Samsung GX-1S DSLR – Review Roundup & Sample Photos

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ Shutterbug (added on 29.09.06)

Samsung has announced its first DSLR camera, the Samsung GX-1S. The camera featuring a 6Megapixel CCD sensor, a large 2.5 inch LCD screen, 2.8 fps up to 8 frames in JPEG mode, ISO range 200-3200 with spot metering and a Pentax AF lens mount.


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>> REVIEWS (last update: 29.09.06)

Shutterbug reviewed the Samsung GX-1S DSLR and wrote:
“I decided to try something more modern, the SMC 12-24mm f/4.0 (IF), which performed flawlessly. For starters, the fit and finish of the Pentax lens is nicer looking than the Schneider lens. The optical performance of both lenses was superb but the Pentax lens oozes better build quality. With Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and two aspherical lens elements, the image circle in Pentax’s DA-series lenses is designed to match the 23.5×15.7mm CCD imager used in Pentax and Samsung digital SLRs. The 12-24mm zoom has 13 elements in 11 groups and focuses internally so the “tulip” lens hood that’s included doesn’t rotate during manual or automatic focus. Performance was impressive at all focal lengths. “

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Samsung GX-1S DSLR and wrote:
“We liked the Pentax *ist DL when we reviewed it earlier this year, and we like what is essentially its clone, the Samsung GX-1L, equally well. With a price point that overlaps well into consumer digicam territory, the GX-1L offers a compelling choice to upgraders, providing dSLR versatility and better high ISO image quality in a lightweight and compact package. Point-n-shoot upgraders can make the jump to a dSLR without a steep learning curve thanks to its array of automatic and scene modes, while learning how to use the camera’s more advanced shooting modes and features at their own pace. Providing only 6-megapixels of resolution, the GX-1L may suffer in a direct comparison of specifications, but its $599 MSRP with 18-55mm kit lens, very good image quality, small size and light weight make it a good value and quite worthy of consideration.”

Popular Photography Magazine reviewed the Samsung GX-1S DSLR and wrote:
“Autofocusing speed is slower than that of other cameras in this class, notably the Nikon D50 and Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, but the AF has good sensitivity, able to autofocus down to a very dim EV 0… As far as introductions go, Samsung could’ve done far worse than the GX-1S, with its nice handling, pleasing picture quality, and compatibility with scads of existing lenses. But it’s also an aging platform whose resolution trails that of the rest of the league. And in the hot DSLR category, “good enough” is rarely good enough.”

Macworld reviewed the Samsung GX-1S DSLR and wrote:
“This simple design makes the camera very easy for beginners to learn and use, but its feature set provides all of the options a beginning to intermediate photographer would want. It includes a full assortment of Priority and Manual modes, as well as auto bracketing, drive modes, adjustable ISOs (from 100 to 1,600 in 1-stop increments), three metering modes, and raw format.”

ePhotozine reviewed the Samsung GX-1S DSLR and wrote:
Noise levels at ISO200 and ISO400 are low, as you would expect from an APS-C digital SLR of this level. Shots taken at ISO800 display a little more noise, but the images are still very usable. At ISO1600 chroma noise starts to become more prevalent, with midtone areas gaining a fairly strong pattern of multi-coloured speckles. By ISO3200 things start to get messy. The grey area of our QP card has no grey left in it, instead large flecks of red, green and blue are dominant. However if pictures taken at the ISO setting are converted to black & white, then they still display a good amount of detail and the noise levels are better controlled.

PCWorld reviewed the Samsung GX-1S DSLR and wrote:
“The GX-1S is a well-built, well-designed camera that is small but doesn’t feel cramped. Even if you have large hands, you will be able to get a firm, comfortable grip on the camera. The controls are simple: On the top are a power switch, a mode selection dial, and an exposure compensation control, alongside a status LCD. The back of the camera presents a bright, 2.5-inch LCD screen, some control buttons, and a four-way rocker switch to select further options.”

Digitalcamerainfo reviewed the Samsung GX-1S DSLR and wrote:
“The GX-1S delivered very good noise performance in manual mode as well. When the image mode is set to “Natural,” rather than “Bright,” the GX-1S surpasses the performance of the similar Pentax *ist DL. The two cameras’ noise curves are very similar. Notably, the GX-1S’s noise level increases gradually at higher ISOs – there isn’t a single point at which the GX-1S suddenly deteriorates precipitously. “

Let’sGoDigital has a preview on Samsung GX-1S DSLR and wrote:
“Holding the Samsung GX-1S in my hands feels both secure and comfortable. The camera is light weight (about 505 g) and its dimensions (125×92.5×67 mm) are small enough to bring the camera with you all the time. The front of the Samsung GX-1S features the standard Pentax K lens mount with AF coupling. On the lower right side of the lens a lock button unlocks the lens from the mount. The self-timer LED can be found in the grip, while the Focus mode switch is located on the opposite side. The top of the camera features the pop-up flash compartment, external flash hot-shoe and a rather small status LCD panel. “

Fotopolis has posted their review with sample photos on the Samsung GX-1S
You can use this website for Polish-English translation

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>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last update: 11.08.06)

- Samsung GX-1S DSLR Sample Photos posted @ Steve’sDigicams
- Samsung GX-1S DSLR Sample Photos posted @ DCRP
- Samsung GX-1S DSLR Sample Photos posted @ PCWorld


Samsung unveils its first digital SLR – the GX-1S

6 mega-pixels CCD
Light weight and portable – only 505g
Large bright 2.5 inch colour TFT LCD screen
Pentaprism technology provides clear, bright viewfinder
11 point auto focus
High sensitivity up to ISO 3200
Samsung is announcing its advance into the digital SLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera arena with the launch of the six mega-pixel GX-1S.

