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Samsung unveils its first digital SLR camera: the GX-1S

Three months after Samsung signed the agreement with Pentax allowing both parties to combine their technologies to develop lens-interchangeable digital SLR cameras, Samsung has announced their first digital SLR camera the GX-1S. Even for a company like Samsung, a three months development cycle would be too short, so it is to no surprise that the GX-1S is just a repacking of the Pentax *ist DS2. featuring a 6 mega-pixels CCD, light weight and portability, a large bright 2.5 inch color TFT LCD screen and Pentaprism technology to provide a clear, bright viewfinder...
Samsung unveils its first digital SLR camera: the GX-1S - digital camera and photography news

PRESS SUMMARY

Samsung is announcing its advance into the digital SLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera arena with the launch of the six mega-pixel GX-1S.

Launching in February, the new interchangeable lens GX-1S is Samsung's first digital SLR camera, developed in conjunction with Pentax. Samsung now provides a full offering of digital cameras to cater for the needs of everyone – from point and shooters to advanced enthusiast photographers.

Offering high portability and mobility through its compact design, the GX-1S will weigh just 505 grams and house a 23.5mm x 15.7mm CCD image sensor. The 3200 ISO equivalent allows high sensitivity shooting in indoor environments.
The GX-1S also provides a continuous shooting speed of 2.8 frames per second (up to eight frames in JPEG mode).

- Lens
The GX-1S will utilize the new advanced Schneider Kreuznach D-Xenon lens system and Pentax's lens KAF bayonet mount technology – all Pentax DSLR lens will be mountable on the GX-1S.

- Viewfinder
The large TFT colour LCD screen (2.5 inch and 210K pixels) and Pentaprism technology ensure a clear and bright view.  The field of view is 95% with magnification at 0.95x (50mm F1.4 lens).

- Focusing, Shutter &; Flash
Modes include AF Single (with focus lock) and manual focus together with continuous AF . Shutter speed is 30 ~ 1/4,000 sec. with Bulb. The flash is a built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up offering the following modes: Auto, Manual, Auto/Red-eye reduction, Manual/red-eye reduction. Angle of view coverage is 28mm wide-angle (equivalent to 35mm). Recharge time is 3 seconds.

Samsung announced its vision of becoming a world class digital camera manufacturer in May 2005. Since then, Samsung has seen strong success and rapid sales growth via the launch of innovative slim style cameras such as the Digimax i5 and i50 MP3. Its advanced technology was recognized again in the high-end camera Pro815 for semi-professional photographers.
January 20, 2006
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