Amazingly, there is still very little competition for a well-specified, high-quality compact camera that offers SLR-like controls.
You might think it was exactly what SLR users would be looking for, but few manufacturers have taken up the challenge.
The most obvious camera to compete against the Samsung EX1 is the Canon PowerShot G11.
The cameras are very close in shape, style, functionality and intention, to the point where you might suspect that the makers of the second camera to be launched had the first one in mind during the design process.
Other than the G11 we have high-end compacts, but nothing that is similar.
To get the same sort of features you’d need to start looking at micro-system cameras – and really, then, beyond the more compact dimensions of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1, you are drifting into the realms of cameras that are no longer small.
Video:VGA 30/15fps, MPEG 4
AF Assistance:Yes, built-in lamp
Built-in Flash:Yes – max range 6.2m, with ±1EV compensation
White Balance:Auto, 6 presets, plus 1 custom, fine adjustment along amber/blue, green/magenta axis and Kelvin values
Memory Card:SD and SDHC, plus 22MB internal memory
Viewfinder Type:Optional optical device
Output Size:3648x2736 pixels
White Balance Bracket:No
LCD:3in AMOLED VGA vari-angle screen
Sensor:CCD with 10 million effective pixels
Max Flash Sync:1/750sec (built-in flash), 1/180sec hotshoe flash
Weight:356g (without battery or card/s)
Exposure Modes:Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual plus 12 scene modes
Power:Rechargeable SLB-11A Li-Ion battery
Lens:Schneider Kreuznach 5.2-15.6 (equivalent to 24-72mm on 35mm format)
File Format:Raw (swf) + JPEG simultaneously, JPEG
AF array:Multi-point AF, centre spot, selectable point
Shutter Speeds:16secs-1/1500sec in 1/3EV steps
Drive Mode:Continuous mode available – no fps quoted
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
ISO:80-3200 in 1EV steps
Focusing Modes:Manual, single-shot, tracking, face detection
Metering System:Multi-pattern, centreweighted and spot
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Exposure Comp:±2EV in 1/3EV steps