Samsung EX2F review

The superb lens tops the impressive list of features, but numerous niggles hold it back

21 Dec 2012
Our Rating 
3/5
Price when reviewed 
380
inc VAT

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Specifications

1/1.7in 12.0-megapixel sensor, 3.3x zoom (24-80mm equivalent), 319g

Samsung was the first manufacturer to bring sophisticated Wi-Fi functions to digital cameras. Other manufacturers are catching up, but the Canon S110 (review coming soon) is the only other camera in this class to include Wi-Fi. The Samsung comes top for breadth of features, with an app for iOS and Android for browsing and transferring photos, and another that provides a remote viewfinder and shutter release. It can also control the zoom, flash, self-timer and resolution settings, and transfer the last photo to the smartphone or tablet. It's great for group self-portraits, but the limited control is a little frustrating. The camera's controls are locked while the app is running, and zooming from the app involved lots of small shunts.

Samsung EX2F

Here's the remote control app in use

Wi-Fi options continue with the ability to connect to a home network and share photos and videos via email, Facebook, YouTube, Picasa and Photo Bucket. It can upload to Microsoft SkyDrive, back up to a local PC and act as a DLNA server, streaming photos and videos to a smart TV. As usual for the new crop of Wi-Fi-enabled cameras, a couple of features didn't work properly in our tests. In this case it was the PC backup utility and the Remote Viewfinder app for Android.

Viewed in isolation, it's easy to find lots to praise about this camera. However, with the fantastic Panasonic LX7 lingering in our memory, it was the EX2F's flaws that were more striking. The LX7 doesn't have Wi-Fi or an articulated screen, but we'd gladly trade them for its even better image quality, longer zoom, friendlier controls, faster performance and more capable video mode. If Wi-Fi is an essential feature, we'd recommend the Canon S110. Its lens isn't nearly as bright but its controls are a lot less frustrating.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
CCD effective megapixels 12.0 megapixels
CCD size 1/1.7in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 614,000 pixels
Articulated screen Yes
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 3.3x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 24-80mm
Image stabilisation optical, lens based
Maximum image resolution 4,000x3,000
File formats JPEG, RAW; MP4

Physical

Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied none
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 240 shots
Connectivity USB, AV, micro HDMI, Wi-Fi
Body material magnesium alloy
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB cable
Weight 319g
Size 64x112x51mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £380
Supplier http://www.johnlewis.com
Details www.samsung.com/uk

Camera Controls

Exposure modes program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed 30 to 1/2,000 seconds
Aperture range f/1.4-7.7 (wide), f2.7-8.5 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 80 to 3200
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 5 presets with fine tuning, manual
Additional image controls contrast, saturation, sharpness
Manual focus Yes
Closest macro focus 1cm
Auto-focus modes multi, centre, flexible spot, face detect, tracking
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, WB bracket, precapture