The operation of the Samsung GX-1S digital SLR camera is as simple and straightforward as the concept itself. Getting started with the Samsung GX-1S should present no problems or confusion whatsoever, even without having read the user manual. The only button that may perhaps require a little explaining is the Fn button. However, after having pressed it, all will simply be as clear as daylight. The Samsung 1S camera features a pleasantly fast start-up time; it needs less than a second to capture a shot. After the actual starting-up, the screen on the back side of the camera displays extensive information on the exposure mode at that time. In fact, this information is also shown when changing programmes. A handy feature, particularly for the less experienced photographer. We should point out that this information can also be switched off via the menu. The most important functions can be accessed directly on the camera itself. Additional information will appear on the monitor whenever possible. The menu can be set in a wide variety of languages, which greatly increases the chance prospective users will be able to operate the camera in their own, favorite language.
Samsung GX-1S DSLR - Buttons
The buttons on the Samsung GX-1S feature a good pressure point, which ensures they are unlikely to be changed by accident. They have been logically positioned; you do not need to move your right hand in order to access most functions. The shutter release button also proves to react well, and features a proper pressure point and a short shutter release lag, just as I like it. If you capture photos with your right eye, you will find your nose fits perfectly alongside the body, which means grimy smudges on the screen are a thing of the past. It should be said, however, that the monitor does not come with any kind of protective cover. Then again, we all know these things have a way of getting lost in any case.
Samsung GX-1S - Focussing & ISO
The somewhat small viewfinder shows more than sufficient information. In fact, not only if the focus is correct and which aperture and shutter speed are being used (any personally selected value will be underlined), but also if a continuous focus has been selected, or if the ISO value has been chosen higher than a pre-set value. A handy feature to prevent working too long with a, for example, ISO value that is too high. After all, the higher the ISO value, the higher the risk of annoying noise.
Samsung GX-1S - Focus points
The eleven focus points ensure the Samsung GX-1S DSLR is well endowed. The points are nicely spread across the view. This means you will not need to tilt the camera quite as often. Unfortunately, the auto focus engine isn't all that fast. Although this will not present much of a problem for non-moving subjects, a moving subject coming towards you will be a lot trickier to get and keep a sharp view of. Then again, the Samsung GX-1S isn't exactly aiming at the action photographer. That doesn't change, however, that this remains one of the weaker sides of the camera. As final user of a digital SLR camera, one would expect it can also be used for the occasional faster moment. Although it goes without saying that there is a difference between "action" and actual action, the focus does really remain an essential part and often proves the decisive factor for a successful image.
However, when using the Samsung GX-1S in low-light conditions, you will see the camera once again performs excellently and virtually effortlessly indeed. Even in a nearly dark room, the GX-1S camera managed to focus reasonably fast.
Samsung GX-1S digital SLR - Histogram
After having captured your images, they can be swiftly played back, especially when photographing in JPEG. These images too come with a large amount of interesting and handy information. Pressing info once shows a histogram, which is displayed over the actual image. If you want to see the part of the image that happens to be under the histogram, you can simply move the histogram slightly upwards. Pressing info again displays all the information one could possible wish for; no less than 21 pieces of info are shown next to the photo. Those who have a habit of consulting the information after having captured certain trickier subjects will keep noticing instant connections between exposure and result. This melts together practice work and theory, which may very well lead to an actual increase of the quality with which digital photography is performed.
Samsung GX-1S SLR camera - 12x zoom
To ensure the sharpness can be checked properly, the camera allows the user to zoom in up to an impressive 12x, something that isn't seen with every digital SLR camera. Personally, I make frequent use of this option in practice. Especially when capturing portraits, I find it important to have instant clarity about the sharpness of, for example, the eye of the person in question. The 12x zoom function helps me to come to a good assessment in these situations, so that I am spared any possible unpleasant surprises when reviewing the captured images on the monitor. It should be said that the LCD monitor is of an excellent quality, even though the colors really do deviate. Unfortunately, Samsung have not made any improvements in this area, the Pentax DSLR suffered from the same problem.