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Samsung's GX-10 single-lens reflex digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung GX-10 - pricing, specifications
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 13:30 EDT)

Last night, we told readers about Samsung's upcoming GX-10 digital SLR - the company's own variant of the Pentax K10D model that's the latest fruit of a cooperation between the two companies on DSLR development.

The Pentax K10D was announced about a week ago, but at the time of Samsung's announcement last night we were awaiting details including product specifications and pricing, and hence couldn't make much comparison beyond the product photos which showed that some of the controls and markings on the camera body had been restyled. We've now received specs from Samsung, and as might be expected they are extremely similar to those for the K10D. There are some areas that differ - for example, Samsung lists the camera body as four millimeters thicker, describes a couple more white balance modes than Pentax does, and lists only a DNG raw mode where Pentax lists both DNG and PEF raw modes. One point will certainly differ between Pentax and Samsung's cameras - the software bundle. Where Pentax includes its PENTAX PHOTO Browser3 and PHOTO Laboratory3 programs, Samsung will include Digimax Master and Digimax DNG Converter instead.

However, given that Samsung's spec sheet so far looks to be rather preliminary (for example, listing the camera weight as "to be determined"), we wouldn't read too much into it. The specifications we've received from Samsung follow below.

More importantly, we have now received pricing information for the Samsung GX-10, which is slated to ship this October, just slightly before the K10D arrives in November. Pentax's pricing was revealed as $899.95 body-only, or $999.95 with the inclusion of a Pentax DA 18-55mm zoom lens as a kit. We now hear today that Samsung's pricing will be essentially the same - MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) of $899.99 body-only, or $999.99 in a kit with an 18-55mm lens.

Since the K10D was announced, we've read a lot of very excited emails and forum posts from prospective buyers impressed by the robust, promising feature-set (on paper anyway - we've yet to have a chance to review the camera). Given its similarity, the same can doubtless be said of the GX-10, which will also attract much attention. For would-be customers who are able to source both cameras in their region, the choice looks likely to come down to this: which brandname resonates with you, whose after-sales service do you prefer, which software bundle do you want, and what shape do you like your buttons? So far, given the pricing and product specifications we've seen, there will be little else to help make the call.



Samsung GX-10
Samsung's GX-10 single-lens reflex digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type SLR
Manufacturer Samsung
Model Number GX-10
Dimensions 5.6 x 4.0 x 2.8"
142.0 x 101.0 x 71.5mm
Planned Price $899.99
Planned Availability Oct 2006
Image Capture
Sensor Type APS-C CCD
10.75 megapixels (total)
10.20 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Image Dimensions 3872 x 2592 (10.0 megapixels)
3008 x 2000 (6.0 megapixels)
1824 x 1216 (2.2 megapixels)
Capture Speed Continuous: 3.0 frames per second
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, SLR type; Eye-level Pentaprism
95% field of view
LCD 2.5", 210,000 pixels
100% field of view
Lens
Lens Type Interchangeable Lens
Lens Mount PENTAX KAF; KAF2, KAF, KA lens
Image Stabilization Yes
Focusing System 11-point TTL phase-matching (SAFOX VIII)
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, ISO priority AE
Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes TTL open-aperture: 16-segment multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 3.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sen sor - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent (W / D / N), Flash, Manual, Manual
Internal Flash Guide Number: 11
Modes: Auto, Manual, Auto/Red-eye reduction, Manual/Red-eye reduction
Creative
Scene Modes Auto Scene, Normal, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night scene
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 12 seconds
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, SDHC
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format CCD-RAW, RAW (.DNG), JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other DC In
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary D-LI50
Product Bundle
Software Digimax Master, Digimax DNG Converter
Battery / Charger Proprietary D-LI50 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 0.0MB
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control Yes
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Samsung's GX-10 single-lens reflex digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's GX-10 single-lens reflex digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's GX-10 single-lens reflex digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

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