First few days with the MX-1
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.
The menus are logical once you get used to them and the controls and flip out LCD all feel distinct and robust, although the surface of the LCD is a bit of a fingerprint magnet and feels rather cheap and scratchable.
The lens is sharp wide open and the sensor keeps the noise at a very reasonable level for such a camera. In other words IQ is excellent.
I always shoot RAW so I was a bit nervous about reports of the long write times för RAW files, but I put in a 95 Mb/s card and it "only" takes about 1 - 2 seconds to write too the card, which I find acceptable in most cases.
Focusing is very fast and with spot metering, normaly very accurate, although sometimes the camera chooses a focus point out side of the metered area.
Resolution is nice for portraits:
and for macros:
but I found the bokeh rather ugly:
I haven't put it through any strenuous tests but with the 95Mb/s card, video filming worked very well. No juddering or jitters when panning. It produces .mov files which can be a pain if you want to edit them or convert them to DVD. By default, exposure, zoom and focus are locked down when filming but you can unlock them in the settings menu. It has built in stereo microphones but as far as I can make out no possibility of attaching external mics. In Europe at least it's limited to 25 minutes of continuous filming. In short, excellent "home video" quality but not for professional use.
But haven't done a lot with video because I use a GH2 for that. However, the video specs seem okay for a P&S. You mentioned a high-end card, but video doesn't need fast cards...a basic Class 10 (or even 6) is okay.
I am very pleased with this camera so far; a great carry-daily photo solution - and I am very particular about my "carry-daily" cameras. Surprised it gets so little notice. A shame. Pentax has done an excellent job.