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on March 14, 2013
The more time I spend with my MX-1, the more I love it.

I like the image quality, its ISO range (100-12,800), the fast 1.8-2.5 lens, and the DUAL sensor Shake Reduction that allows me to take shots in low light or slow speeds, without blurring. Also remember it has the best ISO performance "for under $500" according to Dxomark ([...]

I've found the tiltable screen to be a great feature for street photography, as I can tilt it and make like I'm reviewing or fiddling with the buttons, and make the shot surreptitiously without disturbing people ;)

The filters included (B&W, Sepia, Toy Camera, Retro, Extract Color, Fish Eye, Miniature, etc.) are fun to use (up to 20 filters can be combined and applied to the same image according to the user manual).

It also has a RAW development feature but I prefer to do it in my laptop.

HDR has worked very good at night and in landscapes and three modes are available: Standard, Strong 1, and Strong 2.

The 1cm macro is wonderful and I've enjoyed it shooting flowers and insects with very good results.

I take one star off for a few reasons:

1) the MX-1 can't take filters and I would like to use a polarizing, and permanently put an UV to protect the lens.
2) I find it annoying when I turn on the camera when the cap is on and I get a "Please confirm the lens cap is removed" message, and the camera then turns off. Maybe it can be corrected with a new firmware release. UPDATE: I NOTICED THAT THIS FEATURE CAN PREVENT THE LENS FROM ACCIDENTALLY EXTENDING WHEN INSIDE A CASE OR BAG! so it can be a good thing after all...
3) A hot shoe for a flash or external mic would've been a good addition.

I really hope Pentax releases a filter adapter (if possible), a good protector case, and more optional accessories for this camera.

P.S. By the way, I don't know why up to date (March 14th 2013), the MX-1 is not mentioned in Pentax's japanese website! maybe Japan is not the target of this camera??? (Update: On April 9th, MX-1 appeared on the mentioned website)

Update March 24th: Saving files when shooting in RAW is slow and a "Data being recorded" message appears in the screen and the camera freezes until the process finishes. I've made some tests with class 6 and class 10 cards and I've found that the fastest the card the better the writing speed -as one can expect- but even with a very fast card (Sandisk Pro 95mb/s), the message still appears. So that makes me think that the camera's algorithm is the culprit.
Also there is a "Deleting" message that appears every time I delete a photo and it takes like a second to disappear from the screen.
I'm sure a firmware update can change this and make the camera faster.

Update April 20th: 1) The MX-1 is really good for street photography! (I've done some more shots in public parks and the camera reacted fast focusing and taking the shot)
2) In bright sunny days photos have a blue cast that I think is because of the UV rays.
3) Some third-party lens adapters have appeared for the MX-1. Also, a few leather half camera cases are available now.

Update May 6th: I video recorded a full rock concert (stopping after each song) and the battery (previously full charged) drained in a approximately 1 1/2 hours. It wasn't an issue as I took a couple of spare batteries with me. The recording was made in full HD, and the image & sound quality turned out very good.

Update July 4th 2015: My MX-1 is still going on making travel, family, rock concerts and everything in between photos and videos! I dropped it once (from a height of 4 to 5 feet) and felt hard over the LCD screen... I was very worried but it survived safe and sound! :)

The Pentax battery (that came with the camera) is now losing charge faster than before, but surprisingly my spare battery: Wasabi battery ( is still doing very good. I bought them both at the same time.

I'm usually getting compliments for the camera, for it's looks and great images, photo & video. The loud rock concerts are recorded very well without annoying saturation and/or distortion from the bass guitar, etc.

UPDATE September 2015: My experience with this little gem's been so good that I jumped into the Pentax wagon and now I own a K3II DSLR with two Pentax lenses (50mm f/1.8, 10-17mm fisheye) and a Tamron lens (18-200mm).
And by the way, my MX-1 is still producing great images!

