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Samsung: New DSLR to match *ist DL2?
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, January 27, 2006 - 15:20 EST)

A couple of weeks ago, Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung launched its first digital SLR, the fruit of its cooperation with camera company Pentax.

The Samsung GX-1S was in essence a rebadging of Pentax's existing *ist DS2 digital SLR, presumably to get Samsung's name established in the market at the earliest opportunity. Earlier today, Pentax announced a new digital SLR, the *ist DL2 - and it looks like Samsung will be rebadging that camera as well. Sites around the web have recently published rumors of a digital SLR called the Samsung GX-1L, and German website digitalkamera.de has listed specifications for the camera which match up nicely with Pentax's DL2. A Chinese website, Zol.com.cn , also has photos purporting to be the Samsung GX-1L, lending further credence to the rumor.

Samsung has yet to comment - there's nothing on the GX-1L on the company's websites as yet. There's still no mention of the GX-1S on most of Samsung's sites either, though, so it could be that the announcement is still forthcoming, or it could be that there's no big splash planned for the GX-1L. Either way, we aren't currently aware of pricing or availability for the Samsung GX-1L. Specifications translated from digitalkamera.de's information follow below, and should there be an official announcement, you can expect to read it on our news page.

Samsung GX-1L
General
Camera Type SLR
Manufacturer Samsung
Model Number GX-1L
Dimensions 4.9 x 3.6 x 2.6"
125.0 x 92.5 x 67.0mm
Weight 553.0 g
19.3 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1.12" CCD
6.31 megapixels (total)
6.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Focal Length Multiplier 1.50
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Image Dimensions 3008 x 2008 (6.0 megapixels)
2400 x 1600 (3.8 megapixels)
1536 x 1024 (1.6 megapixels)
Capture Speed Continuous: 2.8 frames per second for 5 frames
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, Fixed molded penta-mirror type
96% field of view
LCD 2.5", 210,000 pixels
Lens
Lens Type Interchangeable Lens
Lens Mount Pentax K-mount
Focusing System 5-point phase detection w/ selectable spot AF
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes 16-segment coupled with lens / AF info: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light (W, D, N), Fla sh, Manual, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Flash-On, Flash-Off, Red-eye reduction
Range: 15.6m (ISO 200)
Creative
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 12 seconds
Time Lapse No
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format CCD-RAW, CCD RAW, JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other DC In
Power
Battery Type Alkaline or Lithium disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 4 x AA or 2 x CR-V3
Product Bundle
Flash Memory 0.0MB
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone No
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control Yes
 

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