Summary: Let me start off by saying as someone who has spent 8 years with a K100D and a K10D I was looking for something that would perform nearly as well in a smaller package. Both are hardly new or the latest and greatest in DSLR's but have performed flawlessly for that length of time.
High Quality Compact Enthusiast Camera with a Fast Lens at a Great Price
23 December 2014
Summary: The Pentax MX-1 was my camera of choice on a month-long bicycle trip along the entire length of the Pacific Coast Highway in the United States. It took the place of my Pentax K-5 DSLR. With its fast F1.8-2.5 lens, the MX-1 captured sharp images even in low light conditions.
Summary: After a month with the MZ 1 including a family trip and my two year old's birthday, I can tell where its pros and cons are. It was bought as a replacement for a G12 that I lost and as a primary camera for family stills and video, travel and street photography where I could go to my DSLR for anything...
Summary: I LOVE my Pentax MX-1 Black version. It is a LOT for the $289 I paid. The price jumped to $330 the next morning. The book is 233 pp. long. I was going somewhere, did NOT have a month to study the book, and a kid at the barber shop knew about cameras, as did his mother sitting next to me.