UPDATE July 4th 2016: This little buddy is still going on performing like in the first day I got it. It's my walk around camera and have been my companion in my latest trips around my country. Also with the M-X1 I've been making and uploading images to photostock websites and they've been approved.

I would've liked Pentax to released a firmware update to speed up writing and get rid of "Data being processed" message that put the camera on hold for a couple of seconds specially when making RAW photos but apart from that and a couple more features here and there, I'm very pleased with this camera.
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on November 3, 2013
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. I don't care for modern cameras or the neo-retro look. I like OLD. I like rangefinders. I miss using my old Konica C35. Etc. This fits the bill almost perfectly. Aside from the zoom lens up front, it's pretty convincing. Even more so with the lens cap on. It looks thoroughly modern from the rear, but it's a trade-off I will accept for the functionality. The LCD screen is big and clear. I wish the screen tilted both ways or not at all. I can take very low shots because the screen tilts up, but I'd also like to to able to take overhead shots by tilting the screen down. I don't do very much of either, and I've learned to take those kinds of shots blind anyway, so I would have forgone all tilt, to shave a quarter inch off the back. [Great tip from "The Folded Space": Tilt the screen, hold the camera upside down, and you'll be able to take accurate over-head shots. The accelerometer inside will orient the screen correctly. When you check your "roll" later, the image will be right-side up!]

I love the optics. The lenses are fast, clear, bright, and colorful. Coupled with the quick processing and autofocus, I rarely have to think twice about what I'm shooting. I leave the cap on and the camera off between uses. It turns on in a flash and the cap comes off with a sweep of my thumb. The lens starts at its widest zoom. I can catch my subjects in less than a second. I can crop and adjust afterwards on the computer. I hardly ever miss a shot.

Oh and the macro! No switches or menus to fiddle with. Get close and let it focus.

The weight and bulk are just about perfect. You don't want a camera that's too light or small. Sure, it can be a pain when you're hiking through a rainforest or walking around a city. It doesn't fit in most pants pockets, so you'll need to wear it around your neck or under an arm. But a light and/or small camera is difficult to hold steady. This fits securely in my hands (I wear XL gloves) and I wouldn't trade an ounce of weight on this camera for anything! Though, as I said, I would have knocked a quarter inch off the depth by ditching the tilting screen.

I rarely need to mess with the settings. The camera does all the work I used to have to do in my head. I just trust it will capture the shot. This leaves me free to think more about subject, composition, and lighting. But for the control freaks, and I don't mean that negatively, you can manually control everything on the camera.

I'm going to ignore all the special effects because I do that on my computer. I don't need it on my camera. For those who like that sort of thing, and I can see the appeal, other reviewers have covered it well.

The one and only flaw on this is the flash. The flash itself is an afterthought. You won't need it often, thanks to the brilliant lens, but when you do, it'll be barely adequate. It has been successful an hour before sundown without the flash. Once the sun is gone, though, the flash just doesn't cut it unless you like photos of your friends standing in front of complete darkness. Actually, that could work pretty well for a scary Halloween shot. I would have preferred to sacrifice the flash altogether for a hot shoe, but then again, that'd add undesirable bulk. [After some practice with the flash settings, it's better than I originally thought, but still far from a proper flash. It handles mesopic conditions so well, with a steady hand, you seldom need the flash.]

[I used this on a shoot in a February downpour. It got cold and very wet. The lens fogged up a bit, but everything operated just fine. In fact, the fogged lens worked like a soft filter which gave my subjects a Barbara Walters-ish austerity. lol. Afterwards, I popped the flash, opened the battery door, fully extended the lens, and left it out to dry for a few days. Months later, still works great and I still love this camera.]