Launching in February, the new interchangeable lens GX-1S is Samsung’s first digital SLR camera, developed in conjunction with Pentax. Samsung now provides a full offering of digital cameras to cater for the needs of everyone – from point and shooters to advanced enthusiast photographers.

Offering high portability and mobility through its compact design, the GX-1S will weigh just 505 grams and house a 23.5mm x 15.7mm CCD image sensor. The 3200 ISO equivalent allows high sensitivity shooting in indoor environments.

The GX-1S also provides a continuous shooting speed of 2.8 frames per second (up to eight frames in JPEG mode).

The GX-1S will utilize the new advanced Schneider Kreuznach D-Xenon lens system and Pentax’s lens KAF bayonet mount technology – all Pentax DSLR lens will be mountable on the GX-1S.

The large TFT colour LCD screen (2.5 inch and 210K pixels) and Pentaprism technology ensure a clear and bright view. The field of view is 95% with magnification at 0.95x (50mm F1.4 lens).

Focusing, Shutter & Flash
Modes include AF Single (with focus lock) and manual focus together with continuous AF . Shutter speed is 30 ~ 1/4,000 sec. with Bulb. The flash is a built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up offering the following modes: Auto, Manual, Auto/Red-eye reduction, Manual/red-eye reduction. Angle of view coverage is 28mm wide-angle (equivalent to 35mm). Recharge time is 3 seconds.

Samsung announced its vision of becoming a world class digital camera manufacturer in May 2005. Since then, Samsung has seen strong success and rapid sales growth via the launch of innovative slim style cameras such as the Digimax i5 and i50 MP3. Its advanced technology was recognized again in the high-end camera Pro815 for semi-professional photographers.


Image Sensor 
Type 23.5mm x 15.7mm CCD
Effective Pixel Approx. 6.1 Mega-pixel
Total Pixel Approx. 6.3 Mega-pixel

Mount PENTAX KAF bayonet mount
Usable Lens
Schneider D-XENON Lens
* All PENTAX DSLR lenses are available.
* KAF2 (not power zoom compatible), KAF mount lenses, KA mount lenses

Type Pentaprism, Natural-Bright-Matte Focusing Screen
Field of View 95%
Magnification 0.95X (50mm F1.4 lens•∞)
Diopter Adjustment -2.5 ~ +1.5m-1
LCD Monitor
Low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD monitor 2.5” (approximately 210,000 dots)

Type TTL phase-matching 11 points wide AF

AF Single (with focus lock), Manual focus
Continuous AF

Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Speed 30 ~ 1/4,000 sec. with Bulb

Exposure Control 
Metering System TTL open-aperture 16-segment (coupled with lens and AF information)

Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Compensation ±2 (1/3EV or 1/2EV steps)
ISO Equivalent Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200

Type Built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash
Modes Auto, Manual, Auto/Red-eye reduction, Manual/Red-eye reduction
Guide Number 15.6 (at ISO 200)
Angle of View

28mm wide-angle (equivalent to 35mm)
Sync. Speed 1/180 sec.
Recharging Time Approx. 3 sec.
External Flash SEF-36PZF (optional)

White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,Tungsten, Fluorescent (W, D, N), Flash, Manual

Shooting Modes
AUTO SCN, Normal, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night scene
Portrait, Flash off, Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual, Bulb
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Auto Bracket
Continuous 2.8 fps up to 8 frames (JPEG), 5 frames (RAW)

2 sec., 12 sec., Remote control, Remote control 3 sec

Media SD Card (up to 1GB guaranteed)
File Format RAW (PEF), JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
Image Size 3008 : 3008×2000, 2400 : 2400×1600, 1536 : 1536×1024 pixels (JPEG)
3008 : 3008×2008 pixels (RAW)
Capacity (128MB) 3008 : RAW 10 Super Fine 33 Fine 68 Normal 114
2400 : – Super Fine 50 Fine 94 Normal 158
1536 : – Super Fine 103 Fine 169 Normal 266
* These figures are measured under Samsung’s standard conditions and
may vary depending on shooting conditions and camera settings.

Image Play
Type Single image, Thumbnails, Slide show
Editing Rotate, Digital Filter
Digital Filter B&W, Sepia, Soft, Slim

Digital Output Connector : USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED)
Video Output : NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
DC Power Input Connector : DC 6.5V

Power Source
4xAA Lithium, Alkaline, Ni-MH, 2xCR-V3 (Lithium) batteries

Dimensions (WxHxD)
125×92.5x67mm (excluding the projecting parts of the camera)

505g (body only, without batteries and card)

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