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. OK, so it’s not set itself as high a previous benchmark as the likes of Nikon and Canon, but with the EX1 the Korean giant at least shows that it can compete with the big boys of photography when it wants to.
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. Overall it's among the best compact cameras available if the super-bright lens is more important to your type of shooting than overall zoom reach.
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, Generally well optimized JPEGs with good color response, RAW capability with fully featured RAW conversion software, Well implemented manual AF point selection mode, Reliable focus...
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 (and has to be used for manually changing aperture), Flash underpowered, flash performance overall not that impressive, Manual focus preview too low resolution to be useful (...
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. It’s not simply an automated point-and-shooter but instead a good couple of levels beyond that where some knowledge and technical ability will quickly pay off.
An easy to use Samsung camera with manual features and an f/1.8 lens
Good Gear Guide.au
4 February 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. However it does have some problems with noise, even at low ISO speeds. Despite this, its asking price and excellent ease of use definitely make it a manual camera to consider.
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: Like the Canon PowerShot G12 , the Samsung TL500 comes equipped with a flip-and-rotate screen to help with odd-angle shots. Like the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX5 , it offers an ultra-wide-angle 24mm lens (and a separate lens cap). And like the Nikon Coolpix P7000 and PowerShot G12, it has a slightly bulky body and a raised handgrip, both of which feel good in the hand.
Excerpt: For £399, you get most of the manual features that can be found on a competent digital SLR camera , although the EX1's lens is fixed and it doesn't have a built-in optical viewfinder. It's a 10-megapixel camera with a 24-72mm, 3x zoom lens. It's very simple to use but its image quality can sometimes leave you frustrated.
Summary: The Samsung’s strength is its combination of features, performance and value for money. It’s not the best-handling high-end compact, but it does the job. The question is: do cameras like this have a future when they’re up against a new generation of big-sensor hybrids?
Pros: Build quality and finish, Swivelling AMOLED display, Photographic controls
Cons: Some awkward controls, One of a dying breed?
Summary: A compact digicam with a fast, high-quality 3x zoom lens, P/A/S/M shooting modes and support for raw file capture - but only VGA video.The 10-megapixel EX1 is the new flagship of the company's compact digital camera range. It features a new high-performance 1/1.7-inch (7.6 x 5.7 mm) CCD sensor plus a fast Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan lens with 3x optical zoom (24-72mm equivalent).
Pros: You're looking for an affordable, well-built compact digicam with PASM shooting modes., You'd like support for raw file capture., You want a large, bright, easy-to-view monitor., You require good auto white balance performance., You'd like manual AF point selection plus face detection and focus tracking.
Cons: You require HD video recording., You require high burst capacity at high resolution., You want an optical viewfinder., You'd rather avoid the hassles associated with proprietary raw formats by buying cameras that support DNG.RAW.