Monday, January 22, 2007
Hot New D-SLRs
How seven recently introduced models stack up
Samsung Digimax GX-10
Similar in form, function and feature set to the Pentax K10D, the new Digimax GX-10 is the third member of Samsung's new D-SLR family. All are compatible with Pentax K-mount lenses; Samsung also offers a line of Schneider D-Xenon and D-Xenogon lenses that were designed for these cameras (and which also can be used on Pentax D-SLRs).
Optical Picture Stabilization adjusts the image sensor to counter the effects of handheld camera shake and thus functions with all lenses, not just special stabilized lenses. A dust-resistant coating on the CCD image sensor combines with a sensor-vibration dust-removal feature to keep images spot-free.
The pentaprism viewfinder shows a generous 95 percent of the actual image area, while the wide-view, 2.5-inch, 210,000-pixel LCD monitor shows 100 percent of the actual image area. An LCD panel on top of the camera displays camera settings for easy reference.
Like the Pentax K10D, the GX-10 is rugged and water- and dust-resistant. The 100,000-cycle shutter provides speeds up to 1⁄4000 sec., with flash sync up to 1⁄180 sec. You can shoot JPEG images at 3 fps until you fill the SD card or up to nine consecutive RAW images at 3 fps. A RAW button lets you quickly switch to RAW recording mode; you can convert the RAW image to JPEG while viewing it on the LCD monitor if desired. A "My Set Dial" allows users to store and quickly access favorite camera setups. Estimated Street Price: TBA.
Contact: Samsung, (800) 762-7746, www.samsungcamerausa.com.
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