Though not nearly as identical to the Pentax K10D as earlier models were to their Pentax twins, the Samsung GX-10 is similar enough to consider the same for review purposes. On the upside, that means this 10-megapixel digital SLR turns out to be a very good camera for its price: a feature-packed, well-designed and capable shooter.
Most of the variations between the two models are cosmetic, right down to the slight differences in grip on the otherwise identical 15mm-55mm kit lenses. Generally, all the controls on the K10D--labels, menu text, and buttons--are larger and easier to read or manipulate. Aspects of the GX-10's menu system show a little more thought. For instance, on the custom settings choices, the Pentax displays a "1" to show that the default is selected for a given option; the Samsung tells you the current value of the selection. In other words, if you've selected the RGB color space, the K10D displays a "1" while the GX-10 indicates "RGB."