Samsung EX2F review

Price as reviewed

£380.00

Scores

Star rating
4/5
Overall Score
82%

User Score

A new CMOS sensor and fast f/1.4 lens should ensure that the Wi-Fi-enabled, enthusiast-level Samsung EX2F compact is a consummate low-light performer. Read the Samsung EX2F review...

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Samsung EX2F at a glance:

  • 1/1.7in (7.44x5.58mm) CMOS sensor with 12.4-million-effective-pixels
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Effective 24-80mm f/1.4-2.7 Schneider Kreuznach lens
  • 3in articulated AMOLED screen
  • Street price around £380

Samsung EX2F review - Introduction

When the Samsung EX1 was announced just over two years ago, it demonstrated that the company is perfectly capable of producing a compact camera for ‘serious' photographers. Back then, there was little in the way of competition in an area of the market long dominated by Canon's PowerShot G-series cameras. The Samsung EX2F is a direct replacement for the EX1, but now the competition has warmed up somewhat with models from most of the big camera brands, such as the Fujifilm X10, Olympus XZ-2 and Sony Cyber-shot RX100.

In order to make the Samsung EX2F stand out from the competition, Samsung has packed the camera with features and included an even faster lens, just as Panasonic has done with its Lumix DMC-LX7. Both cameras are the fastest around, with a maximum f/1.4 aperture at 24mm, but in the EX2F it is reduced to f/2.7 at its 80mm telephoto end while the LX7 is f/2.3. Pair this fast lens with Dual Image Stabilisation and the EX2F can be used in its optimum ISO settings in low-contrast light. The ‘F' indicates that the EX2F has built-in Wi-Fi for immediate image upload and sharing, which is an area of the market where Samsung has been leading the way.