Samsung GX-10 review: Samsung GX-10

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Image quality: 8.0
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The Good Excellent photo quality; well-designed and solidly built body; premium features for its price class; nice kit lens.

The Bad Occasional autofocus hunting; Optical Picture Stabilization only buys you about a stop.

The Bottom Line Despite a great feature set for the price, pro-level customization, and excellent photo quality, we can't think of a single reason to buy the Samsung GX-10 over its Pentax-made twin, the K10D.

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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."

A comparison between the Pentax K10D and Samsung GX-10
For a comparison of the Pentax K10D and the Samsung GX-10, click here.

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Samsung GX-10 (with 15mm-55mm lens)

Part Number: DIGIMAXGX10 Released: Sep 21, 2006
MSRP: $799.95 Low Price: $799.00 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Sep 21, 2006
  • Digital camera type SLR
  • Optical Zoom 3 x
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Sensor Resolution 10.2 Megapixel
  • Image Stabilizer optical (image sensor shift mechanism)
  • Optical Sensor Size 15.7 x 23.5mm