It's been rumoured for weeks, but now it seems it's a reality. Samsung has announced the launch a digital SLR that goes up directly against the Nikon D50 and Canon 350D cameras.

Launching in February, the GX-1S has been developed in conjunction with Pentax and features interchangeable lenses, a 6 megapixel CCD, 11 point auto focus and ISO settings up to 3200.

The GX-1S will weigh just 505 grams and house a 23.5mm x 15.7mm CCD image sensor.

The GX-1S also provides a continuous shooting speed of 2.8 frames per second (up to eight frames in JPEG mode).

Utilising the new advanced Schneider Kreuznach D-Xenon lens system and Pentax's lens KAF bayonet mount technology - all Pentax DSLR lens will be mountable on the GX-1S.

The camera features a 2.5 inch TFT colour LCD screen and Pentaprism technology ensure a clear and bright view. The field of view is 95% with magnification at 0.95x (50mm F1.4 lens).

Modes include AF Single (with focus lock) and manual focus together with continuous AF . Shutter speed is 30 ~ 1/4,000 sec. with Bulb. The flash is a built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up offering the following modes: Auto, Manual, Auto/Red-eye reduction, Manual/red-eye reduction. Angle of view coverage is 28mm wide-angle (equivalent to 35mm). Recharge time is 3 seconds.