Excerpt: Samsung entered the digital SLR market just over a year ago with the launch of the entry-level GX-1-series, based on the Pentax *ist DL. Its latest model, the GX-10, is aimed at the advanced amateur looking for an affordable but durable and feature-packed DSLR. How does it fare in such a competitive area of the market? Daniel Lezano finds out.
Excerpt: The not-quite-identical twin of the Pentax K10D serves as the electronics giant's springboard into 10MP DSLRs -- with a full system already in place. (Note that the GX-10, according to Samsung, uses the same sensor, processing engine, and firmware as the Pentax K10D. We have therefore ranked these as a tie in every test category.
Excerpt: It's not hard to spot that the Samsung GX-10 is virtually identical to the Pentax K10D, or rather that they are identical to each other. As far as we can discover the biggest and perhaps only significant difference between the cameras is the price and the Samsung wins that fight by a good few notes.
Summary: Despite a great feature set for the price, pro-level customization, and excellent photo quality, we can't think of a single reason to buy the Samsung GX-10 over its Pentax-made twin, the K10D.
Pros: Excellent photo quality, Well-designed and solidly built body, Premium features for its price class
Cons: Occasional autofocus hunting, Optical Picture Stabilization only buys you about a stop
Excerpt: It's common practice in the electronics and car industries to have joint ventures and rebadge stock, but in the photographic arena it's only been the budget end of the compact market where a brace of similar specified models would have appeared. This is changing as photographic manufacturers join forces with electronics companies to compete against the likes of Nikon and Canon.
Pros: Weather sealed body with solid steel chassis, Solid build, DNG RAW formats supported, Good 11 point AF system, Sensitivity priority programs, In camera anti-shake should keep lenses reasonably priced, Good battery life., Very well priced
Cons: Existing lens range limited in pro-sector, SD compartment door release fiddly, Battery grip a little quirky, ISO1600 a bit too noisy, No flash sync socket, Instruction manual not as well indexed as Pentax K10D