Samsung EX2F review
Build and handling
At 112x62x29mm, the EX2F is similar in size to the EX1, but it is significantly lighter at 286g. This still means the camera is quite a bulky unit when compared to some of its competitors, but even with its lens protrusion (where the camera is actually nearer 45mm deep and not the quoted 29mm) it is small enough to slide in a trouser pocket.
There is little change to the style of the camera, with the body of the EX2F being made from ‘high-intensity' magnesium alloy with a rubberised handgrip. The only real change to the body is that some of the controls have moved around, with a couple of new options to accommodate the
Serious photographers will appreciate the number of controls directly accessible on the camera body. The rear and front wheels can also be used for manual exposure and menu navigation, while there are two dials on the top-plate - one for drive mode and the other for shooting modes, which includes a Wi-Fi option. Through the Wi-Fi menu, images can be shared via email, viewed on a compatible TV or backed up. Samsung's own MobileLink and Remote Viewfinder apps can also be accessed to link the camera to a phone (for sharing images and remotely controlling the camera respectively). Incorporating manual controls on the lens barrel, such as the company's iFn button, would be good for an ‘authentic' feel.
The built-in flash has a modest output, but a hotshoe port is compatible with (optional) external flash units for those who need an extra bit of power.
The electronic zoom lens can be a little fiddly to handle when trying to get the correct focal length, but no more so than other electronic zooms. I would like to see a stepped zoom option. Like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7, the EX2F has a separate lens cap that is manually attached. The lens extends on start-up, and if the lens cap is in place the camera flashes a warning and then switches off. We did not like this in the EX1, and nor do we like here.
All in all, the EX2F handles really well, but I would like to see faster processing of large raw files. I found it frustrating to have to wait an extra second or two before I could take control of the camera again after capture. Those who shoot JPEG-only will not share the same frustration.