From: Sam on
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: Paul Mitchum on
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?

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From: Sam on

"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.


From: Paul Mitchum on
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.

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

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From: timeOday on
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.