched July 2013
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Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax MX-1 Overview

Following is a extended review of the Panasonic FX48 and Pentax MX-1, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. The image resolution of the FX48 (12MP) and the MX-1 (12MP) is relatively similar but the FX48 (1/2.3") and MX-1 (1/1.7") enjoy totally different sensor sizes.

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The FX48 was manufactured 5 years prior to the MX-1 which is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving in to a detailed comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the FX48 scores vs the MX-1 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX48 over the Pentax MX-1

 FX48 MX-1 

Reasons to pick Pentax MX-1 over the Panasonic FX48

 MX-1 FX48 
LaunchedJuly 2013January 2009More modern by 53 months
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen sizing3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution920k230kClearer screen (+690k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FX48 and Pentax MX-1

 FX48 MX-1 
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch screen No Touch screen

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax MX-1 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry around your camera regularly, you should think about its weight and measurements. The Panasonic FX48 comes with physical dimensions of 95mm x 53mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 150 grams (0.33 lbs) and the Pentax MX-1 has proportions of 122mm x 61mm x 51mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 2.0") and a weight of 391 grams (0.86 lbs).

Analyze the Panasonic FX48 and Pentax MX-1 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you use at the time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the FX48 compared to the MX-1.

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax MX-1 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the FX48 and MX-1 is 95 and 84 respectively.

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax MX-1 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax MX-1 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its hard to see the gap between sensor sizes purely by going over technical specs. The image below will help provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the FX48 and MX-1.

As you can tell, both cameras offer the same exact MP albeit not the same sensor sizes. The FX48 uses the tinier sensor which is going to make achieving shallower depth of field more difficult. The more aged FX48 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax MX-1 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax MX-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax MX-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FX48
Portrait photography with Pentax MX-1
27
comes with face detect focus
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
42
you can focus manually
supports face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic FX48
Street photography with Pentax MX-1
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
65
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
heavier than competition (391 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Sports photography features
Pentax MX-1 Sports photography features
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
43
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports tracking focus
better than average battery life (290 per charge)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FX48
Travel photography with Pentax MX-1
58
has built in flash
quite wide (25mm)
no Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
61
better than average battery life (290 per charge)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition (391g)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FX48
Landscape photography with Pentax MX-1
33
quite wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.5")
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
no Time Lapse mode
55
you can focus manually
relatively wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
better than average battery life (290 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Vlogging factors
Pentax MX-1 Vlogging factors
31
quite wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not feature selfie friendly display
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
no mic port
33
relatively wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not have selfie friendly display
does not have mic port
heavier than competition (391 grams)
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Panasonic FX48 vs Pentax MX-1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX48 and Pentax MX-1
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48Pentax MX-1
General Information
Company Panasonic Pentax
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 Pentax MX-1
Also called Lumix DMC-FX40 -
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2009-01-27 2013-07-01
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 3200 12800
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 11 25
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-125mm (5.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focus range 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 4.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 2.5" 3"
Resolution of display 230k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology - TFT LCD with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/3000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 2.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 6.00 m 12.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Speed sync, Trailing Curtain sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic 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
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 150 grams (0.33 lb) 391 grams (0.86 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 53 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") 122 x 61 x 51mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 2.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 49
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.3
DXO Low light score not tested 208
Other
Battery life - 290 images
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery model - D-Li-106
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Retail cost $325 $400