Samsung EX2F - A Worthy Contender

Launch SRP: S$699

Introduction

Introduction

A few months back we had a friend ask for our advice on buying a digital camera. She wanted something compact, yet had manual controls so that she could have more creative control over her shots. We recommended a mirrorless system camera but she didn’t like the idea of having to swap lenses all the time. She wanted something convenient, something she could throw in her bag and just whip out whenever she felt like shooting.

Unfortunately, our friend didn't fancy any of the models that were available. The Panasonic LX5, Canon S100, Olympus XZ-1; none appealed to her. However,  it seems more choices are now available to her as there's a wave of new digital premium compacts being released.

Just two weeks ago we had the opportunity to test the Sony RX100, and it impressed us with its low light performance and good image quality which was due to its large lens sensor. Without having the chance to catch our breath, it’s now the Samsung EX2F’s turn for a shot at the spotlight. So what does the EX2F bring to the table?

While its sensor is typical of a camera in this market segment (1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor), the EX2F is capable of shooting at F1.4 and sports an external flash hotshoe and a swiveling AMOLED screen among its other features. A digital compact that offers more power than a conventional point-and-shoot, the EX2F is also offering convenience in the form of Wi-Fi capability. This means you can share your videos and photos wirelessly to a PC, smartphone or any other networked devices. We've initially previewed this camera a couple of months back, but it's now time for us to take the retail unit for a good spin. Interested to find out more? Read on as we bring you more details of what the EX2F is capable.

8.5
Performance
8.5
Design
8
Features
9
User-Friendliness
9.5
Value
8.5
The Good
Fast F1.4 lens
Swivel AMOLED display
Good low-light performance
Easy to use interface
Magnesium alloy body
DLNA, Wi-Fi and sharing functions
The Bad
A bit on the bulky side
Unable to customize Fn button
Battery can only be charged in-camera
Slightly subdued colors in JPEG images