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Samsung EX2F review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £380
inc VAT

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


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

Another concern is that automatic exposure settings were poorly chosen in low light. Smart Mode (Samsung’s name for auto mode) restricted the ISO speed to 800 and the shutter speed to 1/8s, which resulted in under-exposed shots in very low light. Program and priority modes refused to budge beyond ISO 400 and used shutter speeds up to 1 second, resulting in blurry shots in low light. The 1/1.7in sensor is capable of decent results up to ISO 1600, but it shouldn’t be up to the user to have to set it manually.

Samsung EX2F sample shot
Crisp, smooth details and balanced skin tones – we’ve no complaints about this shot

Then again, the bright f/1.4 lens means that manual intervention isn’t usually necessary in typical household lighting, as long as subjects are reasonably static. It’s a sharp lens, too, giving crisp details into the corners of frames. Image quality was excellent up to ISO 400, although it struggled a little with complex, fine textures.

Samsung EX2F sample shot
The lens is sharp but handling of these dense textures is good rather than great

Faster ISO speeds took their toll on details. It’s common for noise reduction to smear fine details, but photos also exhibited a strange pixelated quality on close inspection. Processing raw files in Lightroom gave much better results, but given the performance penalty of shooting raw, we’d be hesitant to use it routinely.

Samsung EX2F sample shot
Zooming in in overcast weather has pushed the ISO speed to 400, but details are still crisp, with little evidence of noise reduction
Samsung EX2F sample shot
By ISO 1600, fine details have all but disappeared. Also note the pixelated edges around the white areas

1080p videos exhibited sharp details and flattering colours, but the zoom was clearly audible on the soundtrack and low-light clips fizzed with image noise. There’s no manual exposure control for videos, and slow-motion clips are limited to VGA resolution. It’s fine for casual clips but not for demanding use.

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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 4,000×3,000
File formats JPEG, RAW; MP4


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

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