Samsung are showing their new 14.6 megapixel Digital SLR at Focus on Imaging 2008 – the Samsung GX20 was announced on the 24th January 2008 and is based on the Pentax K20D – with Samsung’s own 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor – the GX20 features live view, dust reduction, a weather and dust proof body, anti-shake sensor, 11-point AF, and ISO upto 6400. The camera will be available next month from £599 body only or £699 with kit lens, and Samsung will most likely give a £100 cashback offer. Update: The GX20 is available for £789 body only, £950 with kit lens, or £999 with twin lens kit.
“A 14.6 Mega pixel CMOS image sensor, which is developed by Samsung and Pentax together and manufactured by Samsung, is used for the first time in the GX-20. The effective pixels of the 14.6 Mega pixel CMOS image sensor in the APS-C size (23.4mm×15.5mm) produces excellent images with better clarity, and greater enjoyment when shooting.”
Shown with the additional battery grip.
Shown with the Samsung 18-55mm kit lens, the camera is compatible with all Pentax lenses.
The top features an LCD screen, and by switching the On/off button past the ON button, you activate the live view mode. Photos can be taken, but there is a delay due to focusing etc.
The back of the camera in playback mode.
The playback view, showing photo information, this was shot at ISO6400, and surprisingly noise wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.
The playback mode has an edit feature, one of them is HDR – High Dynamic Range – this intends to increase the dynamic range “by expanding the expression range of bright and dark areas.” however it isn’t intended as a replacement for real HDR photography!
The photo menu showing some of the options. Image modes are JPEG, RAW, or RAW+ which takes both RAW and JPEG. When the camera is left in JPEG mode, you can quickly take one RAW photo by pressing the RAW button on the side (this can be seen in the first photo) – a handy feature that means you don’t have to go into the menu to switch to RAW mode.