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Samsung Releases First Digital SLR-GX-1S

6-Mpxl camera designed for D-Xenon lens

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Samsung has jumped into the digital SLR camera market with the launch of its 6-Mpxl GX-1S, developed in cooperation with Pentax. Capable of continuous shooting speed of 2.8 fps up to 8 frames in JPEG mode or 5 fps in RAW mode, the GX-1S was specifically designed for use with the Schneider Kreuznach D-Xenon 18mm-55mm lens, and is also compatible with all Pentax DSLR lenses.

"Through this partnership and the GX-1S, 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 camera features a 23.5 x 15.7- mm CCD image sensor with image sizes that can be as large as 3008 x 2000 pixels in RAW or JPEG formats. Weighing only 18 oz, the GX-1S features exposures up to ISO 3200 for high-sensitivity shooting indoors. The GX-1S features a 2.5-in. LCD, as well as a small LCD on the top of the camera, which displays camera-operations information. Its pentaprism viewfinder offers a 95% field view and 0.95x magnification.

For accurate focusing, the GX-1S incorporates an 11-pt AF sensor and a choice of AF single or AF-continuous for a variety of options. In addition, users can choose from several White Balance settings, 6 scene modes, and 8 shooting modes"?including Portrait, Landscape, Moving Object, and Macro.

The GX-1S will be available as a body only, or bundled with the D-Xenon lens as a kit. Price and release date to be announced.


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