Excerpt: I was extremely excited to purchase this camera for $240 shipped. The many reviews I read didn't scare me, this is a $550 camera for $240 after all. After using it for about a week my response to anyone is "meh, it's ok, nice lens, slow performance, and a bit chunky to slide into a pocket". I was disappointed that ISO noise starts being noticeable around 400. Overall it is decent...for $240.
Summary: Great macro function. Easy to use, with little advance reading of the manual. Love that the exposure dial is on top. Don't love the charger with the long cord- Pentax needs to come up with a battery charge that plugs directly into a wall socket.
Summary: This camera has been the most satisfied camera in Japan but in USA it was not. Therefore price in USA was less expensive than one in Japan. Of course not limited to certain price range. Among all the price range this camera is the best or second. The first place or other top rated camera can be thousand dollar range or tat least twice as much as this camera. Anyway, thanks to the lower rating in USA, I was able to purchase at very low price.
Summary: Looked at several cameras to replace my recently dead pocket camera. For the features and price the MX-1 is hard to beat. Even if it is being discontinued. The image quality has been outstanding for a smaller sensor camera. In some ways its as good or better than my older DSLR. Jpgs with Raw shooting option is great. And the HD movie mode while kind of basic still works pretty well. Lots of options and modes. The tilting LCD helps with some shots or lighting situations.
Summary: Well made, kinda heavy for its size but to me that's a plus. A tad too big to carry in your shirt pocket but as a small compact camera it takes awesome pics. Works well in low light. I'd recommend this camera for anyone looking for a top notch, well built compact camera.
Summary: It has a fast f1.8 aperture, I could have ended the review here. Picture quality is very good as long as you know that you bought a point and shoot camera. This is a perfect companion for my Mirrorless camera. No fiddling with the menu needed, just point and shoot. A real beauty!
Summary: I have been an avid Pentax user since the 1980's and have grown thru a K1000, ME Super and SF1N. I enjoy using this camera, it's looks and feel and real lens cap! The weight is not an issue for me, it is pat of the retro-esque nature of the experience of using this camera. Battery life seems stellar and Macro and Super Macro modes open up new ways to see the details in the world around. What I can't come to terms with is the write speed of images to the memory card.
Summary: I bought this camera earlier this month as a graduation present for my fiance, and she absolutely loves it. She used to have a Ricoh GX100 that she was very fond of and she feels that this camera is better. We also have a couple other point and shoot cameras around the house that were in the $150-$200 price range, and this camera blows them away. All the pictures we've taken have turned out very good, macro pictures in particular look great.