BOTTOM LINE: This is THE camera to bring along for just about EVERYTHING. It's honestly easier to mention the things it's not good for: very distant and/or very dark subjects. The zoom only goes to 4x, but the images are so sharp, you'll be able to blow it up on your computer. But I wouldn't count on anything past the equivalent of 8x. For dark subjects, where you would need a flash, you can make do with the on-board flash. It's better than nothing. But in the end, though I may WANT to change a few things, there's nothing I NEED to. It's just about perfect. I'll save the SLR for birding, sports, and nighttime festivities. Oh that sounds risqué.
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on June 18, 2013
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.

When I look at the MX-1, I see it being compared to it's direct competitors in the enthusiast compact cameras - eg Canon s110, Olympus ZX2, Sony RX100 etc., and compared within Pentax itself to the Q, Q10, and newly announced Q7- which has the same sensor size as the MX-1. I'll touch on each.


- in good light, or in poorer light where you can place it on a stable base and adjust shutter speeds, or aperture, the MX-1 gives images in jpeg which are much closer to the aps-c sensor in my dslr than I expected. I haven't tested the iso limits, but up to 800 it was not bad at all.

- the f1.8-2.5 across it's zoom range really makes a difference. For some cameras like the Canon s110 and Sony RX100, the f stop starts big, but quickly gives an aperture that's no different than any other compact camera. I took the MX-1 to a wedding banquet and the lighting was well down, except on stage and along the central path where the bride and groom walk in. The faster shutter speed from a wider aperture was noticeable, and I'm glad to have a much less fuzzy handheld photo, and even did it twice in hi burst mode too.

- ergonomics. Despite being the largest and heaviest of it's direct competitors, it's easy to grip, and tilting LCD screen gives it a distinct edge in flexibility. It's one reason I never looked at the s110 (fixed screen- although much smaller, easier to carry). Ergonomics are good, buttons easy to push, nothing loose. This compares to the rear "ring" control of the Olympus ZX2 which I felt was much too loose and sensitive, easy to make accidental presses. I have had enough of that type of poor ergonomics with the Canon SX50 superzoom- when you want to take a pic, then your finger brushes the ring and you've missed your shot.

- Bokeh- aka soft and gentle out of focus background. You can see the result of having a quality wide open lens. Good stuff.

- Battery life. Took 200 photos and the battery gauge showed still 75% full.

- Attractive retro look. Not as fanciful as Fujifilm's style, so a bit of a personal preference here.

- Pentax has one of those lens caps which blocks the lens extending out when you turn it on. I was given one of those third party automatic lens covers- the front splits into thirds, like 3 pieces of pie, when the lens is turned on and pushes forward. This thrid party lens cover adds about 4mm to the thickness of the camera, but I use it.


- Won't save photos as quickly as a dslr., the burst rate is nowhere near the k-5 dslr or some other enthusiast cameras. I'm using a Class 10 SD card, and it's not saving as fast as I think it could

- While the brass makes for good marketing, I'd rather keep the paint from wearing off and have some lighter metal and shave off 100grams from the weight.

- Despite being enthusiast, it lacks some manual controls, or ease of reaching some functions, than you'd expect, such as white balance. The Pentax X-5, a compact sensor super zoom at half the price of the MX-1 has more features.

- With the release of the Q7, which is a mirrorless system unique to Pentax, but with a sensor size the same as the MX-1, it has given itself a direct competitor. However, I believe the Q system lacks enough lenses to challenge the MX-1 yet. The MX-1 has a zoom range with wide open aperture in a complete camera. The Q system only has a single prime (45mmf1.9 in 35mm equiv) which is remotely similar. The Q is much lighter, and has the handy shortcut dial on the front, but to me doesnt offer much advantage, besides being able to attach dslr lenses to it via an adaptor.

- Only as wide as 28mm- would have been nice to have a wider lens, say 24 or 22mm.

So compared to it's competitors, it depends on whether you want- style, ergonomics, size, pocketablility, weight, aperture wideness, cost, tilting LCD. For me, MX-1 has wheat I want- familiar system, wide open lens, good bokeh, tilting LCD, attractive looks, ergonomics.

I can't say if the MX-1 is the one for you, but for me, it's one I can carry around and I can use for low light areas and evening/night time outings.

Hope this review is helpful to you.

Update Sept 16th 2013

I recently travelled and brought this along as my night camera. It didn't let me down. The wide open lens allowed me to take photos of almost anything in the city, as long as there was some light. I also changed the white balance to tungsten to avoid the yellow from dominating the photos. With such an awesome lens, it brings home the fact that the sensor is only 1/1'7. When I pixel peeped (please forgive me for being anal), I could see noise, and artefacts in outlines after zooming in. This is partly due to sensor size, and the fact that it's at night/lack of light. Still, it is far far better to get a photo at a good shutter speed by using a wide open fast sharp lens, than having a crappy photo. The bokeh remains smooth, creamy and you can see starbursts at lights- headlights, streetlights, etc. I should also say that I only view pics on computer screen at home, or upload on internet, so size doesn't really matter.

If I were to make a final whinge, it is about the Pentax lens cap. The camera is very stylish and retro. The lens cap is just a flat slice of plastic. If you look hard, you can see the word Pentax imprinted on it. Let's compare that to the Olympus lens cap for the OM-D EM-5- it's got a shiny chrome circular outline and the wording is also like shiny brushed aluminium. That's the sort of quality Pentax should show off and convey. I'm proud of my MX-1 dammit! Don't leave the last 5% off and cover this beauty of a lens with a black piece of ubiquitous plastic!

The MX-1 remains a keeper. :)
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on October 23, 2014
totally pleased ! one feature I really like is the in-camera post processing of images. I have a Canon S100 and the picture quality, at least in my eyes, is not nearly as good. This camera is a bit on the heavy side, but you do feel like you have something of value. I wanted to add that I had purchased a metal lens cap which to me is much easier to remove than trying to squeeze the two tabs in on the one that came with the camera. It will not slip off and the nice thing is if you turn the camera on , the lens barrel pushes the metal cap off with hardly any effort.
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on April 25, 2013
♦ Brief ♦

I have to say I was in complete awe when I first unwrapped the camera, it has a wonderful sleek retro look and is very comfortable to hold.

The camera does feel a little heavy in weight, but has a great amount of grip along the body to compensate.

One of my favourite external features is the screen, you can extend it outwards and then tilt it if needed, I found this extremely useful when taking macro shots at ground level.

♦ Navigation ♦

The camera has a mode dial located up the top, this allows you to quickly change from the modes most suitable for point & shoot situations such as 'AUTO PICTURE' & 'SCENE' modes, to the more advanced settings like the 'Manual' mode.

The button layout on the camera I found to be very well placed and everything has a clear label/icon so you know what your clicking on.

As for the menu, it may not look like someone has designed it in Microsoft paint, however it's clear and due to the tab system, makes it easy to find the settings you want.

♦ Picture Quality ♦

Honestly, the overall image quality I think is superb, although there are some situations it doesn't cope so well in, it generally does well:

☑ Outdoors/Daytime; Results have been great in such conditions, however be careful when pointing near the direction of the sun as it's highly likely you will get lens flare.

☑ Beach/Sea; Would recommend using the 'SCENE' mode and select 'Surf & Snow', this will really bring out the colours, alternatively use the 'Blue Sky' for a vivid blue sky.

☑ Macro shots; To guarantee a crisp macro shot, press the flower icon located on the back of the camera and choose "Macro" for close-up shoots, or "1cm Macro" to succeed in focus insanely close to the subject, I was honestly blown away at how well this camera can focus at such close range, with stunning results.

☑ Flash; There are a lot of flash modes to choose from such as 'auto', 'off', 'on', 'auto + red-eye', 'on + red-eye', 'slow-speed sync' and more. I normally use auto, which when used has been the perfect amount and doesn't drown out the subject. #NOTE: Flash isn't really suitable for close-up shots.

