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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

A pixel count of 12 million isn't particularly exciting these days, but it is sufficient for most situations that you would reasonably expect a compact camera to be used in. It also enables the camera to produce cleaner images than one with a higher pixel count.

Having a large maximum aperture of f/1.4 at the wide-angle end of the lens and f/2.7 at the telephoto end is also useful, because it enables faster shutter speeds than normal to be used when light levels drop. With close subjects it also enables depth of field to be restricted so that the background can be blurred.

Samsung is leading the way with Wi-Fi connectivity in cameras, and the Samsung EX2F makes good use of it, with several different ways of sharing images direct from the camera as well as a Remote Viewfinder option.

We found the Wi-Fi features easy to set up and use, and they are sure to be a hit with Facebook lovers and the like.

We liked

Having a bright 24-80mm lens makes the Samsung EX2F a versatile camera that can be used in all sorts of situations. It also feels well put together and should withstand regular use.

All the key controls are easy to access, and enthusiast photographers should find they quickly get to grips with it.

Once your home Wi-Fi network details have been input and your Facebook login details are stored, it's easy to share images direct from the camera.

We disliked

If you want to use the Smart Filters you can't select the active AF point, this decision has to be made by the camera - which seems rather odd. You'll also have to forgo shooting raw files.

The Samsung EX2F would seem ideally suited for use with a touchscreen, but it doesn't have one. A touchscreen would speed up settings adjustments and inputting information such as Wi-Fi network passwords.

Final verdict

With the exception of the odd unusually dark or very high contrast scene, the Samsung EX2F is a very capable compact camera that delivers high-quality images with plenty of detail at the lower sensitivity settings, and natural colour.

Wi-Fi connectivity has been well integrated, and the system is easy to set up and use.

There are only a few niggles, such as the fact that some options aren't available when shooting raw files, and it takes a while to work out what settings you need to use to make the filter options accessible.

These issues and the lack of a touchscreen hold the Samsung EX2F back from being an up to the minute compact camera.

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
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Red-eye Reduction, Fill Flash, Slow Sync, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Fix
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