With the widest maximum aperture on the compact camera market and a set of features to rival a DSLR, Samsung’s EX1 wants to be the best enthusiast compact around.

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Samsung EX1


Samsung EX1 review


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The multi-point and centreweighted exposure meter configurations in this camera are set for print-ready photographers and produce results that are perhaps 1/3EV too light for my own tastes. The easily accessible exposure-compensation button soon fixes that, though.

I also sometimes adopted the process of using spot metering from the brightest important area in the scene combined with +1.7EV compensation, which worked very well.

My concern really was to avoid overexposed highlights, so the most could be made of the camera’s dynamic range. Once I came to understand the need for compensation I was very pleased with the results the camera turned out from a wide range of different and difficult conditions. It seems able to identify when there are larger than usual bright and dark areas in a scene and ignore them.

Flash exposures are also good in the main. The built-in unit is not amazingly powerful, but the camera makes great use of external units in the hotshoe and produces well-lit and natural-looking pictures.

Making the most of spot metering and a wider than usual choice of apertures and shutter speeds in manual exposure mode, I tried some really high-key street images and found that even light tones are well controlled, full and capable of manipulation in software.

Image: Combining spot metering with the ‘Classic’ shooting preset and +1.7EV exposure compensation allowed me complete control over the way the scene was represented.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. White Balance and Colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Resolution, Noise and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range and gamut
  9. 9. LCD, Viewfinder, Live View and Video
  10. 10. Our verdict
  11. 11. The competition
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