Samsung GX-1L

Released February, 2006
  • 6 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD
  • 2.5" LCD
It has a chunky sculpted handgrip with a textured rubber insert, making it secure and comfortable to hold, and thanks to the weight of four AA batteries inside the handgrip it feels nicely balanced.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung GX-1L

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

2.8 fps
6 fps
5 fps

Features Key features of the Samsung GX-1L

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

6 MP
24.2 MP
24.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

3,200 ISO
25,600 ISO
25,600 ISO

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos


Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use


Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

61.1 microns
14.8 microns
15.2 microns

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung GX-1L

Not surprisingly the picture quality is identical to that of the Pentax *ist DL2, with good dynamic range, outstanding colour reproduction and very good noise control.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


One massive advantage that it shares with the DL2 is compatibility with every Pentax lens ever made, including older screw-mount fittings and even medium-format lenses via adapters.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Pentax has been making SLR cameras for a very long time and its optics have a reputation that is second to none, so there are thousands of top-quality lenses and other accessories in circulation in the second-hand market.
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It also gives you access to a vast range of Pentax lenses and accessories.
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1/500th sec, F9.5, ISO800 At 800 ISO there is the faintest hint of noise in some mid-tone areas, but the image is still very sharp with good detail.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
1/80th sec, F8, ISO200 At the lowest ISO setting the GX 1L produces nice smooth noise-free images, as one should expect.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Shots at 1600 ISO are very good, and lower than that are pretty much noise-free.
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Whatever the future may hold, the fact remains that the GX 1L is an outstanding camera for anyone looking for an introduction to digital SLR photography.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
As I stated, the digital SLR market is very competitive, especially at the consumer end of the price scale, so surely these two cameras are competing with each other?
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
It is smaller and lighter than many other digital SLRs, but due to its relative simplicity the control layout is clean and uncluttered.
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1/1500th sec, F11, ISO3200 At 3200 ISO there is a good deal of image noise, and colour speckling is clearly visible all over the image.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
1/1000th sec, F11, ISO1600 At 1600 ISO there is image noise visible over most of the image, but it is well controlled and the image would be usable for most purposes.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The GX has a maximum ISO setting of 3200, and although shots at this setting are quite noisy they are useable.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Image stabilization

Samsung and Pentax have a joint development deal for digital SLR technology, and have launched their own versions of several key models including this one, the GX 1S and the new GX 10, which is actually a slightly re-modelled Pentax K10D.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Type CCD
Megapixels 6 MP
Resolution 3008 x 2008
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 61.1 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG


Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 210 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No


Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s


Max continuous shooting 2.8 fps
Continuous shooting 2.8 fps, JPEG


Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None


Video None

focus system

Type Contrast detection


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 96%
Magnification 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.55x

form factor

Size 125 x 93 x 66 mm
Thickness 66 mm
Weight 570 g
Is weather sealed No
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