Samsung EX2F review
While some of the improvements to the EX2F over its predecessor appear to be subtle, the camera has been modified across the board and offers an impressive feature set. If the marketing is anything to go by, Samsung is most pleased with the camera's f/1.4-2.7 24-80mm lens (compared with the EX1's 24-72mm f/1.8-2.4 unit). The camera has a built-in ND filter, which reduces the level of light entering through the lens. Even with a fast maximum 1/4000sec shutter speed and ISO 80 setting, the filter is a useful tool. The ISO 80-3200 range can now be expanded up to ISO 12,800.
Images are recorded onto a revised 7.44x5.58mm back-illuminated CMOS sensor with 12.4 million effective pixels (the EX1 features a 10-million-pixel CCD sensor). Raw and JPEG capture is possible, with full-resolution raw files taking up approximately 30MB and JPEGs around 5MB.
There are numerous shooting modes to choose from, some of which are new to the camera. The Magic Plus menu contains, among others, panorama, HDR, split shot, picture in picture and magic frame.
In the image playback menu, there are several edits that can be made to an image in-camera. Edits include Smart filters like vignetting and old film, as well as image adjustments such as saturation, contrast and brightness. With this in mind, the camera can be left in its standard shooting mode and these changes made post-capture. When combined with its Wi-Fi capability, the EX2F can be used to edit and share images without the aid of a computer, and these features are genuinely useful tools rather than just gimmicks.
Unsurprisingly, Samsung has improved the video capture capability, given that the EX1 featured a modest 480p format. The EX2F has full HD 1080p capture with stereo sound. If a compact camera needs to offer a great feature set in order to tempt those whose main camera is their mobile phone, then the EX2F succeeds.
Image: Panorama mode is consistently reliable in use and provides an approximate 180° angle of view. It relies on the shutter being pressed continuously during capture