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Samsung GX-1S digital SLR unveiled

Samsung GX-1S digital SLR unveiled - The new 6 megapixel DSLR utilises a Pentax KAF mount and is compatible with all Pentax AF lenses.

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Samsung GX-1S digital SLR unveiled
Samsung GX-1S digital SLR unveiled
Samsung GX-1S digital SLR unveiled
Press Release:
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.
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mattw 14 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
Looks like a Pentax IST* with a Samsung badge (and a sensible neme!!)

I wonder what the implications are for the Pentax brand itself?


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Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
I think it will be good for Pentax, because Samsung will get cameras into retail outlets that Pentax might not be able to do. So more Pentax mount SLRs should be sold and there will be more demand for Pentax mount lenses and as such maybe more lenses will be developed.
mattw 14 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
Maybe Pete - but lets hope the 'Pentax' brand is not eaten up whole by the Sumsung giant.

Interesting. I just wonder if the Pentax brand will get "diluted" by the more consumer-looking Samsung. On the other hand, will Samsung gain presense and credibility in the DSLR market as a result?

It will certainly be interesting to see what happens to the lens supplies (may be good news for real Pentax owners!)
This can do nothing but good for Pentax and indeed for Samsung as well. The problem with Pentax has always been the marketing IMHO and maybe this will help to overcome that. The quality and superb design have never been in doubt.
It looks more like an *ist DL (2.5 in screen at the back), I am interested in the lenses they stick on the front, and how they compare with the Asahi optics.

I hope for a new high-end camera, 8MP+, CF compatible, with better AF that will replace the *ist D. And as robust!

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