The first digital SLR to stem from a partnership between Pentax and Samsung will make its debut next month in the shape of the Samsung badged GX-1S.

The Pentax KAF-mount camera sports a Schneider Kreuznach D-Xenon lens and is designed to be compatible with Pentax digital SLR lenses. It boasts a CCD imaging sensor measuring 23.5×15.7mm.

Expected to cost around £550 the six-million-pixel newcomer has an equivalent ISO sensitivity up to ISO 3200, says Samsung, and a continuous shooting rate of 2.8 frames per second (for up to eight JPEG images).

Claimed to be ?lightweight and portable? the 505g debutante includes an 11-point AF system and a 2.5in LCD screen with a resolution of 210,000 pixels. The viewfinder is said to have a 95% field of view.

The GX-1S also has a top shutter speed of 1/4000sec and pop-up flash.

The UK price has yet to be confirmed.