☑ Indoors; Although I've had a few dud shots, most have been good results. For even better results indoors, I would recommend putting the flash on auto.

☒ Night scenic shots; Considering this camera boasts a low-light performance, I wanted to see what it could do. I tried the camera on a lovely moon-lit night that had a good amount of light lighting up the sky whilst using a tripod. The initial results on the cameras screen seemed promising, but when I had viewed the photo on my computer, there was a lot of noise on the photo. At the same time I attempted the same shot on my Sony RX100 (a rival competitor in these range of cameras) whilst using the same settings, the RX100 had little to no visible noise in the photos.

♦ Final Opinion ♦

The MX-1 by Pentax is probably the nicest looking camera I've seen in a long time, it's comfortable to hold and is easy to navigate.

Whilst it may struggle in some lower-lighting conditions, the overall performance is extremely good, especially when it comes to macro shots, the results really are out of this world.
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on March 22, 2014
There is a lot of P&S cameras out there so a lot of this is personal opinion on my use of this particular model. I'd heard a lot about the Macro capability of this camera and as I shoot a good deal of Macro work I thought I'd give it a try. I've had Canon G series cameras and Panasonic LX5/7 models as well as Olympus XZs. For what I shoot the Pentax MX beats them all.
The Macro capability is nothing short of amazing on a camera of this type. You literally can get down to 1cm from the object and focusing stays razor sharp. For regular shooting the fast f1.8 lens really helps, especially indoors where I've found I rarely have to use the flash.
The camera has an incredibly solid feel and is somewhat larger than other P&S in this class. I personally love it. I found most of the other cameras I tried to be just too small. They seem really intended for one handed use, which is fine but they are just too small and fiddly. The Pentax MX fits my hand nicely and I can use it comfortably with one or both hands.
Perhaps my one wish would be for a hot shoe so I could trigger a remote flash.
I know some mentioned that the write speed is somewhat slower. I have noted this on a couple of occasions but its nothing crippling.

Overall I think this one is a keeper for me. Just getting started using it so may update more later.
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on August 21, 2014
I ordered the Sony RX100 and the Pentax MX1 and tried them both out. I really expected to send the MX1 back if it didn't measure up to the RX. But guess what, I mailed the RX100 back this afternoon. The MX1 was by far the best build quality. Solid as a brick. Sure it's heavier and a little larger but at least it feels nice when holding it . The LCD screen is so much sharper and is much easier to see in sunlight than the one for the RX100. You will have to spend some time reading the FULL PRINTED MANUAL that comes with it. You also get a one sheet quick start guide. There are lots of features to cover but my ultimate favorite is it's Macro settings close and real close(1"). They work great. I got some beautiful pictures at our local zoo of small creepy critters like frogs,snakes and spiders. I can see I'm going to have fun with this camera. My main wants in a camera are 1. Image quality 2. Build quality 3.Features 4. Ease of use. The MX-1 fills the bill for me. I know some camera experts will nit pick it apart with some paper test results but this is a great fun camera. It is only 4X zoom so if you're looking for more zoom move on. I found the images are so sharp they can easily be cropped larger so that makes up for some zoom. I haven't tried the clear or digital zooms yet so I can't comment on them. There is a lithium battery you charge out of camera. A lens cap with a string to attach it is included. I looked up accessories for the MX and there is a large tube like filter 58mm adapter that attaches with two Allen wrench screws, however I don't think I want to mess with that, but it is available. A rather cheap stiff neck strap is included also. I got it on Amazon for $289 and it was well worth that for the image and build quality to me. Look at the pictures and see if you like the retro look of the MX. I love it and it fits easily in a camera case on my belt. Great for a walk around camera. It seemed like the $500 camera not the RX100. Pentax doesn't get the hype Sony does, but I was shocked by the image quality out of the box and tiny controls of the RX. I can't believe anyone paid $800-$900 for that camera when it was new. I didn't try the video yet, because it's not that important to me but I think it will probably be good enough for me. You can shoot raw(I don't) if that's important. To me this camera reminds me of the old Pentax cameras like the K-1000 back in the film days. I owned Pentax point and shoot film cameras because they always had better image quality than canon and nikon PS. In conclusion I only say give this Pentax a shot before buying anything else. You might be very glad you did. UPDATE TO THIS REVIEW: I sadly returned this camera because it was gray market not a USA warranty. The card in the box stated it was only a serial number card and not a warranty card. I checked with Amazon and they said it was not covered by a USA warranty but only by Beach Camera who were the sellers. No where in there description did they say no USA warranty.
UPDATE! I couldn't pass up this camera so I bought the one with no USA warranty and I've had it two years now and still love it and have so many beautiful macro and scenic pictures I don't regret buying it one bit. You would have to spend hundreds of $ to get a macro lense that would take pictures this good. I have a CANON SX50 for zoom and I use the MX1 for serious macro or close ups. The neutral density that's built in works great in bright backlight to save a lot of pictures. I can't believe people didn't buy this camera in big numbers.
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on September 18, 2014
Picked this up here for about $250 before a recent trip to Hawaii. I have Nikon DSLR with a few fancy lenses, but I didn't want to drag it all over paradise, fearing it getting damaged or lost. Instead, I wanted something small enough to fit into my cargo shorts that handled well and took excellent pictures. And if it got destroyed by sea, sand or a drop into a volcano, no biggie - it wasn't a huge investment like my DSLR.

