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Samsung's GX-1L digital SLR. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung announces GX-1L SLR
(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 TypeSLR
Model NumberGX-1L
Dimensions4.9 x 3.6 x 2.6"
125.0 x 92.5 x 67.0mm
Weight470.0 g
16.4 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type1.12" CCD
6.30 megapixels (total)
6.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Focal Length Multiplier1.50
Aspect Ratio3:2
Image Dimensions3008 x 2008 (6.0 megapixels)
3008 x 2000 (6.0 megapixels)
2400 x 1600 (3.8 megapixels)
1536 x 1024 (1.6 megapixels)
Capture SpeedContinuous: 2.8 frames per second for 5 frames
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderYes, Fixed molded penta-mirror type
96% field of view
LCD2.5", 210,000 pixels
Lens TypeInterchangeable Lens
Lens MountPentax K-mount
Focusing System5-point phase detection w/ selectable spot AF
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
ISO SensitivityAuto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Shutter Speed30 - 1/4000 second
Exposure ModesAperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes16-segment coupled with lens / AF info: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light (W, D, N), Flash, Manual, Manual
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Manual, Auto/Red- eye reduction, Manual/Red-eye reduction
Range: 15.6m (ISO 200)
Scene ModesNight scene, Surf&snow, Text, Sunset, kids, Pet, Candle light, Museum
Self TimerYes, 2 or 12 seconds
Time LapseNo
Recording MediumSD/MMC
File SystemComplies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatCCD-RAW, CCD RAW (.PEF), JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherDC In
Battery TypeAlkaline or Lithium disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor4 x AA or 2 x CR-V3
Product Bundle
SoftwareDigimax Master
Flash Memory0.0MB
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneNo
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlYes
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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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