Samsung EX2F Point and Shoot Camera Offers Smart Features Plus f/1.4 Lens
Samsung is keen to make all of its gadgets smart, not just smartphones and tablets. You may not be aware, but the Korean manufacturer makes ‘Smart’ fridges, camcorders and cameras.
The latter is a fairly recent addition, with some of the features found in our smartphones making their way to some new compact digital cameras by Samsung. The latest models feature Wi-Fi connectivity and access to social networks, allowing you to point, shoot, and share online instantly. Unfortunately while these smart features are great, the quality of the images taken hasn’t been so good.
Samsung wants to change that, and it’s starting with a new model called the EX2F. While this new model is still technically a point and shoot camera, it’s borrowed some features from the compact system camera type – namely a full-sized hotshoe for connecting a viewfinder or flash module.
The lens itself is a marked improvement too, and is one of the key features of the EX2F. It’s a Schneider Kreuznach 24-79mm 3.3x lens with a low f stop rating of f/1.4. Coupled with a 12.4-megapixel CMOS sensor the camera can reach a top ISO setting of 12,800, which should make for good quality low light snaps if you don’t wish to use the pop-up flash. Surprisingly you’ll also be able to shoot images in a RAW format for after editing – something of a rarity on point and shoots.
Samsung’s expertise in small but high quality displays comes into play when you turn the camera around, with a flip-out and rotatable 3-inch AMOLED display. This will play back your snaps and Full HD 1080p video, as well as displaying menus and apps in a smartphone-style icon layout. Photos can be emailed, backed up to the cloud, shared socially or even beamed to a Samsung TV or laptop using the AllShare Play app.
The full-sized hotshoe can benefit from an accessory or two, and Samsung has already revealed an optical viewfinder, external microphone and a secondary flash. A price tag is yet to be slapped on the EX2F, but with a selection of features that no other rival has implemented on a point and shoot camera, we expect it won’t be too cheap.