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Samsung GX-1S vs Sony A100

Portability
68
Imaging
45
Features
36
Overall
41
Samsung GX-1S front
 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 front
Portability
64
Imaging
49
Features
38
Overall
44

Samsung GX-1S vs Sony A100 Key Specs

Samsung GX-1S
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 605g - 125 x 93 x 66mm
  • Released January 2006
Sony A100
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 638g - 133 x 95 x 71mm
  • Launched July 2006
  • Succeeded the Konica Minolta 5D
  • Renewed by Sony A550
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Samsung GX-1S vs Sony A100 Overview

Here is a extended overview of the Samsung GX-1S and Sony A100, former being a Advanced DSLR while the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by competitors Samsung and Sony. There is a noticeable difference among the resolutions of the GX-1S (6MP) and A100 (10MP) but both cameras posses the identical sensor size (APS-C).

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The GX-1S was unveiled 6 months before the A100 and they are both of a similar age. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Samsung GX-1S being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony A100 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before delving right into a in depth comparison, here is a short view of how the GX-1S matches up vs the A100 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Samsung GX-1S over the Sony A100

 GX-1S A100 

Reasons to pick Sony A100 over the Samsung GX-1S

 A100 GX-1S 
Screen resolution230k210kSharper screen (+20k dot)

Common features in the Samsung GX-1S and Sony A100

 GX-1S A100 
LaunchedJanuary 2006July 2006Same age
Manually focus More precise focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size2.5"2.5"Same screen size
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Samsung GX-1S vs Sony A100 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry your camera, you have to think about its weight and size. The Samsung GX-1S provides exterior dimensions of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") having a weight of 605 grams (1.33 lbs) whilst the Sony A100 has specifications of 133mm x 95mm x 71mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 2.8") and a weight of 638 grams (1.41 lbs).

Check out the Samsung GX-1S and Sony A100 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are using at that time. Below is a front view over all size comparison of the GX-1S and the A100.

Samsung GX-1S vs Sony A100 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the GX-1S and A100 is 68 and 64 respectively.

Samsung GX-1S vs Sony A100 top view buttons comparison

Samsung GX-1S vs Sony A100 Sensor Comparison

Often, its difficult to visualise the contrast in sensor sizing only by researching technical specs. The visual underneath may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the GX-1S and A100.

As you have seen, each of these cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same MP. You can count on the Sony A100 to render more detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively.

Samsung GX-1S vs Sony A100 sensor size comparison

Samsung GX-1S vs Sony A100 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung GX-1S vs Sony A100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung GX-1S Portrait photography information
Sony A100 Portrait photography information
51
focusing manually
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no liveview feature
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
53
manual focus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no liveview feature
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Samsung GX-1S Street photography details
Sony A100 Street photography details
60
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lighter than competition (605g)
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
65
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Samsung GX-1S as a Sports photography camera
Sony A100 as a Sports photography camera
39
sensor size is good (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
no liveview feature
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (6MP)
49
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has phase detect AF
no liveview feature
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Samsung GX-1S as a Travel photography camera
Sony A100 as a Travel photography camera
52
lighter than competition (605 grams)
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (6MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
45
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse function
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung GX-1S as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A100 as a Landscape photography camera
47
focusing manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
no liveview feature
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
missing Time Lapse mode
53
manual focus
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
no liveview feature
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung GX-1S Vlogging information
Sony A100 Vlogging information
9
no video shooting
9
no video shooting
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Samsung GX-1S vs Sony A100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung GX-1S and Sony A100
 Samsung GX-1SSony Alpha DSLR-A100
General Information
Brand Name Samsung Sony
Model type Samsung GX-1S Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
Type Advanced DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2006-01-16 2006-07-31
Physical type Mid-size SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.7mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area 369.0mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 6MP 10MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Full resolution 3008 x 2008 3872 x 2592
Max native ISO 3200 1600
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF Sony/Minolta Alpha
Amount of lenses 151 143
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.5" 2.5"
Resolution of screen 210 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.64x 0.55x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/180 seconds 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Max video resolution None None
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 605 gr (1.33 pounds) 638 gr (1.41 pounds)
Physical dimensions 125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") 133 x 95 x 71mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 61
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.0
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 476
Other
Battery ID 4 x AA NP-FM55H
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/MMC card Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $850 $1,000