Thephoblographer has published a new hands-on preview on the Pentax MX-1. I’ve been following all hands-on previews so far, and things don’t look very promising for the MX-1, pretty much like a case of dead on arrival. Other than the brass plates, it is hard to pick on anything uniquely positive about this camera, unfortunately. If the price was cheaper, I would say there’s some value in it, but that is not the case either. The MX-1 is a very puzzling model. At least on paper, many other competent models should be on your list before MX-1, such as Sony RX100, Panasonic LX7, Canon G15, Nikon P7700 and Fuji X10. And now, the new Fuji X20 should be on this list too.
Their first impression: Overall, I walked away from the Pentax MX-1 a bit disappointed. When I saw the camera, I had hoped for more because of all the hype already surrounding it. But something about it just didn’t add up for me. Manual shooting was a bit cumbersome because of the cluttered back controls and the best experience I had with it was truthfully in program mode. But I feel like a camera like this should be much more capable than it is for the price point.
I’ll save my final remarks for the full review.