Summary: Though we’re writing this before taking a look at its new NX100 model, the EX1 has got to be the most impressive digital camera Samsung has produced to date, whether true compact or DSLR-styled mirror-less hybrid model.
Pros: Vivid AMOLED back screen that also tilts and swivels, bright f/1.8 lens, tank-like strength via solid-feel metal construction, Raw capture, ISO3200 at full (10MP) resolution
Cons: Pricey compared to most digital compacts, modest (3x) optical zoom range, standard definition video capture only
Summary: The TL500 / EX1 is a very capable and well-featured photographers' compact camera. Its excellent (and articulated) OLED screen helps distinguish it from the conceptually similar Panasonic LX3.
Pros: Good image quality, particularly at lower ISO settings, Extremely bright F1.8-2.4 lens, Useful 24mm equiv. wide angle, High ISO performance good up to ISO 800 (and higher if processed from RAW), Accessible, quick-to-use manual controls, Superb bright, high-contrast, articulated OLED screen, Gener...
Cons: Highlight clipping and channel clipping in bright, high-contrast conditions, Unpredictable metering requires regular use of exposure compensation, No control over noise reduction (which is excessive at high ISO settings), Video limited to VGA resolution, Rear dial difficult to move with precision...
Summary: Samsung’s TL500 (EX-1 in Europe) is not your typical compact digital camera. The TL500 can function nicely as a point and shoot camera, but it was designed for photo enthusiasts. The very compact TL500 is attractive in an understated way, feels solid and stable in your hands, and features a robustly...
Pros: Good image quality, Low noise levels to ISO 800, Intuitive controls
Cons: No HD video, Costly, No quick access to EV compensation
Conclusion: On the whole, the EX1 is a good quality camera that will find its particular niche in the market given that it is unlikely to suit all tastes - and nor has it been designed with blanket appeal in mind.
Summary: If Samsung’s aim in producing this less-than-mass-market model is to boost the value of its brand within the ‘serious’ photographic sector, I’d say the company has taken a massive step in the direction of success.
An easy to use Samsung camera with manual features and an f/1.8 lens
Good Gear Guide.au
22 March 2011
Summary: The Samsung EX1 has a fast f/1.8 lens and manual controls that make it a good choice for an enthusiast or professional photographer who wants a fully manual but small camera for casual shoots. It supplied great depth of field during our tests, and it can take vibrant looking photos.
Pros: F/1.8 lens, easy to use menu system, great screen, great depth of field
Cons: Noisy images, some softness in bright areas, some lens distortion at wide angles, shutter speed not fast enough
Excerpt: While compact interchangeable lens cameras are becoming more and more common, they're still not small enough for some people. Canon's PowerShot G series has long been considered the enthusiasts' choice when it comes to compact cameras, but that changed in 2008 when Panasonic introduced the Lumix...