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Pentax, $499, pentax.com.au ★★★★ This Pentax cam­era is filled with cut­ting-edge, mod­ern features, but you might not guess that from its ex­te­rior. The MX-1 looks like a cam­era from the 1970s but start it up and its moder­nity be­comes ap­par­ent. This cam­era uses a 12-megapixel back­lit sen­sor, of­fers a sharp, three-inch, tilt­ing LCD screen to show off its re­sults, and has at least two more di­als than you’d ex­pect of a $499 cam­era — one for ex­po­sure and the other se­lec­tions. Its lens of­fers an aper­ture as large as f1.8 for por­traits with depth, and a 4x op­ti­cal zoom equiv­a­lent to 28-114mm. En­thu­si­asts should ap­pre­ci­ate its 1cm Macro mode that de­liv­ers ex­ceed­ingly de­tailed close-ups, its 12,800 ISO, and its cus­tomis­able High Dy­namic Range mode.

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