Samsung GX-1L

Samsung GX-1L front

Samsung GX-1L overview

Samsung GX-1L is Samsung's Advanced DSLR camera initially revealed on February of 2006. The camera comes with a 6MP, CCD APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 3008 x 2008.

The GX-1L ranks at #76 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & all-around #680 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can check our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your personal requirements.

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The following is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung GX-1L family

The Samsung GX-1L has a history of related cameras. Below, you can find all older and latest models as well as main specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Samsung-GX-20 front thumbnailSamsung GX-20
GX-1L vs GX-20
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Samsung-GX-10 front thumbnailSamsung GX-10
GX-1L vs GX-10
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Photography Glossary
Samsung-GX-1L front thumbnailSamsung GX-1L6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Samsung-GX-1S front thumbnailSamsung GX-1S
GX-1L vs GX-1S
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006

Samsung GX-1L Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Samsung GX-1L based on things that are often seen as necessary in a camera.

builtin Top LCD display
exports RAW formats
flash built-in
has phase detect AF
lighter than competition (570g)
manual focus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
switch lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
can't shoot video
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
does not have external mic port
does not have HDMI port
does not have headphone port
does not have Time Lapse function
lack of image stabilization
no articulating screen
no liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
screen has low resolution (210 thousand dot)
screen is somewhat small (2.5")
sensor resolution low (6 megapixels)
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Samsung GX-1L Sensor information

The dimension of the sensor on the Samsung GX-1L is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor can resolve 3008 x 2008 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor has 6 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 200 to 3200. RAW files are supported so the user has more margin for error.

The image below illustrates the GX-1L's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The GX-1L sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is outlined in green.

Samsung GX-1L sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung GX-1L dimensions

Samsung GX-1L is 1.26 lbs (570 gr / 20.11 oz) & has outer proportions of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6"). The weight of general Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr and the Samsung GX-1L is lighter as compared to its rivals.

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The following is a photo of the Samsung GX-1L beside a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its size.

Samsung GX-1L dimensions scale

The top view directly below will illustrate the button arrangement on the GX-1L.

Samsung GX-1L topview buttons dials

Samsung GX-1L Lens information

The GX-1L uses the Pentax KAF mount and has 101 lenses that you can buy. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the GX-1L.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-70-300mm-F4-5.6-DG-Macro-Pentax-KAF lensSigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro70-300mmf/4.0-5.6 550g
Tamron-AF-28-300mm-F3.5-6.3-XR-Di-LD-Aspherical-IF-Macro-Pentax-KAF lensTamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro28-300mmf/3.5-6.3 420g
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Pentax-smc-DA-18-250mm-F3.5-6.3 lensPentax smc DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.318-250mmf/3.5-6.3 455g
HD-Pentax-FA-35mm-F2-AL lensHD Pentax-FA 35mm F2 AL35mmf/2193g
Lensbaby-Burnside-35-Pentax-KAF lensLensbaby Burnside 3535mmf/2.8374g
HD-Pentax-FA-31mm-F1.8-Limited lensHD Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited31mmf/1.8341g
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HD-Pentax-DA-15mm-F4-ED-AL-Limited lensHD Pentax DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited15mmf/4.0 189g
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Samsung GX-1L Connectivity

The GX-1L has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to transfer photos and usually adjust settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Some apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Samsung GX-1L Video information

Samsung GX-1L does not take video. If you are searching for a camera to shoot just photos, it is not a problem.

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Samsung GX-1L Weather Sealing

Samsung GX-1L doesn't have weather sealing so rainy conditions might affect the camera.

Samsung GX-1L Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung GX-1L comes with a 2.5 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 210 thousand dots.

Please note that the screen has no touch support. The GX-1L also includes a Top LCD display so that you can quickly look at the camera's settings.

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The ViewFinder specs for Samsung GX-1L are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 96%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.57x

Viewfinders are very useful during bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Samsung GX-1L Shutter information

Samsung GX-1L continuous shooting speed is 3.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Samsung GX-1L Flash and Hot shoe information

Samsung GX-1L features both inbuilt flash along with external flash ability. The max flash sync speed is 1/180s.

Samsung GX-1L Autofocusing information

Samsung GX-1L features both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & exact as compared to Contrast Based focusing.

The AF system comes with 5 focus points to select from. Samsung GX-1L can use manual focusing when required during low light or you need more precise focusing control.

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Samsung GX-1L Battery life

The typical Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 comes with the highest (2260) battery life within this type of cameras.

Below is a list of Advanced DSLR cameras having the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
GX-1L vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
GX-1L vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes

Samsung GX-1L for various kinds of photography

The following diagram indicates a overview of the Samsung GX-1L for various kinds of photography. To understand more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Samsung GX-1L as a Portrait photography camera

The Samsung GX-1L receives a points total of 51 which is moderate, and means the camera is relatively suited for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files and flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.

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focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
doesn't have liveview
low MP (6MP)

Samsung GX-1L Street photography factors

Having a average rating of 60, the Samsung GX-1L is reasonably adequate for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than others (570 grams)
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization

Samsung GX-1L Sports photography factors

A dreadful sports photography score of 39 means the Samsung GX-1L is just not very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have fantastic tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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sensor size is good (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
no liveview feature
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (6MP)

Samsung GX-1L Travel photography highlights

Portability is pretty critical when getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Samsung GX-1L gets a decent 52 as a travelling camera which is relatively appropriate to purchase for your journeys.

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lighter than competition (570g)
has built in flash
no Timelapse mode
low megapixels (6 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen

Landscape photography with Samsung GX-1L

For anybody who is planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor will be image quality. The Samsung GX-1L with it's reasonable grade of 47 for a landscape camera is fairly acceptable within the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
small screen (2.5")
no liveview feature
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (6MP)
missing Time Lapse function

Samsung GX-1L as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera really should posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the Samsung GX-1L is just not very good as a vlog camera as it delivers a dreadful score of 9.

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Samsung GX-1L Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the GX-1L, below is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall within the category of Advanced DSLR.

The chart down below offers you an overview of the GX-1L vs it's top scored competitors suggested previously.

Following are additional cameras you may consider as alternative options. To read through a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Samsung GX-1L
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
6 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
3008 x 2008
RAW support
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
Lens support
Pentax KAF
Amount of lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Resolution of display
210 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
7.50 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync
1/180 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Highest video resolution
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
570 grams (1.26 lbs)
Physical dimensions
125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6")
Battery ID
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SD/MMC card
Storage slots
Pricing at launch