Samsung GX-10 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Schneider D-XENON Lens

  • 10.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • 2.5-inch LCD display; in-camera dust-reduction system and image stabilization
  • Compatible with all Pentax KAF2, KAF, and KA mount lenses; kit includes Schneider D-Xenon 18-55mm lens
  • Weather-resistant body protects camera from water, sand, or other potentially harmful materials
  • Stores images on SD memory cards; powered by a rechargeable SLB-1674 lithium-ion battery

First of all. People buying DSLR cameras expect to be a Photographer or take Great Pictures.

If you want to be a Photographer it will be way expensive since all Samsung/Pentax lenses are expensive and rare.

For example. A Canon 50mm 1.8 is US90, and Pentax 1.7 is like US200.

If you want to borrow a lens from Anyone. Will be impossible since I’ve never seen anyone using Pentax, or less Samsung.

Thats why most new to dslr companies fail. The legacy is Important.

Nikon and Canon have an old Legacy of Old lenses Compatible with new Bodies.

SAMSUNG NOR PENTAX Makes Professional Lenses or Cameras(NO Full frame cameras) means that if you buy lens from them you wont be able to use it in Full frame cameras.

Canon/Nikon is the way to go.

I love this thing. Fantastic camera. Takes really great images, but…..

Try finding a Samsung dealer to buy accessories! While you can use Pentax accessories, being that the camera itself is made by Pentax, and in some cases is better then the Pentax itself (operating system for example. The Samsung is different, and actually better then the Pentax)

Samsung replacement batteries for this camera? Unless you want to use a aftermarket battery, expect to pay no less then $100.00 after shipping and handling.

Samsung Battery Grip? Go on-line and read the horror stories of trying to find one–even in Europe!

Samsung-Schneider lenses? From what I can tell, made to order, if your lucky to find one, they are almost twice the cost of a comparable Tamron lens–I think, because no one knows what the actual quality of the lenses are other then the 18-55mm that comes with it. But its a pretty decent lens.

Yes, you can find SOME items on the internet for purchase, but these items are few and far between and even hard for the people hawking them to get. Samsung two DSLR models are not even carried or represented by any store in California. (I bought my from a very good store who sold me on Samsung in Lakewood, Washington, which ironically no longer carries the Samsung DSLR models. Go figure! They like the product, but don’t like dealing with the representation of the company)

Samsung needs to make up there mind whether they want to be in the DSLR market or not–and distribute these cameras via walk in consumer who want to make their purchase of such an item on sight, not unseen. While having the three-year warranty that came with the camera–one of the main selling features for me, well, I’m wondering how they would be about backing it, let alone if its worth anything.

Get with it Samsung! Your marketing and sales department is destroying your reputation! I love your camera, but honestly, if I had to do it over, I would be buying the Nikon.This is a great camera. I’ve been a photographer for over 40 years. I’m taking better pictures than ever before since getting it about a month ago. I have only scratched the surface of the creative control it offers. It is big and heavy enough and has a really solid feeling build.

Battery life is great it took me more than couple of weeks to shoot enough images to need to replace the battery with a fresh one. I instinctively bought three batteries. I like keeping spares on hand for any camera. If you’re budget conscious you might consider recharging between shoots with only one battery pack and just keeping the thing topped up. It has plenty of capacity. I found I can remove and replace the SD chip or the battery even without removing the quick mounting plate for my tripod from the bottom of the GX10 body.

At the time of purchase, the fact that this camera is such a great value for money made me worry about quality. That worry was misplaced. It’s a great deal and a great camera.

The Kit

Nothing has been disappointing so far, other than the 18-55mm kit lens. It simply is not good enough. I just tried it, printed some proofs and put it back in the box. It sits on the shelf waiting for me to choose it if I decide to take pictures at a riot or during a volcanic eruption. If you actually need this level of quality in a DSLR camera, I suggest you choose a different lens.

The great GX10 body is compatible with pretty much everything in the Pentax K mount family, and so you simply need to buy any of many of the very good to excellent lenses in that huge list. The Anti-shake is in the camera so all of them will have the advantage of that. You need not go to the very top of the Pentax line to assemble a really useable set up. I settled on the F1.4 Pentax 50mm which is a very good, ultra fast, and very inexpensive portrait lens priced way below it’s value. I added the Pentax 18-250 and the Sigma 12-24 zooms. I shoot a lot of buildings and interiors and the 12-24 gets a lot of use. These are probably not the absolute ultimate for optical quality on the Pentax and compatible w/ K mount lists, but they are more than good enough. I am printing great images and I’m not even thinking about upgrading anything.

If you’re on a budget and need an all-around does everything pretty well one lens setup, get the Pentax 18-250 zoom. It might be a long long time before you need anything else. Pay attention to the manual and learn to use the software controls on the camera. You have a lot of camera control over sharpness, color and contrast to creatively augment and moderate the products of the lens optics and their excellent coatings.

The Body Controls and Software

The controls are logically arranged and comfortable to use. the Software is well documented and settings are made accessible with well placed push button rocker switch and scroll wheel controls that activate logical menu groups. You really can adjust things on the fly while shooting. You need only a few seconds. Changing white balance to fix the color balance to suit the weather or indoor lighting is a very quick fix. Touch the Fn button and a couple of clicks of your thumb. You can switch to effective WB presets for sun ,clouds, cloudy, shade,three variations for flourescents and incandescent plus a few more. It takes much longer for me to type it here than it takes to use it even the first time. Switching shooting modes to fix aperture or speed controlling dept of field or motion blur is also very quick and easy.

