Samsung's EX2F Combines Full Manual Control with Compact Form

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Samsung has just released a new point-and-shoot camera, the EX2F, which bridges the gap between fully manual and fully automated shooting styles. The EXF2 is an ideal companion to photographers who already own a DLSR, but want to have a secondary camera to carry everywhere without the burden of carrying a full-size SLR camera. It is also the perfect solution for photographers looking to upgrade from a more basic point-and-shoot camera to one with greater manual control and imaging quality. This camera features an impressively bright, fast f/1.4 Schneider-Kreuznach 5.2-17.2mm (equivalent to a 24-80mm lens in 35mm format) lens, 12.4 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 3.0-inch swivel AMOLED monitor and Wi-Fi compatibility, making it perfect for spontaneous image making and sharing without compromising image quality.

Schneider-Kreuznach Lens and Optics

The impressive focal point of this camera is its integrated 24-80mm f/1.4 lens. This wide angle zoom lens with large maximum aperture gives the ability to capture a sufficient range of situations effectively while retaining low light and focus-controlling benefits. Composed of 11 elements in 9 groups, including four aspherical elements and two high-refractive lenses, this lens brings greater light transmission and brightness to the sensor, creating greater image quality and richer-looking photographs. Sharpness and clarity are another benefit of the Schneider glass, which is further enhanced by the shallow depth-of-field possibilities and Dual IS system.

In addition to the range of usable apertures, a neutral density filter has also been integrated into the design, which gives users even more control of depth of field, selective focus and motion control in any situation. This filter allows you to easily isolate subjects from their backgrounds by using a larger aperture than normally required; or you can blur motion by using a slower shutter speed than usual.

12.4MP BSI CMOS Sensor and Imaging Capabilities

The 1/1.7" BSI CMOS sensor with 12.4-megapixel resolution provides high-resolution imagery for still images and high-definition video, rendering photos and movies with clear tones and smooth image quality. This imaging capability extends itself to low-light situations, too, with an extended ISO sensitivity of 12800. The CMOS sensor affords this sensitivity while retaining low noise levels and maintaining the pro-standard image quality. Image capture is saved in the standard JPEG format as well as in RAW format, allowing you to contain more information in your files, ideal for post-production manipulation.

In addition to 12.4 megapixel still imagery, HD video is supported up to 1080/30p format for display on full HD televisions. Furthering the capturing ability even more, the EXF2 features a Dual Capture function, which enables you to capture full resolution, 12MP stills while recording 1080p HD video.

Robust Design and Manual Control

Mimicking the physical qualities of a DSLR, the EX2F features magnesium construction, giving it a weighty, solid feel with a high level of durability. Within the sleek shell, the camera supports full manual control, also harking to the traditional benefits of a DSLR, and a lens design that resembles an interchangeable lens. This form factor gives the camera more intuitive handling, especially when working in shutter or aperture priority modes or full manual mode. The rotating lens ring and dual top dial design provide efficiency and speed for working in spontaneous situations, while allowing for precise manipulation of camera settings for discerning photographers.

All of the camera settings are easily viewable through the Smart Panel user interface, which combines all image settings into an easy-to-read display. For playback, review and composition of movies and photographs: a 3-inch AMOLED screen provides high resolution monitoring under any viewing conditions. The swivel mechanism of the monitor is ideal for use when working with high or low angle shooting positions, or for more comfortable viewing from a variety of angles. It even tilts to face forward for accurate composition of self-portraits.

Wi-Fi Compatibility and Image Sharing

The EX2F is designed within the realms of other Samsung SMART cameras and features a rich combination of wireless utility with high-resolution imagery. The Wi-Fi connectivity enables you to easily back up your images and video remotely, either directly to your PC or to a cloud service, as well as direct uploading to social networking sites like Facebook or YouTube. You can also simply email your imagery to yourself or to others.

Another strong facet of the wireless connectivity is Mobile Link, which enables remote connection with your smart phone. This function provides you with the ability to share images and video between your camera and phone without having to resize your files. Additionally, Remote Viewfinder is enabled with many smart phones, which renders your phone’s screen as the effective viewfinder and control panel from which to operate your EX2F. All of the wireless functionality is easily accessible through the SMART LINK button, which gives one-touch simplicity for use.

The EX2F is an aptly capable camera designed to navigate the gap between a small form factor camera and a feature-rich DSLR. Aside from the impressive imaging capabilities of an f/1.4 Schneider lens, 12.4MP CMOS sensor and full manual control, this camera supports intelligent wireless capabilities and manages to provide such a range of functionality in a highly compact, durable camera body.

