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Samsung's GX-1L digital SLR. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung announces GX-1L SLR
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 19:00 EST)

Samsung Opto-Electronics America, Inc.has today officially announced the new GX-1L digital SLR, a camera which we reported on a few weeks ago after sites in Europe and Asia published information on the model.

The GX-1L is Samsung's second digital SLR outing after the GX-1S, and in much the same way as the '1S was in essence a rebadging of Pentax's existing *ist DS2 digital SLR, the '1L looks to be essentially a rebadged Pentax *ist DL2. The Samsung GX-1L features a six megapixel CCD image sensor, Pentax KAF lens mount, 2.5" LCD display with 210,000 pixels, maximum ISO sensitivity of 3200, SD / MMC card storage, USB 2.0 and NTSC / PAL connectivity, and power from four AA or two CR-V3 batteries.

Pricing and availability haven't been disclosed at the time of this writing.

Samsung GX-1L
Samsung's GX-1L digital SLR. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
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 470.0 g
16.4 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1.12" CCD
6.30 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)
3008 x 2000 (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 Type Interchangeable Lens
Lens Mount Pentax K-mount
Focusing System 5-point phase detection w/ selectable spot AF
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
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), Flash, Manual, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Manual, Auto/Red- eye reduction, Manual/Red-eye reduction
Range: 15.6m (ISO 200)
Scene Modes Night scene, Surf&snow, Text, Sunset, kids, Pet, Candle light, Museum
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 12 seconds
Time Lapse No
Recording Medium SD/MMC
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format CCD-RAW, CCD RAW (.PEF), JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other DC In
Battery Type Alkaline or Lithium disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 4 x AA or 2 x CR-V3
Product Bundle
Software Digimax Master
Flash Memory 0.0MB
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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Samsung's GX-1L digital SLR. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Samsung Camera Announces Second DSLR Model to 2006 Line-Up

The New GX-1L Is the Second DSLR Model Developed Jointly With Pentax

Secaucus, NJ (February 23, 2006) – Samsung Camera is pleased to announce a second digital SLR model for 2006—the GX-1L—an entry-level, six-megapixel model. The interchangeable lens DSLR, jointly developed with partner Pentax Corporation, features world-renowned Schneider optics in a compact, lightweight, easy-to-hold body.

“The GX-1L was designed with entry-level DSLR users in mind with its easy-to-use features and aggressive price point,” says Stewart Henderson, National Marketing Manager at Samsung Camera. “The GX-1L features a host of automatic functions including Auto Sensitivity, Auto Picture Mode and a newly designed operation system. This, combined with its full range of advanced manual functions, make the GX-1L perfect for the beginning through advanced DSLR user.”

For exceptional image quality and control, the GX-1L has a five-point, wide-area Auto Focus system, with a choice of AF-single or AF-continuous, providing accurate auto focusing in a variety of shooting conditions. The GX-1L also incorporates a high-precision, three-mode metering system including, 16-segment multi-pattern metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering. For additional control and creativity, users can choose from eight scene modes including Kids, Pets, Candlelight, Museum, Night Scene, Surf & Snow, Text and Sunset and several White Balance settings.

As with many high-end Samsung camera models, the GX-1L was developed for use with Schneider optics. The GX-1L uses the Schneider D-XENON 18mm~55mm lens and will be available as a body only, or bundled with the D-XENON lens as a kit. For added convenience the GX-1L can be used with many Pentax DSLR lenses and KAF2 and KAF mount lenses.

Designed for easy use, the GX-1L includes a host of automatic operations including an innovative Auto Picture mode that automatically selects the appropriate picture mode from Standard, Landscape, Macro or Action depending on the subject. When in Auto Sensitivity mode the GX-1L automatically selects the camera’s sensitivity including brightness and focal length to help reduce camera shake and ensure a steady, clear image. And, for easy selection, all major functions can be accessed from the large, easy-to-read mode dial.

The Samsung GX-1L includes a high-speed consecutive shooting mode of up to 2.8 frames per second up to eight frames in JPEG shooting and up to five frames per second when shooting in Raw Mode, allowing the user to capture a series of the subject’s action or movement.

Designed to enable easy viewing of images in all lighting conditions, the GX 1L features a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor (210,000 pixels) and a bright, high-magnification pentaprism viewfinder offering a 96-percent field view.

The GX-1L features a compact, lightweight body measuring just 4.9 x 3.6x 2.6-inches and weighing 16-ounces* perfect for on-the-go shooting.

The Samsung GX-1L can be powered by four AA-size Lithium, Ni-MH or CR-V3 batteries.

Samsung Opto-Electronics America, Inc., Secaucus, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd., Sungnam Kyungki-Do, Korea. Samsung Opto-Electronics markets a full line of auto focus cameras, zoom and digital cameras for the amateur as well as the professional under the Samsung brand name. CCTV monitors and lenses, motorized zoom lenses, binoculars, observation and security systems, and video presenters are other products in the family of photographic and optical equipment.

*Without battery or memory card
Technical specifications subject to change prior to product launch


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