As you learn and internalize the controls you just get speedier and able to use more and more of the feature set. I really like using this Camera more and more as time passes.

The RAW feature is easy to use, even one picture at a time. Use it. The GX10’s RAW feature offers an important window of added potential that will allow you to make the very best images this camera is capable of.

I would buy the GX-10 again, without the 18-55 lens, with no hesitation. We purchased this camera as an upgrade for our aged Minolta Dimage 500. The Minolta takes great pictures, but is rather limited as far as creativity and doesn’t do well with landscapes. Living in Colorado, my wife and I take a lot of landscape pics and wanted something to accurately capture the beauty we see.

As with most things, I did a lot of research on DSLR’s before we made this purchase. I looked at professional and consumer reviews for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony/Minolta and Pentax/Samsung. I was surprised to find the big names didn’t do so well in the mid-range catagory (D40, XTi, A100). From everything I read, you would need to move up to the high end models of the big boys (at over $1000) to come close to the quality of the Pentax/Samsung. So, loaded with what I believed to be good information, we purchased the Samsung over all of the competition because it had the features and reported image quality we were looking for. At the time, the Samsung had a lower price than the Pentax version, so we went with it.

WOW!……It’s been over 20 years since I used an SLR, so I’m relearning everything as I go, but I must say I’m just blown away by this camera. Straight out of the box, our Minolta will take better pics, but that can be said of just about every SLR on the market. These are not point & shoot cameras even though they do have auto functions. If you want the superior images, you’re going to have to work a bit at it. However, if you take the time to learn and apply the proper techniques, you’ll be amazed at what you can create.

The Samsung offers seemingly infinite possibilities. I’m having fun just shooting objects over and over again at different settings to learn it’s capabilities (one of the great things about digital photography, no wasted film). I’ve taken it to the mountains to test my new skills and have come away with enlargeable and frameable images like I’ve never taken before. I’ve also tried to create situations that others have voiced issues with when using the competition, but have not found any situation that can’t be captured beautifully with the right settings.

Compared to a P&S, this camera is an extreme amount of work, it’s heavy and a lot more expensive…..I just wish I’d bought it sooner. I’ll never go back to a P&S again after experiencing the quality of the Samsung (Pentax). Samsung GX-10 is an excellent DSLR (if not one of the best)on the market, technologically and value-wise. Based on Pentax technology, this modfied DSLR is full of technical options only available in higher-priced cameras. The solid (sealed construction) feel of the camera should be an added asset. I recommend this camera to anyone, including serious photographers.

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Samsung GX-20 14.6MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

  • Advanced digital SLR camera with 14.6-Megapixel image CMOS Sensor, up to 46723104 stills resolution – We recommend purchasing an optional 4GB SD Memory Card for practical usage
  • Lens Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount
  • Usable Lens – Schneider D-XENON, D-XENOGON, and SAMSUNG lens and the full range of Pentax, KAF2, KAF and KA mount lenses.
  • Viewfinder Type – Pentaprism, Natural-Bright-Matte II Focusing Screen
  • Field of View – 95%

All I can say, is that if I could give this camera 10 stars, I would!!! I love the clarity of the pictures and find the camera easy to use. This is the third Samsung camera that I have purchased, and I’m sure I’ll continue to purchase from the company in the future.I have used The Samsung GX20 for over half a year now and I have nothing bad to say about it. The manual is well organized and written to be used. The camera itself is a very sturdy and handy beast with all it’s controls in the right places. The anti-shake works phenomenally well. This Samsung GX20 consistently produces very pleasing images with nothing but the kit lens, my old eyes and average skills.

The kit lens that comes with the GX20, the Samsung 18-55mm zoom, is a fine zoom lens, I used to think about eventually buying a Pentax 35mm or 31mm prime to add more flexibility in focal lengths for the same prime lens work that my f1.4 50mm pentax prime occasionally gets, but I find the 18-55mm Samsung Zoom lens is doing that work so well that I very seldom use the 50mm, and I never feel compelled to actually part with the money that it would take to add either of those two primes to the outfit.

I also carry a pentax 18-250mm zoom lens that was the workhorse of my GX10 outfit. It has a bad habit of extending full length under the influence of gravity, but is otherwise good enough to be a one lens for everything solution. It is not as exceptional in image quality as the 18-55mm Samsung zoom, but it is still very surprising for a zoom of that range, and it is more flexible on a walkabout. If you are going out with only one lens, you will be torn between them. The Sigma 12-24 widens my view field enough for architectural image making, which I do often. It has very little spherical distortion for a lens this wide and consistently produces images that require little or no post processing. I also carry a Pentax f1.4 50mm prime and 100mm macro. Both are excellent lenses on either camera for low light, and high quality image making, and they excel for both portrait and macro work.

I also bought the Samsung GX10 and loved it. I still have it. I like Samsung’s controls design better than the Pentax version of both of these cameras, and I never saw the point of yet another proprietary RAW format. Samsung’s use of the Adobe RAW format just saves me a step after the shoot.

When the GX20 came out, I responded to the lure of the new CMOS sensor and half again more image size. I find the the image quality and color rendition very very good with both cameras, but I know which camera to use if I want ultimate quality. Both the Samsung GX10 and GX20 cameras were very easy for me to get comfortable with in only a day or two. After half a year with the GX20 now, I am much more adept at using the controls instinctively, and the images just keep getting better. I can tell it will take years for me to really tap all the potential of these tools.

Price: $1,499.95   Buy This Camera