Specification

Image Sensor Type 1/1.7" BSI CMOS
Effective Pixels 12.4MP
Total Pixels 12.76MP
Image Sizes 12MP: 4000 x 3000
10MP: 4000 x 2672
9MP: 4000 x 2248
8MP: 3264 x 2448
8MP: 2832 x 2832
5MP: 2592 x 1944
3MP: 1984 x 1488
2MP: 1920 x 1080
1MP: 1024 x 768
Focal Length 5.2-17.2mm (35mm equivalent: 24-80mm)
Maximum Aperture f/1.4-2.7
Lens Construction 11 elements in 9 groups (including 4 aspherical lenses and 2 high-refractive lenses)
Optical Zoom 3.3x
Digital Zoom Still: 1-4x (Smart Zoom: 1.33x)
Play mode: 1-2x (depends on image size)
Image Stabilization DUAL IS (Optical Image Stabilization + Digital Image Stabilization)
Display Type 3" / 7.6 cm, 614k-dot rotating AMOLED
Focusing Modes TTL Auto Focus (Center AF, Multi AF, Tracking AF, Face Detection AF, Face Recognition AF, Selection AF), Manual Focus
Focusing Range Normal-
W: 15.75” / 40 cm – infinity
T: 39.4” / 100 cm – infinity
Macro-
W: 0.4-15.75” / 1-40 cm
T: 15.75-39.4” / 40-100 cm
Auto Macro-
W: 0.4” / 1 cm – infinity
T: 15.75” / 40 cm – infinity
Manual-
W: 0.4” / 1 cm – infinity
T: 15.75” / 40 cm – infinity
Shutter Speed Range 30 - 1/2000 sec.
Continuous Shooting Rate Up to 10 fps
Self-Timer 2, 10 sec.
Exposure Modes Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual Exposure
Exposure Metering System Multi, Spot, Center-weighted, Face Detection AE
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV (in 1/3 steps)
ISO Sensitivity ISO 80-12800 (expanded)
Flash Modes Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash Off, Red-eye fix
Flash Range Wide: 2.6 – 25.6’ / 0.8 – 7.8 m
Tele: 2.6 – 13.5’ / 0.8 – 4.1 m
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 1 EV (in 1/3 steps)
Flash Recycle Time Approx. 4 sec.
White Balance Modes Auto WB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom, K
Still Image Modes Smart Auto (Portrait, Night Portrait, Backlight Portrait, Night, Backlight, Landscape, White, Natural Green, Blue Sky, Sunset, Macro, Macro text, Macro Color, Tripod, Action, Fireworks, Candle, Spotlight, Spotlight (Macro), Spotlight (Portrait)), Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Scene (Beauty Shot, Night, Landscape, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Beach & Snow, 3D Photo), Magic Plus (Panorama, Magic Frame, Split Shot, Picture in Picture, Artistic Brush, HDR)
Playback Modes Single image, Thumbnails, Multi Slide Show with Music and Effect, Movie Clip, Smart Album, Creative Movie Maker
Movie Sizes 1920 X 1080
1280 X 720
640 X 480
320 X 240
Movie Format MP4 (H.264)
High Speed Recording 480 fps (192 X 144)
240 fps (384 X 288)
120 fps (640 X 480)
Maximum Recording Time 20 min.
Movie Recording Modes Smart Scene Detection (Landscape, Blue Sky, Natural Green, Sunset), Movie, Magic Plus (Picture in Picture)
Movie Effects Smart Filter : Palette Effect 1, Palette Effect 2, Palette Effect 3, Palette Effect 4, Miniature, Vignetting, Half Tone Dot, Sketch, Fish Eye, Classic, Retro
Movie Editing Controls Pause during recording and playing, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
Still Image File Formats RAW, JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1
Movie File Formats MP4 (Video: MPEG-4.AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
Digital Interface USB 2.0
Audio Interface Microphone: Stereo / Internal Speaker: Mono
Video Output NTSC/PAL (selectable); HDMI 1.4
Wi-Fi Connectivity Mobile Link, Remote Viewfinder, Social Sharing, Email, Sky Drive,
Auto Backup, TV Link,Wi-Fi Direct
DC Power Input 5V
Power Source SLB-10A rechargeable lithium-ion battery (1030 mAh), micro USB
System Requirements Windows XP SP2 / Vista / Windows 7 / Mac OS 10.4 or higher
Operating Temperature 32 - 104°F / 0 - 40°C
Operating Humidity 5 - 85%
Dimensions 4.4 x 2.4 x 1.1" / 111.9 x 62 x 28.9mm (excluding projection part)
Weight 10.4 oz / 294.3 g

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Now that looks like a unit I can get serious with when I'm not carrying my DSLR. I like the idea of the bias being in favour (heavily in favour) of the camera, as opposed to a cell phone with a camera. The "smart" camera-WiFi capability makes this a very attractive tool for my purposes. Smart thinking on Samsung's part.

This will be great if the specifications translate into real world photographic situations. I'm very excited to see how it tests out. Added to my "wish list".

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Samsung EX2F compact camera is very lightweight.Features is Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, 12.4 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, HD video shooting at 1080/30p, camera holds a SMART LINK button which if you click then will get access to all these functions, Dual IS, Dual IS and many more.