LCD and Viewfinder
Pentax MX-1 has a Tilting 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 920k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
MX-1 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Nikon Coolpix P7800 (Compare) or Fujifilm X30 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Pentax MX-1 can shoot continuously at max speed of 1 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/8000 sec.
Unfortunately MX-1 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Pentax MX-1 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 25 points to choose from.
Pentax MX-1 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Pentax MX-1, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Pentax MX-1 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
MX-1 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Pentax MX-1 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Nikon Coolpix P7800 or Fujifilm X30 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect MX-1 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Pentax MX-1 is powered by D-Li-106 battery which provides a shooting life of 290 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 254 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Compact Cameras
Fujifilm X30 with its 470shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Compact cameras. Check the comparison of Pentax MX-1 vs Fujifilm X30 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Pentax MX-1 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Pentax MX-1 is $399.95