I originally thought about a waterproof ruggedized camera like the Olympus TG-3, but I felt that too much image quality had been sacrificed in the name of toughness, and some reviews made me fear it would flake out after getting wet a couple of times. Better to go with a traditional camera or a GoPro, not something in between.

I settled in on the Pentax MX-1, and I'm so happy that I did - it delivered amazing images under many different conditions (action, macro, night, sunset, you name it) and made our family trip something we'll remember vividly for decades to come.

Not only does it capture truly wonderful pictures, it also handles like a dream. I can flow with this camera, changing settings intuitively on the fly and getting the pictures I want without having to fight the camera or anticipate when the shutter is going to snap. With it's fast Olympus lens, this thing is always on point, and with its well laid out controls, it's easy to quickly change settings for the next shot. Now I'm not a total photo geek - I use presets, not manual settings - so I can't speak to what it's like to try to quickly change your f-stop and ISO on this puppy, but I can't see why you'd need to. The presets are totally tweakable, very flexible and deliver insanely good pictures. Let the camera do the work!

Video on the MX-1 is also top notch - the colors are vivid, the images are super crisp, and it performs really well in dark conditions. The audio is decent (little camera mics can't compare to a dedicated shotgun mic) and the image stabilization is really good. I saw no need to bring along a separate camcorder and I'm glad I didn't, as the clips I got with this camera were truly excellent.

The battery life is also excellent. I used it all day long taking pictures and videos, and went three days before finally having to recharge the battery. I found that reviewing your pictures saps it the quickest, but you can shoot and shoot with this thing and not run out of juice (I'm happy I read the reviews here and didn't purchase an additional battery).

Possible downsides? Well, there's the size of thing. It's bigger than the tiny cameras from Sony and Canon, but that didn't bother me. It fit in my cargo shorts just fine and was big enough to use all the controls without fiddling around with tiny buttons. But if you're looking for a camera to put in the pocket of your skinny jeans, this ain't it.

There's also the weight - it's a little chunk! This is due to the brass that's used in its frame, but again, I like the heft. It has a quality feel and is very stable when shooting. The weight and the extra size make it feel like a real thing and not some disposable piece of plastic. I dragged it around 10 hours a day for 12 days straight and have no complaints.

