Pentax MX-1 vs Sony RX10

Portability
84
Imaging
39
Features
60
Overall
47
Pentax MX-1 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 front
Portability
58
Imaging
53
Features
76
Overall
62
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Pentax MX-1 vs Sony RX10 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Pentax MX-1 vs Sony RX10, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Large Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Pentax and Sony. There is a considerable difference between the image resolutions of the MX-1 (12MP) and RX10 (20MP) and the MX-1 (1/1.7") and RX10 (1") boast different sensor measurements.

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The MX-1 was launched 8 months earlier than the RX10 and they are of a similar age. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Pentax MX-1 being a Compact camera and the Sony RX10 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before delving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a brief summary of how the MX-1 matches up vs the RX10 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Pentax MX-1 vs Sony RX10 Key Specs

Pentax MX-1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • 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
  • Revealed July 2013
Sony RX10
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-200mm (F2.8) lens
  • 813g - 129 x 88 x 102mm
  • Released March 2014
  • Later Model is Sony RX10 II
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Pentax MX-1 vs Sony RX10 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to lug around your camera, you're going to have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Pentax MX-1 enjoys physical dimensions of 122mm x 61mm x 51mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 2.0") having a weight of 391 grams (0.86 lbs) whilst the Sony RX10 has dimensions of 129mm x 88mm x 102mm (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0") and a weight of 813 grams (1.79 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you use at the time. The following is the front view dimension comparison of the MX-1 and the RX10.

Pentax MX-1 vs Sony RX10 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the MX-1 and RX10 is 84 and 58 respectively.

Pentax MX-1 vs Sony RX10 top view buttons comparison

Pentax MX-1 vs Sony RX10 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to see the gap in sensor measurements only by researching specifications. The visual below will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the MX-1 and RX10.

Plainly, both the cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The MX-1 due to its smaller sensor will make getting shallower DOF trickier and the Sony RX10 will render greater detail utilizing its extra 8MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop photos far more aggressively. The older MX-1 will be behind in sensor tech.

Pentax MX-1 vs Sony RX10 sensor size comparison

Pentax MX-1 vs Sony RX10 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax MX-1 vs Sony RX10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax MX-1 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony RX10 as a Portrait photography camera
43
manual focus
features face detection focus
saves RAW formats
no external flash support
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
71
focusing manually
good resolution (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
includes face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Pentax MX-1
Street photography with Sony RX10
66
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
heavier than others in class (391g)
72
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
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Sports Comparison

Pentax MX-1 Sports photography features
Sony RX10 Sports photography features
44
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features tracking autofocus
better than average battery (290 CIPA)
max frames per second low (1.0 fps)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect auto focus
68
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
environment proofing
great battery life (420 shots)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax MX-1 Travel photography info
Sony RX10 Travel photography info
61
better than average battery (290 CIPA)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than others in class (391 grams)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
58
great battery life (420 per charge)
environment proofing
good resolution (20MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
does not contain selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax MX-1 Landscape photography highlights
Sony RX10 Landscape photography highlights
55
manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (290 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
does not have Time Lapse recording
64
focusing manually
decently wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
great battery life (420 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax MX-1 Vlogging highlights
Sony RX10 Vlogging highlights
33
reasonably wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have external mic jack
heavier than others in class (391 grams)
31
decently wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have microphone jack
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly display
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Pentax MX-1 vs Sony RX10 Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Pentax
Sony
Model
Pentax MX-1
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Large Sensor Superzoom
Revealed
2013-07-01
2014-03-20
Body design
Compact
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor
-
Bionz X
Sensor type
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/1.7"
1"
Sensor measurements
7.44 x 5.58mm
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area
41.5mm²
116.2mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4000 x 3000
5472 x 3648
Max native ISO
12800
12800
Max enhanced ISO
-
25600
Lowest native ISO
100
125
RAW pictures
Lowest enhanced ISO
-
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
25
25
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-112mm (4.0x)
24-200mm (8.3x)
Maximum aperture
f/1.8-2.5
f/2.8
Macro focus distance
1cm
-
Focal length multiplier
4.8
2.7
Screen
Range of display
Tilting
Tilting
Display diagonal
3"
3"
Display resolution
920k dot
1,290k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech
TFT LCD with AR coating
WhiteMagic
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
-
1,440k dot
Viewfinder coverage
-
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
-
0.7x
Features
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
1/3200 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
1.0 frames per second
10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
12.00 m
10.20 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Speed sync, Trailing Curtain sync
Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Built-In
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
391g (0.86 lb)
813g (1.79 lb)
Dimensions
122 x 61 x 51mm (4.8" x 2.4" x 2.0")
129 x 88 x 102mm (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
49
69
DXO Color Depth score
20.4
22.9
DXO Dynamic range score
11.3
12.6
DXO Low light score
208
474
Other
Battery life
290 images
420 images
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery model
D-Li-106
NP-FW50
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
1
1
Retail cost
$400
$698