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I owned this camera around 3-4 years ago. It's essentially a clone of the pentax k10d but trust me, that's nothing but a good thing. It's got amazing weather proof sealing for if you're ever using the camera and it gets the odd splash or it's very dusty (who knows when you're out taking photos)... It was made quite a while ago so there's no movie mode but this camera can be picked up fairly cheap from amazon now and if you're after a solid performing camera, I'm sure video capabilities won't bother you too much.
Image quality is excellent even on auto settings but if you know what you're doing or are in the process of learning photography, you can do alot in manual with this camera to create some truly beautiful pictures. Just search gx 10 on flickr to see what I mean! The kit lens that comes with is fairly standard, nothing amazing but it takes pentax lenses, so if you do a bit of hunting around on amazon and ebay, I'm sure you'd be able to pick up some good quality primes to use.
All in all, if you can find this camera within the sub £300 range in good nick, grab it.. It's still better than alot of these entry level dSLRs that are knocking around online now and this is pretty old now!
I own this camera and I think it is good value for money.
In essense it is a rebranded Pentax K10D, which is a highly rated camera by the critics, but a good bit cheaper. I purchased this camera with 2 kit lenses, the 18-55mm and the 50-200mm lenses, which is a good set as it allows you to take a wide range of photographs. As they are kit lenses, they are just OK, I would recommend buying better lenses. I recommend buying UV filters for your lenses, these are reasonably cheap and they prevent your lenses getting scratched, which can prove expensive!
Pentax lenses will fit this camera and there is a good selection of this, and the independent lens manufacturers (Tamron etc) make lenses to fit this camera. Just make sure you select the Pentax/Samsung fit!
The camera has some cool features, multi shooting, RAW Mode. The camera will take up to 10MP shots so this will allow to to blow your images up to A3 with no loss of detail. This is an entry level camera to the semi pro level of photography, it lacks the features of Professional cameras, such as the Canon 5D, but this is reflected in the price! It is excellent value for money.
Picture quality is excellent. The camera ships with software, but I found this to be less useful than using Photoshop, but if you cant afford Photoshop then this is a good alternative. There are USB leads and leads to connect to your TV etc so you can blow your pics up on the big screen! The camera doesnt come with a Memory Card, I would buy a fairly big one as images are generally over 1MB in size. I would also reccomend buying an extra battery as you always go dead at the worst possible time!
The camera also has a point and shoot mode, for those not that confident in adjusting the manual settings. You can go fully manual or semi automatic, there are a plethora of options available. The manual covers all of these, which is comprehensive, yet easy to understand.
It is not a light camera, it weighs about 1kg with lenses attached, so bear that in mind if you are going on a long shooting session. It does not come with a carrybag, so I would recommend you buy a Lowepro Bag to carry the camera and your lenses in. The camera is sealed so that its very water resistant. Its quite bulky and I like this as its sturdy and easy to hold. The screen is large and easy to view. There is no video mode on this camera, its a pure camera, not a jack of all trades!
It is an intuitive piece of kit to use. I am an amateur photographer, it will be useful for most situations and comes at a great price! It now has a bigger brother, the GX20 but this is still a great piece of kit
This is the first digital SLR camera I have owned and got it December 2007.
I chose this over the Pentax K-10D as it had really good reviews and even though they are basically the same camera this one was a lot cheaper especially as it came to two lens.
This is a solid built camera and is very easy to use. The menus are easy to access and changing the settings i.e. aperture can be done without having to take your eye off the view finder.
Even though there are not many Samsung accessories i.e. lens and flashes, the accessories for the Pentax can be used. I have not tried this yet as the kit I received came with two lens, which is more than enough for what I need.
As an amateur photographer I am very pleased with this and would recommended it to anyone who is looking for a great priced digital SLR.