Rankings REVIEW SUMMARY STORE PRICING Samsung EX2F Digital Camera Review Body and Design - Samsung EX2F User Experience and Performance - Samsung EX2F Image Quality - Samsung EX2F Conclusion - Samsung EX2F COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, & ANSWERS FORUM BY VIEWERS AND EDITORS Samsung Reviews
18 May 2014
Summary: Samsung's EX2F pairs a fast f1.4-2.7 lens with Wi-Fi and other advanced features aimed squarely at the advanced compact market. Does it all come together into a winning package?
Excerpt: As smartphones continue to hammer the nails into the sub-$500 pocket camera coffin, camera-makers have been trying their best to inject some allure into the point-and-shoot category. Unable to compete with the superior optics and sensors found in pricier fixed-lens cameras, point-and-shoots must be sold on their key strength: software.
Excerpt: A little bulkier than most compact point-and-shoots, the EX2F makes up for the extra size with extra features that will make getting the perfect shot easier. The rear display swivels out so you can frame the shot perfectly even if the camera isn't right in front of you. Though the 3.3x zoom is modest, the f/1.4-2.7 aperture captures a lot of light for very rich and detailed pictures. You'll appreciate this even more when recording full HD video.
Summary: Conclusion Samsung cameras often provide better performance than their competition at the same price point and that's the case with the EX2F. After carrying this nifty little digital camera with me just about everywhere I've gone for the last few weeks the EX2F is now my benchmark point and shoot digital camera.
Pros: Excellent Schneider zoom with a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, Intuitive control layout, Very impressive noise mangement, Decent battery life, Easily usable by both beginners and advanced shooters
Cons: Battery charges in the camera, Would prefer a little more zoom
Conclusion: Samsung is unusual in that it designs both smartphones and cameras. That means it knows what a smartphone can do and what a camera can do and, equally important, what each of them can't do very well. Samsung has no doubt made its mark in the smartphone arena, and it is still making in-roads with cameras. That said, the latest generation of cameras from the company have been very good -- especially its NX line of compact system/mirrorless cameras (CSCs).
Pros: Attractive design and ergonomic build with real grip, Fast f/1.4 Schneider-Kreuznach 3.3x lens that starts at a wide 24mm equivalent, Optical image stabilization, Built-in ND filter, Advanced controls, including Command and Drive mode dials, Popup flash, with solid range that's helped by fast apertures, Smart hot shoe, Articulated 3-inch AMOLED display, Built-in WiFi, RAW capture capability, and good RAW image quality, Sharp resolution, with good overall color, and sh...
Cons: Attractive design and ergonomic build with real grip, Fast f/1.4 Schneider-Kreuznach 3.3x lens that starts at a wide 24mm equivalent, Optical image stabilization, Built-in ND filter, Advanced controls, including Command and Drive mode dials, Popup flash, with solid range that's helped by fast apertures, Smart hot shoe, Articulated 3-inch AMOLED display, Built-in WiFi, RAW capture capability, and good RAW image quality, Sharp resolution, with good overall color, and sh...
Summary: The Samsung EX2F is a great professional-grade compact camera. Samsung has married a cluster of manual controls to some well-considered menus in a first-class piece of hardware design. Image quality is hard to fault, with plenty of detail, accurate colours and good low-light performance, all at a very tempting price.
Cons: No separate charger; Battery life; Access to menus blocked while saving images.
Samsung's wide-aperture compact is a sturdy, serious competitor.
8 October 2012
Conclusion: When Sony introduced the Cyber-shot RX100 earlier this year, it was so far ahead of the competition that much of the existing market was instantly invalidated. It was, and still is, the high-end compact for discerning photographers who need portability, and any new review necessitates a comparison. We do think there's space for the EX2F and the RX100 to coexist in the same market, but only a small space, and only if you can get the EX2F for considerably cheaper.