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Samsung GX-1 / GX-1L / GX-1S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 185 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the build quality and image quality. The portability and usability also get good comments, but some have doubts about the shutter and software. There are some mixed comments about the screen.

value for money, usability, portability, image quality, build quality

performance, low-light, color, software, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Samsung GX-1 / GX-1L / GX-1S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung GX-1L SLR


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-...

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...

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Samsung GX 1L Digital SLR


The GX-1L was designed with entry-level DSLR users in mind with its easy-to-use features and aggressive price point. The GX-1L features a host of automatic functions including Auto Sensitivity, Auto Picture Mode and a newly designed operation system....

We liked the Pentax *ist DL when we reviewed it earlier this year, and we like what is essentially its clone, the Samsung GX-1L, equally well. With a price point that overlaps well into consumer digicam territory, the GX-1L offers a compelling choice...

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Samsung Digimax GX-1S Camera


The Samsung Digimax GX-1S ($800 as of 5/5/06) is an entry-level digital SLR that's very similar to the Pentax *ist D2. Though the name on the front says Samsung, the camera has the same small, sturdy body and features as Pentax's latest entry-level...

Sturdy construction, small size Controls are easy to use one-handed

Images didn't look very sharp Must use menus to access many features

The Samsung Digimax GX-1S is a little expensive when compared with competitors such as the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, considering that the Rebel XT offers more controls, better image quality, and a larger selection of lenses. As with any digital SLR,...


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Samsung Digimax GX-1S


This entry-level digital SLR is easy to use, but its images didn't look very sharp.

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Samsung GX-1S DSLR reviewed


It's been a couple of months since Samsung dropped their first DSLR, the GX-1S, and we'd yet to hear anything of it since -- until now. DigitalCameraInfo has a review up of the sub-$1g DSLR, and they were pretty thorough in giving it the once-over. The...

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The Samsung GX-1S is a small, lightweight, 6-megapixel DSLR with a Pentax lens mount, 11-point autofocus, and a kit price around $800. It looks very similar to Pentax's DSLRs, which are tough, nicely styled, and easy to use. Predictions point to the...

Solid Construction ; Large, high-resolution LCD ; Good Usability ; Mirror lock connected to self-timer ; Excellent user manual ; Compact body ; Nice color reproduction ; Handles noise well at lower ISOs ; Very easy to use

Poor resolution performance ; Unreliable meter - often underexposed ; Poor autofocus ; Grip is uncomfortable for some users ; Kit lens has small maximum aperture

The GX-1S is a puzzling camera. It seems to be a re-branded Pentax rather than a new camera from Samsung. Our hope had been that Samsung would shake up the entry-level DSLR market with its own products, but this camera is either a Pentax or so close...

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Samsung GX-1L First Impressions Review


Samsung has hit the DSLR market with the entry level GX-1L. It's a 6.1 megapixel camera that's compatible with the Pentax KAF lens mount, and it's a dead ringer for the Pentax *ist DL2. Staff demonstrating the camera at Samsung's PMA booth said that...

- Solid construction - Small size - ISO 3200 setting - Picture effects preserve the original image

- Autofocus is slow - No white balance fine-tuning or Kelvin setting - Burst rate is slow, and number of burst shots is limited - Handgrip is uncomfortable for some people and positions

We think the GX-1L is a respectable entry level option. We say that mainly because it seems to be a Pentax, which is a good thing for a few reasons. First, it shares Pentax's durable construction, simple interface and other positive qualities. Second,...

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Samsung Digimax GX-1S


There are many choices in the entry-level D-SLR arena. How does the GX-1S perform? Find out in our review

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Solid construction; doesn't feel "cheap" despite the low price ; Compatible with nearly all modern Pentax lenses ; Large 2.5" LCD display ; Snappy performance in most areas ; Full manual controls, as...

Focusing not as fast as competition, especially in low light ; Some vignetting with kit lens ; Photos a bit oversaturated in JPEG mode at default settings (in my opinion) ; Can't take as many shots in a row as competition in burst mode ; Limited white...

If you're looking for your first digital SLR then the Samsung Digimax GX-1S is worth a look. It's inexpensive, well built, and it performs well in most respects. It's also a good choice if you have some Pentax lenses already, since they'll most likely...

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Samsung’s GX-1S; The K-Mount Revolution Continues


Samsung's GX-1S digital SLR features a compact, lightweight, easy-to-hold body along with features aplenty-including K-mount compatibility. Pentax introduced the K-mount to the world in 1975 and over the years extended the mount's functionality with...

Secure Digital card that stores up to 90 raw files or 330 JPEGs

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Samsung Digimax GX-1S Digital SLR


This digital camera from Samsung is a well-designed, capable model for people who want a digital SLR. As with most cameras of this type, it's best to get your hand on the GX-1S to decide if its small size and thoughtful design are right for you.

Sturdy design ; Good image quality ; Small size

Noisy images at high ISOs ; Must use the menu to change many functions

If you’re shopping for an entry-level digital SLR, it’s easy to become confused by the array of cameras currently available. The Samsung Digimax GX-1Sshould be one of your less perplexing options, though, because it is very similar to the Pentax *ist...

Product Specifications

Samsung Camera has entered the DSLR market with the Samsung GX-1S, a six-megapixel model featuring world-renowned Schneider optics and a high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD. The interchangeable lens DSLR was developed jointly with partner Pentax Corporation. For outstanding image quality, the GX-1S features high-precision, 16 segment multi-pattern metering to assure accurate light measurement in addition to center-weighted metering and spot metering for more advanced applications. To provide accurate focusing on a variety of subjects the GX-1S incorporates a sophisticated 11-point AF sensor and a choice of AF single or AF-continuous for a wide variety of options. For further image control, users can chose from several White Balance settings and a variety of automatic shooting modes such as Portrait, Landscape, Moving Object, Macro and more. Developed specifically for use with the Samsung GX-1S is the Schneider D-XENON 18mm~55mm lens. World-renowned Schnieder optics has long been a defining feature of Samsung's high-end digital still camera models, and the GX-1S is no exception. The Samsung GX-1S 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-1S features a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor and a bright, high-magnification pentaprism viewfinder offering a 95-percent field view and .95-times magnification. An ideal solution for picture-taking on-the-go, the Samsung GX-1S has a compact design. This user-friendly model takes full advantage of the large LCD monitor with a convenient and informative in-camera guidance system that provides a detailed explanation of shooting, flash modes and White Balance settings.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA / CR-V3

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Action / Candle / Kids / Landscape / Macro / Museum / Night scene / Pet / Portrait mode / Sunset / Surf & snow / Text/Action / Candle / Kids / Landscape / Museum / Night scene / Pet / Portrait mode / Sunset / Surf & snow / Text/Action / Landscape / Night scene / Portrait mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung/Samsung Digimax

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Samsung D-XENON 18-55mm
Max Focal Length:55mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3
Special Functions:Zoom
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.7 x 23.5mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.7 x 23.5 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level mirror pentaprism/Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Slim / Soft
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical