Switching to macro focusing allows you to get close in on subjects and fill the frame. It also helps to produce shallow depth of field effects.
Generally metering does a good job of helping the camera to produce accurate exposures with plenty of highlight and shadow detail.
Generally, focusing is quick and accurate, locking onto subjects with ease.
The Pentax MX-1 has a reasonably wide angle of view at the widest point of its optic, lending itself well to a variety of shooting conditions.
A 4x optical zoom provides some scope for flexibility, though it's not the longest available on the market. Images captured at the telephoto end display a good level of detail, especially in good light.
The colours produced by the MX-1 are nicely saturated and vibrant, without being over the top.
Images shot at high ISOs, such as ISO 1600, display a fairly high amount of noise, and some lack of detail. The camera also has a tendency to produce overly warm tones under artificial light.