From: Sam on

"timeOday" <timeOday-UNSPAM(a)theknack.net> wrote in message
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>I didn't even know Samsung made digital cameras. Samsung has really been
>on the rise over the last few years, I think they're the next Sony.


They've made point & shoot models for a number of years but their DSLR's
have, so far, been confined to re-badged Pentax models - *ist DS, *ist DL.

The GX10 is 99% Pentax K10D, but has a very slightly different body shape
and Samsung's own firmware (which, presumably, is where the IQ improvements
come from)

Actually, the K10D would probably never have existed at all had it not been
for Samsung's research and development money which became available to
Pentax after their collaboration announcement a couple of years ago. I know
that many Pentax owners are a bit sniffy about Samsung - perceiving them to
be 'not a real camera company' - but it's likely that in the long run
Samsung will be a dominant force in DSLR's, and will probably be standing
long after Pentax has vanished except in name only.

Samsung have recently developed their own CMOS chip, which is likely to
appear in their next DSLR offering, which will be an in-house Samsung design
(probably still keeping the K-mount, though.

Phew, that's enough banging the drum for the Koreans ;), all I really know
for sure is that the GX-10 is better than the K10D I previously owned, and
gives some *very* nice images for a relatively modest outlay. That'll do me
;)


From: Sam on

"Paul Mitchum" <usenet(a)mile23.c0m> wrote in message
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> Sam <not(a)thisaddress.net> wrote:
>
>> "Paul Mitchum" <usenet(a)mile23.c0m> wrote in message
>> news:1hxjpqn.etn724pqlb2lN%usenet(a)mile23.c0m...
>> > Sam <not(a)thisaddress.net> wrote:
>> >
>> >> Just in case anyone was wondering whether the Samsung GX-10 (K10D
>> >> clone)
>> >> is
>> >> as good as the Pentax version, wonder no more - it's better.
>> > [..]
>> >
>> > Does it have the firmware to control the SDM autofocus in the new DA*
>> > lenses?<<
>>
>>
>> I don't know - I've put Samsung firmware 1.2 on it today, which gives all
>> the current Pentax features, wireless flash, etc.
>>
>> Samsung state that 'weather sealed lenses' are due 'in the first quarter
>> of
>> 2007' - so that obviously means the new DA*'s, which in turn obviously
>> means
>> that it's almost certain that the firmware will support in-lens drive.
>
> Well, no it doesn't mean that at all. The DA* lenses can also use the
> in-camera motor, and I can imagine Pentax wanting their brand to have
> the super-cool feature set that Samsung/Schneider doesn't. It'd be nice
> to know for sure, but I can't even find the cameras on Samsung's
> website.<


Maybe, but I doubt if Samsung will lose that advantage, given their
expressed corporate intention to become a major player in the DSLR market.

In fact, it's possible that the 'in lens motor' concept was a Samsung
requirement at the planning stage of the K10D - GX10 - it was, after all,
Samsung's cash that made it possible, and they might well have insisted upon
a more up to date drive system, while Pentax wanted to keep the body drive
for legacy reasons. If that's the case, there is no way they will not
allow their own GX-10 to support the new lenses



>
> By the way, the DA* ship date has been moved to August (ask me how I
> know).<<


OK - how do you know ;)


From: Pete D on
LOL.