It could also have a more powerful optical zoom (it maxes out at 4x optical), but you can't have everything I guess. I found it to have enough push to get most of the shots I wanted, and enough image quality to crop and zoom in Photoshop to create the pictures I desired if the lens couldn't reach.

Then there's the lens cap. I hate the damn thing, especially because you have to take it off even when you want to review the pictures you've taken (the lens automatically extends when the camera is powered up). I eventually got used to it, but it was frustrating to turn the camera on wanting to review and edit the day's pictures only to get an error message that the lens can't extend because the lens cap is in the way! It's the only real functional gripe I have about the camera, but everything else is so good, it's nowhere near a deal breaker.

All in all, I love this thing in a way that I have loved few pieces of camera gear. It's small enough to bring almost anywhere, big enough to feel "real," and fast and flexible enough to make the memories it captures look truly majestic. The MX-1 feels like a creative partner in your hands, ready to make you (and your pictures) look amazing.
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on February 10, 2013
The Pentax MX-1 is a perfect example of a camera that was dismissed before anyone really had a chance to shoot with it. It's not perfect and there are some flaws in the design but overall it's an excellent camera which is responsive, with a fairly intuitive menu system, and provides excellent image quality considering its sensor size and price.

As mentioned, this camera's image quality is excellent. Colors are accurate and punchy, with good lens sharpness and detail capture. ISO performance is not class-leading but is about on par with its peers. In other words, things start getting pretty sloppy at ISO1600 and further deteriorate from there. It shares the same Sony sensor with the Olympus XZ-2 and Nikon P7700/ its not surprising that the ISO performance is similar between the three cameras. The good news about the ISO is that the camera employs that excellent F1.8-2.5 4x lens found on the Olympus XZ series cameras & since it's such a fast lens you may never have to pick a high ISO to shoot with when in manual mode. RAW files use the Adobe DNG format which is universally compatible. I found the RAW files excellent to work with, especially when it comes to recovering blown out highlights. The camera overexposes a little, but that sort of exposure behavior is pretty typical for enthusiast comacts. Luckily, like other enthusiast compacts, you have a manual exposure compensation dial on the top of the camera.

I was generally very pleased with the Autofocus performance on this camera, even in low light. There has been some complaints about the RAW write times, but using a 45MB/sec SanDisk SD card, I found only a very brief delay at times writing to card. Which is something that I experienced on the P7700 as well. Fast SD cards are relatively cheap these days, so it's worthwhile to spend the extra $20 or so to get one for this camera.

Another complaint is that the menu system looks dated. I guess that's true but the menu is otherwise very well laid out and easy to use. I think most folks would be willing to forgive a dated looking menu system if it's easy to navigate around.

Overall build quality is good but I am not fond of the cheap-feeling plastic dials on top. They work alright, but for as much boasting as Pentax has done about about the brass top and bottom, you would think they would use something higher-quality for the dials. The camera feels a little awkward to shoot with at first but you get used to it after shooting with it for a little while. I think it could benefit from some sort of grip of front, but the textured surface ultimately makes it feel secure in your hand. The control layout on the camera is very straight-forward, and changing settings is very easy despite not including a second control dial. One critical area that Pentax got right on this camera is the LCD, excellent to use even in bright sunlight (when the settings are adjusted accordingly). The camera has a lot of neat features for still shooting, such as vertical and horizontal horizon correction. Battery life is also excellent.

Pentax has created a respectable first entry in the enthusiast compact field and it high reccommended for folks who want still want decent image quality and an excellent still shooting feature set, but don't want to plunk down $750 for the Sony RX100 II.
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on August 5, 2014
This camera takes beautiful pictures. I especially like the scene program. I used the sunset setting and it really enhanced the sunsets. The zoom is minimal yes, but the photos are so clear that cropping isn't much of a problem. The macro takes a while to get used to but my flower pictures came out nicely. No regrets on this purchase.
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