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Press Release - January 17, 2006

Samsung Camera Enters DSLR Market With Launch of GX-1S

Samsung’s First DSLR Boasts Schneider D-XENON Lens and 2.5-inch LCD

Secaucus, NJ (January 17, 2006) – 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.

"Through this partnership, and the GX-1S introduction, we have an opportunity to make an immediate impact in the DSLR space and dramatically expand the range of options available to consumers under the Samsung Brand," says Ken Gerb, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Samsung Camera. "The GX-1S includes features that the consumer has demanded in the competitive digital camera market including a large, 2.5-inch LCD and the ability to interchangeably use Schneider and Pentax lenses for superb image clarity."

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 have long been a defining feature of Samsung’s high-end digital still camera models, and the GX-1S is no exception. The GX-1S will be available as a body only, or bundled with the D-XENON lens as a kit. For added convenience the GX-1S can be used with many Pentax DSLR lens and KAF2 and KAF mount lenses. Pricing and availability information will be provided at a later date.

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. (more) Samsung Camera Enters DSLR Market With Launch of GX-1S

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 measuring 4.9 x 3.6 x 2.6-inches and weighs 17.8-ounces*

The 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.

The Samsung GX-1S 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 band 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.

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GX-1S Specifications
TypeInterchangeable lens Single-Lens-Reflex type digital still camera with TTL auto exposure,autofocus and built-in TTL auto flash.
Lens MountPENTAX K AF mount
Compatible LensesPENTAX K, KA, KAF, and KAF2 mount lenses; screw mount lenses, 645, and 67 series lenses (adapter required). Some functions may not activate depending on the choice of lens.
Image SensorInterline interlace CCD.
Size: 23.5mm x 15.7mm (diagonal line: 28.40mm).
Total pixels: 6.31 megapixels
Effective Pixels6.1 megapixels.
Recorded PixelsLarge: 3008 x 2008 pixels.
Middle: 2400 x 1600 pixels.
Small: 1536 x 1024 pixels.
SensitivityEquivalent to ISO 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
File FormatsExif 2.21, RAW, DCF, DPOF, PRINT Image Matching III
Quality LevelsCompressed: 8-bit JPEG-baseline with compressibility rates of 1/3, 1/6 and 1/12
and 12-bit RAW.
Storage MediaSD (Secure Digital)
White BalanceAuto: TTL control using image sensor.
Preset: Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Flash and Manual.
LCD Monitor2.5 inch, 210,000 pixel low-reflection TFT color LCD with histogram display
LCD FunctionSingle frame, zoom in/out up to 12X, nine-image, slide show, image rotation, shooting data indication (including date and histogram), quick view (instant display of image after shooting)
Delete FunctionSingle-frame-deletion, All-frame deletion, card format, protect
Video OutputNTSC/PAL switchable
InterfacesUSB 2.0 High Speed
Exposure ModesAuto Picture, Standard, Portrait, Night-scene Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Flash Off, Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Metered Manual, Bulb
Digital FilterPlayback: Black & White, Sepia, Soft Slim, Wide (3 levels)
Drive ModesSingle-shot, Continuous (2.8fps), Self-timer (12sec, 2sec), Auto bracketing, Remote Control (0sec, 3sec)
ShutterElectronically controlled vertical-run focal-plane shutter with electronic release.
Speeds: 1/4000 sec. to 30 sec. and Bulb
ViewfinderPentaprism with Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen
Viewfinder Coverage - 95%
Viewfinder Magnification - 0.95x (with 50mm f1.4 lens, -1-1)
Diopter Adjustment - -2.5m-1 to +1.5m-1
Viewfinder IndicationAF frame; Spot AF frame; Focus point indication (high lighted in red) Flash information; Picture mode (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night scene portrait); In-focus; Shutter speed; Aperture value; Exposure compensation factor; Manual white balance; Manual focus; ISO sensitivity warning; Auto exposure lock signal
Exposure MeteringTTL open-aperture 16-segment metering.
Spot metering and center-weighted metering selectable.
Metering range (at ISO200 with 50mm F1.4 lens): EV1 to EV21.5
Exposure compensation±2EV (in 1/3 or 1/2EV steps)
Auto Bracketing3 frames (proper/over/under) within range of ±1.5EV (1/2EV steps) or ±1.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Simultaneous use with exposure compensation possible.
Drive ModesSingle-shot, Continuous Advance, self-timer (2 or 12 sec.), Auto Bracketing, Remote Control (0 or 3 sec.)
AutofocusAF-Single, AF-Continuous, Manual
TTL phase-matching 11-point autofocus system (SAFOX VIII) with selectable Wide/Spot AF
Applicable illumination range: EV0 to EV19 (at ISO200 w/50mm f1.4 lens)
Built-in Flash (P-TTL)Guide number: 15.6 (at ISO200/m)
Angle of view coverage: 28mm
Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec.
Flash Exposure Compensation: +1 to -2 (1/2 steps)
Auto, Flash-Off, flash-on and Auto+red-eye reduction functions available.
Flash SynchVia hot shoe (with X-contact for dedicated flash unit).
Standard PC flash sync connector
Sensitivity range: ISO200 to ISO1600.
Flash synchronization: up to 1/180 sec.
Self-timerElectronically controlled type with 12- or 2-second delay.
Mirror lock-up mechanism available.
Mid-operation cancellation possible.
Remote ControlInfrared wireless remote control with optional remote controller.
Effective range: 5m (16.6 ft.) from front side of camera.
Instant release or 3-second-delay release switchable.
Power Source2 CR-V3 batteries or 4 AA-sized batteries (lithium, Ni-MH, alkaline).
Optional AC adapter available.
Battery LifeCR-V3: Approx. 850 frames no flash, Approx. 750 frames with flash used 50% of the time
Dimensions125mm x 92.5mm x 67mm (4.9 x 3.6 x 2.6 inches)
Weight505g (1.1 lb.) (w/out batteries and memory card)
605g (1.3 lb.) loaded and ready
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer, subject to change)

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