Samsung today announced the launch of the 10.2 megapixel GX-10 digital SLR, which it says will be positioned firmly towards the "discerning enthusiast photographer searching for comprehensive functions, stunning design, ease of use and real value for money - all in one camera".

Samsung also announced the launch of five more lenses, that each would be released before the end of 2006 that will work with the new model and the company's current DSLR, the GX-1 series.

The new model will feature a 2.5-inch TFT LCD (210k pixels) and built-in Optical Picture Stabilization (OPS) technology, support high sensitivity ISO 1600, offer TTL phase-matching 11 points wide AF and TTL open-aperture 16 segment metering system.

Furthermore, Samsung is stating that the GX-10 come with a special water-proof and anti-dust coating to allow users to take photographs in difficult situations.

Continuous shooting at 3 fps (frames per second) is possible; RAW files can be shot at the same speed up to 9 frames, and the RAW files can be checked on the LCD and then be directly converted to JPEG format via the built-in converter for convenience.

The GX-10 and lenses are expected to be available from October, with the price being announced at that time.

Samsung also announced that five kinds of lenses will be launched by the end of 2006. These lens have been designed to enable real freedom in the creative process and include: fish eye lens (fish eye 10-17mm F3.5-F4.5 ED), an ultra wide zoom lens (12-24mm F4 ED AL), a wide zoom lens (16-45mm F4 ED AL), a fixed focus lens (35mm F2 AL) and a macro lens (Macro 100mm F2.8). The lenses will also be compatible with the DSLRs launched by Samsung earlier in the year – the GX-1S and GX-1L, which were aimed towards the serious amateur photographer.