"Sam" <not(a)thisaddress.net> wrote in message
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> Just in case anyone was wondering whether the Samsung GX-10 (K10D clone)
> is as good as the Pentax version, wonder no more - it's better.
>
> Having owned both cameras I can state that the Samsung JPG algorithm
> produces noticeably sharper (yet also smoother) results.
>
> The infamous banding issue of under-exposed images is also reduced - to
> the point where RAW files (DNG only on the GX-10) opened in Lightroom
> eliminate the phenomenon completely when compared to the same image opened
> in Silkypix (Adobe obviously likes its own format)
>
> The menu system is also much improved over the Pentax version - much more
> modern and aesthetically pleasing. Build quality is exactly the same -
> but the Samsung comes with a 2 year warranty in the UK, and costs only
> �600 for the 2 lens kit.
>
> On the subject of the supplied lenses - I had planned to sell both lenses
> immediately on ebay (18-55 & 50-200) but they are so sharp and generally
> pleasing that I see no need to splash out on anything better at the
> moment. I have some considerable experience of various Pentax glass,
> including the 18-55, 50-200, and a couple of the Limiteds (as well as many
> others) so I know what constitutes a good example. There is no reason why
> the Samsung brand lenses would be better than the Pentax version - so it
> appears that (for once in my life) I got lucky and landed two samples at
> the better end of the tolerance range.
>
> All in all I'm a happier camper than I've been for a couple of years
> trying cameras from Pentax Nikon and Fuji, now that Samsung have released
> a battery grip to fit the slightly deeper grip profile of the GX-10 I see
> no reason for buying the Pentax product.
>
> So, if you're debating the merits of the two cameras - buy the Samsung
> with confidence - I doubt that you'll be disappointed.
>
> Regards
>


From: Sam on

"Pete D" <no(a)email.com> wrote in message
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> LOL.<

....and the joke is?....


From: Pete D on

"Sam" <not(a)thisaddress.net> wrote in message
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>
> "Paul Mitchum" <usenet(a)mile23.c0m> wrote in message
> news:1hxjs37.jed9g11fe8k00N%usenet(a)mile23.c0m...
>> Sam <not(a)thisaddress.net> wrote:
>>
>>> "Paul Mitchum" <usenet(a)mile23.c0m> wrote in message
>>> news:1hxjpqn.etn724pqlb2lN%usenet(a)mile23.c0m...
>>> > Sam <not(a)thisaddress.net> wrote:
>>> >
>>> >> Just in case anyone was wondering whether the Samsung GX-10 (K10D
>>> >> clone)
>>> >> is
>>> >> as good as the Pentax version, wonder no more - it's better.
>>> > [..]
>>> >
>>> > Does it have the firmware to control the SDM autofocus in the new DA*
>>> > lenses?<<

Possibly but no way to confirm yet unless you have one of the new lenses.
1.2 allows compatibility with Remote Assistant 3 on the Pentax cameras,
great tool for tethered shooting.


>>> I don't know - I've put Samsung firmware 1.2 on it today, which gives
>>> all
>>> the current Pentax features, wireless flash, etc.

Wireless flash has been available since 1.10, what Samsung flashes are you
using?


>>> Samsung state that 'weather sealed lenses' are due 'in the first quarter
>>> of
>>> 2007' - so that obviously means the new DA*'s, which in turn obviously
>>> means
>>> that it's almost certain that the firmware will support in-lens drive.
>>
>> Well, no it doesn't mean that at all. The DA* lenses can also use the
>> in-camera motor, and I can imagine Pentax wanting their brand to have
>> the super-cool feature set that Samsung/Schneider doesn't. It'd be nice
>> to know for sure, but I can't even find the cameras on Samsung's
>> website.<
>
>
> Maybe, but I doubt if Samsung will lose that advantage, given their
> expressed corporate intention to become a major player in the DSLR market.
>
> In fact, it's possible that the 'in lens motor' concept was a Samsung
> requirement at the planning stage of the K10D - GX10 - it was, after all,

Rubbish, this is market driven because the big players have in lens motors.

> Samsung's cash that made it possible, and they might well have insisted
> upon a more up to date drive system, while Pentax wanted to keep the body
> drive for legacy reasons. If that's the case, there is no way they will
> not allow their own GX-10 to support the new lenses
>
>
>
>>
>> By the way, the DA* ship date has been moved to August (ask me how I
>> know).<<
>
>
> OK - how do you know ;)
>


Everyone has known for weeks.