Summary: This is very good camera for the price. It is not DSLR camera nor is it cheap compact camera. The style remind you of the retro camera of yesteryear which is more of range finder film camera. I suppose Pentax's target audience is older people who might have nostalgic feeling and who would appreciate the above quality build (brass) of this camera and picture quality.
Summary: Takes fantastic photos. Just wish it were a little smaller. Also, sometimes I end up having to up the saturation just a little after importing RAW or JPEG. Still, you could fix this by changing the internal saturation settings manually. Good camera, very well constructed. I've dropped it once or twice so far on my trip to Thailand and it has been A-OK.
Summary: I've been an amateur photographer for decades. Printed a few times here and there. I think I fit squarely in the pro-sumer category: neither a professional, nor simply a consumer. I've never had a camera I love THIS much. I've used my share of SLRs and I still use them for specialized tasks, but for everything else, I take this. I'll start with the most obvious and shallow: it's gorgeous! I love the look of old cameras.
Summary: It is rare that a product not only meets but exceeds my expectation. As soon as I took this camera out you could feel and see the quality. The first pictures I took were just amazing and that was just using the auto settings! The bokeh was quite noticeable right away too. See the pictures I uploaded. Thing is this camera has exactly the features I was looking for whereas the other cameras were missing one or more of the areas I was looking for which were.
Would really rate this 4.5. Good camera, with cavaets
18 June 2013
Summary: I must admit upfront that I'm a bit of a Pentax fanboy these days, although I am quite aware of the shortcomings in each of their cameras. Nevertheless, I wasn't going to buy the MX-1 originally, as I had a dslr and a megazoom camera (K-5 and X-5). When I saw a guy advertise one for cheap however, (he wanted funds to buy a waterproof camera for his trip in 2 weeks) I couldn't resist and now have an as new MX-1 for only 2/3 the price of a new one.
Excerpt: The MX-1 doesn't seem to get a whole lot of love - a bit of a sleeper but that's such a shame. I've thoroughly enjoyed my first week with the camera, which I like better than any other compact I've used. For some, it'll be too big and too heavy. But for me, the size is just about perfect.
Excerpt: I first handled an MX-1 a month or so ago at an expo and immediately took a liking to it. It's a pocket battleship of a compact camera, in fact, compact would be a bit of a missnomer if it weren't for the lens being a lot smaller than anything comparable on a DSLR. But, being a guy with large hands, it fits me like a glove, unlike some others that feel very fiddely.
Solid design, quality pictures, excellent macro, good value
7 May 2013
Summary: This is a wonderful camera capable of full manual. The two macro modes are fantastic, and the in camera HDR is very good. It feels very good in hand and the dials provide quick adjustment. The menu system is very simple to use. Very solid camera.
Summary: I'm very impressed with where sensor tech has gone in general and very impressed with the sensor in the Mx-1 in particular. And it could be the Pentax processor doing a great job as well in how it handles the info from the sensor. From the quality pics I've taken, it seems that they've matched the lens to sensor quite nicely. I don't usually go above 1600 ISO and the photos are clean and crisp at this mark.
You gotta love Pentax: brass on a modern camera?!?
Nathan D Jedinak, Amazon
2 May 2013
Summary: I'm a recent fan of Pentax cameras, having within the last year purchased my first two from the brand (a Q and the much maligned but excellent K-01). I like the fact that Pentax is a bit quirky, with their own style and way of building cameras. You need look no further than the fact Pentax included brass top and bottom plates for this modern digital camera, harkening back to the late, great film cameras of old.