Samsung GX-1L SLR Review

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Samsung GX-1L

Review posted 8/10/2006

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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. This, combined with its full range of advanced manual functions, make the 6-megapixel 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.

GX-1L Features:

  • One of the smallest, lightest and most affordable dSLR cameras
  • High resolution, large-area 6.1-Megapixel CCD image sensor
  • Image sizes are: 6M RAW 3008x2008, 6M 3008x2000, 4M 2400x1600 or 1.5M 1536x1024
  • Choice of JPEG with 3 quality levels or RAW recording formats
  • Software included to manipulate RAW format image data
  • Compatible with Schneider D-XENON and Pentax KA, KAF, and KAF2 (not power zoom compatible) mount lenses
  • 2.5-inch, 210,000-pixel TFT color LCD monitor for easy viewing
  • Pentamirror viewfinder with Natural-Bright-Matte Focussing Screen, 96% field of view
  • 16-segment metering with Multi-Segment, Spot and Center-weighted options
  • TTL phase-matching 5 points wide AF with Spot AF mode
  • Shutter speeds from 1/4000 to 30 seconds plus Bulb
  • Auto pop-up flash with red-eye reduction, external flash units can be used with P-TTL hot shoe
  • AUTO SCN, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night scene Portrait, Flash off, Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual, Bulb, Surf&snow, Text, Sunset, kids, Pet, Candle light and Museum exposure modes.
  • 2.8fps Continuous capture of up to 5 JPEG or 3 RAW frames
  • 18 Custom Settings to personalize camera operations
  • Noise reduction function activates for long exposures
  • Playback functions; histogram, nine-image thumbnail and 12X zoom display
  • Four digital filters (black-and-white, sepia, slim, and soft-focus) for easy post-shooting image processing
  • Uses removable Secure Digital flash memory cards
  • High-speed USB 2.0 connectivity, PictBridge and Print Image Matching III compatible
  • Powered by 4 AA batteries or 2 CR-V3 Li-ion batteries
  • Optional wired cable release

The Samsung GX-1L is available now as a kit bundled with the D-XENON 18-55mm Zoom Lens for ~$599 USD. Digimax Master software included

Physical Views

Samsung GX-1L, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

Samsung GX-1L, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

Samsung GX-1L, image (c) 2006 Steve's DigicamsSamsung GX-1L, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

Samsung GX-1L, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

Samsung GX-1L, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

Samsung GX-1L, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

The Samsung GX-1L and Schneider Kreuznach D-XENON f/4.0-5.6 50-200mm ED lens

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GX-1L Specifications
Image Sensor Type 23.5mm x 15.7mm CCD
Effective Pixels Approx. 6.1 Mega-pixel
Total Pixels Approx. 6.3 Mega-pixel
Lens Mount PENTAX KAF bayonet mount
Usable Lens Schneider D-XENON Lens
* All PENTAX DSLR lenses are available.
* KAF2 (not power zoom compatible), KAF mount lenses, KA mount lenses
Viewfinder Type Pentamirror, Natural-Bright-Matte II Focusing Screen
Field of View 96%
Magnification 0.85X (50mm F1.4 lens·?)
Diopter Adjustment -2.5 ~ +1.5m­­
LCD Monitor Low-temperature polysilicon TFT colour LCD
monitor 2.5" (approximately 210,000 dots)
Focusing Type TTL phase-matching 5 points wide AF
Modes AF Single (with focus lock), Manual focus
Continuous AF
Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Speed 30 ~ 1/4,000 sec. with Bulb

Exposure Control

Metering System TTL open-aperture 16-segment
(coupled with lens and AF information)
Metering : Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Compensation ±2 (1/3EV or 1/2EV steps)
ISO Equivalent Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Flash Type Built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash
Modes Auto, Manual, Auto/Red-eye reduction,
Manual/Red-eye reduction
Guide Number 15.6 (at ISO 200)
Angle of View Coverage 28mm wide-angle (equivalent to 35mm)
Sync. Speed 1/180 sec.
Recharging Time Approx. 3 sec.
External Flash SEF-36PZF SAMSUNG dedicated flash (optional)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,Tungsten, Fluorescent (W, D, N), Flash, Manual
Shooting Modes AUTO SCN, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night scene
Portrait, Flash off, Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual, Bulb
SCN Modes Night scene, Surf&snow, Text, Sunset, kids, Pet, Candle light, Museum
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Auto Bracket
Continuous 2.8 fps up to 5 frames (JPEG), 3 frames (RAW)
Self-timer 2 sec., 12 sec., Remote control, Remote control 3 sec
Storage Media SD Card (up to 1GB guaranteed)
File Format RAW(PEF), JPEG(DCF), EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
Image Size

3008 : 3008x2000, 2400 : 2400x1600,
1536 : 1536x1024 pixels (JPEG)
3008 : 3008x2008 pixels (RAW)

Capacity (128MB) 3008 : RAW 11 Super Fine 35 Fine 70 Normal 116
2400 : - Super Fine 51 Fine 96 Normal 159
1536 : - Super Fine 105 Fine 171 Normal 267
* These figures are measured under Samsung's standard conditions and may vary depending on shooting conditions and camera settings.
Image Play Type Single image, Thumbnails, Slide show
Editing Rotate, Digital Filter
Digital Filter B&W, Sepia, Soft, Slim, Brightness
Interface Digital Output Connector : USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED)
Video Output : NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
DC Power Input Connector : DC 6.5V, 3.0A
Power Source 4xAA Lithium, Alkaline, Ni-MH, 2xCR-V3 (Lithium) batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 125x92.5x67mm (excluding the projecting parts of the camera)
Weight 470g (without batteries and card)
Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40 °C
Operating Humidity 5 ~ 85%
Software Camera Driver Storage Driver (Windows 2000/ME/XP, Mac OS 9.0 or later)
Application Digimax Master
For Windows PC with processor better than Pentium III 450MHz (Pentium 700MHz recommended)
Windows 2000/ME/XP
Minimum 256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
250MB of available hard disk space
(1GB recommended)
USB port
CD-ROM drive
1024x768 pixels, 16-bit colour display compatible monitor
(24-bit colour display recommended)
For Machintosh Power Mac G3 or later
Mac OS 9.0 or later
Minimum 256MB RAM
250MB of available hard-disk space
USB port
CD-ROM drive

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