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Samsung EX2F review

Smarter than the average compact camera

Our Verdict

For

  • Bright 24-80mm lens
  • Easy to access controls
  • Simple Wi-Fi sharing
  • Shoots raw files

Against

  • Smart filters and AF don't work together
  • No touchscreen
  • Raw shooting is limited

Samsung announced its 12MP smart camera, the Samsung EX2F, in July, improving on the original Samsung EX1 by adding Wi-Fi capability for easy image sharing and boosting the pixel count from 10MP to 12MP.

The Samsung EX2F 24-80mm (equivalent) lens also has an even bigger maximum aperture than the Samsung EX1's optic, pushing up to f/1.4 from f/1.8. This means it has the largest aperture of any compact camera currently available.

The larger aperture enables slightly more control over depth of field, as well as faster shutter speeds to be used in low light to help combat blur.

Samsung EX2F review

However, the EX2F also includes a dual image stabilisation system (optical and digital) to minimise the impact of camera shake. Meanwhile, a built-in neutral density filter enables wide apertures to be used in bright light.

Samsung has extended the EX2F's low-light credentials with a 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and by keeping the resolution to a relatively modest 12 million pixels for better noise control.

Like most compact cameras, the Samsung EXF2 doesn't have a viewfinder built in, and images are composed on the 3-inch 614,000-dot swivel AMOLED screen, making shooting from a range of angles easier than with a fixed monitor.

Samsung EX2F review

Samsung has given the EX2F a pretty impressive burst mode, which enables full resolution images to be captured at 3, 5 or 10 frames per second (fps). A Pre-capture option also enables you to record 10 JPEG images taken after the shutter release is half-pressed, but immediately before it is fully pressed. It's useful for capturing the moment after an exciting event.

In addition, Full HD videos of up to 20mins long can be recorded in MP4 format. Lower resolution high speed recording at 480fps (192x144), 240fps (384x288) and 120fps (640x480) is also possible for slow-motion playback.

The Samsung EX2F is aimed at enthusiast photographers, who will appreciate the ability to use manual, aperture priority or shutter priory exposure modes and the option to record raw files as well as JPEG images.

Samsung EX2F review

Less experienced photographers, however, may prefer to use one of the Scene modes or the Smart Auto Mode that automatically selects the correct scene mode to use based on the camera's assessment of the scene.

There are also fun, creative options such as Panaroma, Magic Frame, Split Shot, Picture in Picture, Artistic Brush, HDR and Creative Movie Maker. Plus there are 15 digital filter effects as well, and a Dual Capture mode, which enables you to record video and 12MP stills simultaneously.

Priced at around £379.99/AU$549/US$449, the Samsung EX2F is in the same sort of price bracket as the Fuji X-F1 and Samsung Galaxy Camera. It's cheaper than some other high-end compacts, such as the Canon G15, Nikon P7700 and Olympus XZ-2.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.4 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.3x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)286 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate480 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeAMOLED
Image Sensor TypeBSI CMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedSLB-10A
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height62.4 mm
Width112.1 mm
Depth27.6 mm
Focal Length5.20 mm to 17.20 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelEX2F
Product NameEX2F 12.4MP Smart Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-EX2FZZBPBGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Whether you're in a dimly lit reception hall or outside on a starry night, the Samsung SMART CAMERA EX2F lets you instantly capture beautiful memories - and share them with friends and family just as quickly. The fast aperture of the world's brightest F1.4 lens in its class with ND (Neutral Density) filter and the clearer pixels and lower noise of the large 1/1.7" 12.4-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor combine to create expressive portraits and stunning landscapes, even in low-light situations. What's more, you can easily - and wirelessly - share and save your masterpieces. Upload images to your favourite social networks, or download to your PC at home. Leave your cables and your worries behind.

Package Contents
  • EX2F 12.4MP Smart Camera
  • AC Adapter/USB Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Strap
  • User Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap Strap
Display Resolution614000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone