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Samsung GX-1S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 reviews of Samsung GX-1S. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and price. The usability and performance also get good opinions, but the lens and focus get mixed comments. The software and color get negative views.

portability, performance, usability, price, image quality

low-light, color, software

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung GX-1S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Samsung GX-1S from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Opinions about the lens and usability are overall positive. The portability and price also get good feedback, but the focus and image quality get negative opinions.

performance, price, portability, usability, lens

image quality, focus

67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

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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...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Long (

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,...

Jun, 2006


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Samsung GX-1S review


The digital SLR camera market is no longer served exclusively by camera manufacturers. After the takeover of Konica Minolta, we have seen the sudden arrival of electronics giant Sony, whose introduction of the Alpha 100 instantly puts them on the map....

To venture into the market of the DSLR camera as a perfect stranger can be very tricky indeed. Samsung have adopted a rather clever approach to this problem by joining forces with one of the "old hands". However, where we saw Sony and Panasonic add a...

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

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...

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : Pop Photo (

Camera Test: Samsung Digimax GX-1S


It's funny how kids sometimes look a whole lot more like one parent than the other. Take the new Samsung Digimax GX-1S ($699, suggested retail, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Schneider D-Xenon lens). The offspring of Samsung and Pentax, the GX-1S looks almost...

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Joe Farace (

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

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Long (

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...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Patrick Singleton (

Samsung GX 1S


On the first chart, the large background squares are the colors as the GX-1S recorded them. The vertical rectangles inside those squares are the colors as they should be reproduced, and the small squares are the ideal tones, corrected only for luminance

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...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : -Grant Clauser (

Samsung GX 1S Digital SLR Camera


After spending a lot of quality time with their point-and-shoot digital cameras, some people come away wanting more...more control, more speed, more accuracy. Those things can come only with a true digital SLR camera, which until fairly recently would...

The pictures I took with this camera looked excellent. The autofocus and metering system produced sharp, nicely exposed images and the manual controls allowed me flexibility when I needed it. It's also pretty light, which makes it easy to tote around

Oct, 2001

Expert review by : staff (

Samsung GX-1S review


This new camera may be a sheep in sheep's clothing

Smooth, reliable manual zooming and focusing ; Generous 2.5-inch screen ; Tough build ; Good image quality

Controls are not too impressive ; Some optical distortion and chromatic fringing

The GX-1S is a cheap SLR option, but there's still better value to be had out there

Apr, 2006

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