Samsung GX-1S

Samsung GX-1S front

Samsung GX-1S summary

Samsung GX-1S is Samsung's Advanced DSLR digital camera originally announced on January of 2006. It comes with a 6 MegaPixel, CCD APS-C sized sensor and has a max resolution of 3008 x 2008.

The GX-1S is placed #79 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and over all #687 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. You should look at our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your customized factors.

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Below is a graph of different factors used in the rating system.

Samsung GX-1S history

The Samsung GX-1S is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Samsung-GX-20 front thumbnailSamsung GX-20
GX-1S vs GX-20
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Samsung-GX-10 front thumbnailSamsung GX-10
GX-1S vs GX-10
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
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Samsung-GX-1L front thumbnailSamsung GX-1L
GX-1S vs GX-1L
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Samsung-GX-1S front thumbnailSamsung GX-1S6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006

Samsung GX-1S Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pros and cons of the Samsung GX-1S based on features that are typically considered crucial in a digital camera.

builtin Top LCD screen
flash built-in
lighter than competition in class (605g)
manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports phase detect auto focus
supports RAW formats
swap lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
can't shoot video
doesn't have liveview
does not offer selfie friendly screen
fixed screen
low resolution screen (210 thousand dots)
max frames per second very slow (3.0 fps)
missing HDMI out
missing headphone support
missing microphone support
missing Timelapse mode
no image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (6MP)
small screen (2.5")
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Samsung GX-1S Sensor info

The dimension of the sensor in the Samsung GX-1S is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 3008 x 2008 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor boasts 6MP and gives a standard ISO range of 200 - 3200. RAW photos are saved therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture below shows the GX-1S's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The GX-1S sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is highlighted in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung GX-1S dimensions

Samsung GX-1S weighs in at 1.33 lbs (605 grams / 21.34 ounces) and features outer size of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6"). The weight of typical Advanced DSLR camera is 776 grams so the Samsung GX-1S is less heavy when compared with other competitors.

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Below is a visual of the Samsung GX-1S alongside a softdrink to help you have a sense of its scale.

Samsung GX-1S dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button arrangement on the GX-1S.

Samsung GX-1S topview buttons dials

Samsung GX-1S Lens info

The GX-1S works with the Pentax KAF mount and has 101 lenses to select from. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the GX-1S.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Hartblei-Superrotator-Macro-120mm-F4-TS-Pentax-KAF lensHartblei Superrotator Macro 120mm F4 TS121mmf/4.0 965g
Sigma-28mm-F1.8-EX-DG-Aspherical-Macro-Pentax-KAF lensSigma 28mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro28mmf/1.8 500g
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Pentax-smc-DA-35mm-F2.8-Macro-Limited lensPentax smc DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited35mmf/2.8 215g
Rokinon-14mm-f2.8-IF-ED-MC-Pentax-KAF lensRokinon 14mm f2.8 IF ED MC14mmf/2.8 552g
Tamron-AF-18-200mm-F3.5-6.3-XR-Di-II-LD-Aspherical-IF-Macro-Pentax-KAF lensTamron AF 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro18-200mmf/3.5-6.3 398g
Rokinon-8mm-f3.5-Aspherical-Fisheye-Pentax-KAF lensRokinon 8mm f3.5 Aspherical Fisheye8mmf/3.5 443g
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Carl-Zeiss-Makro-Planar-T2-50-Pentax-KAF lensCarl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 25050mmf/2.0 530g
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Samsung GX-1S Connectivity

The GX-1S has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras with NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy files and in some cases alter camera settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Some applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Samsung GX-1S Video info

Samsung GX-1S does not record video. In case you are wanting a digital camera to take only pictures, this might not be an issue.

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Samsung GX-1S Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing in the Samsung GX-1S so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.

Samsung GX-1S Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung GX-1S comes with a 2.5 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 210 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen. The GX-1S also has a Top LCD screen so you're able to instantly see camera settings.

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The View Finder specs regarding Samsung GX-1S are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • Coverage 95%
  • Magnification 0.64x

Viewfinders can be rather helpful during bright outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Samsung GX-1S Shutter info

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

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Samsung GX-1S Flash and Hot shoe info

Samsung GX-1S includes both built in flash plus external flash support. The highest flash sync speed is 1/180 seconds.

Samsung GX-1S Autofocus info

Samsung GX-1S includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & accurate when compared with Contrast Based focusing.

The Sensor comes with 11 focus points to choose from. Samsung GX-1S supports manual focusing if needed during low light conditions or you want more accurate focusing control.

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Samsung GX-1S Battery life

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

Listed below is a number of Advanced DSLR cameras that come with the best battery life:

Samsung GX-1S for different types of photography

The following diagram shows a summary of the Samsung GX-1S for different types of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section below.

Samsung GX-1S Portrait photography details

The Samsung GX-1S receives a rating of 51 which is reasonable, and means the camera is relatively acceptable to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files plus the capability to use off-camera lighting.

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focusing manually
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
low megapixels (6MP)

Samsung GX-1S Street photography features

Having a decent rating of 60, the Samsung GX-1S is reasonably suited for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
lighter than competition (605 grams)
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization

Sports photography with Samsung GX-1S

A bad sports photography rating of 39 means the Samsung GX-1S is not really very good for shooting sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with phase detect AF
doesn't have liveview
slow fps (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (6MP)

Samsung GX-1S Travel photography details

Size is pretty crucial in picking a camera for travel. Overall, the Samsung GX-1S gets a average 52 for a travel camera which makes it relatively appropriate to take with you on your trips.

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lighter than competition (605 grams)
built-in flash
no Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display

Samsung GX-1S Landscape photography info

For anybody looking to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Samsung GX-1S and it's modest score of 47 for a landscape camera is fairly adequate in the current market.

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has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.5")
does not have liveview
no image stabilization
low resolution (6 megapixels)
missing Time Lapse mode

Samsung GX-1S Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a articulating display, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Samsung GX-1S is not really very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a bad score of 9.

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can't shoot video

Samsung GX-1S Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the GX-1S, here is a list of the top rated cameras which fall under the category of Advanced DSLR.

The chart down below shows you an overview of the GX-1S compared to it's top ranked competitors mentioned earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you might regard as alternative options. To see a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Samsung GX-1S
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
6 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Peak resolution
3008 x 2008
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Pentax KAF
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
210 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/180 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Highest video resolution
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
605 gr (1.33 pounds)
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 type
SD/MMC card
Card slots
Pricing at release