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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Any problems I had with focusing the EX1 came about through my use of wide apertures and reframing. With such a narrow depth of field, when the lens is used wide open it is easy to create a soft subject purely by changing the subject-to-camera distance as you rock backwards and forwards before pressing the shutter all the way down.

This is a problem we already know about when using DSLRs, but do not associate with compacts. I found keeping still helped, or switching to the excellent face-detection mode instead of trying my hand at spot AF.

In most cases, though, I found the focusing system works very well, whether in the multi-point mode, spot or face detection. The system operates quickly and decisively, and is able to cope with the type of low-light conditions in which a wide maximum aperture comes in useful.

The only shortcoming I found was in macro mode, where the camera repeatedly seemed reluctant to recognise what I wanted to photograph.

  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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