Samsung have rolled out the Samsung EX2F, a high end compact with a class-leading, super fast F/1.4 lens and built in wi-fi.
Packing a large 1/1.7” 12 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, Samsung are hoping to tempt enthusiast snappers with the camera’s upmarket specs which include the F1.4 24mm 3.3x lens, dual image stabilisation (OIS + DIS) and a large 3.0” swivelling VGA AMOLED display.
ISO speeds run from 80-3200, (6400 -12800 extended mode), with full HD 1080/30p (H.264) video onboard, and there’s a useful built Neutral Density (ND) filter offering some creative shooting possibilities.
The camera should be hitting the shelves in August. There’s no UK pricing yet, but in the US it comes with a suitably sophisticated price tag of $549.
Read on for the full press release:
Samsung UK Press Release
SAMSUNG ANNOUNCES EX2F SMART CAMERA
Samsung combines high end photography and easy sharing with the introduction of the EX2F
London, UK – 3rd July, 2012 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd today announced the launch of the EX2F, the latest model in its growing range of Wi-Fi-enabled SMART cameras. Following the success of the EX1 with F1.8 lens, the new model is engineered to deliver even brighter photography thanks to its F1.4 lens, the brightest in any compact camera.
The EX2F comes with the advantage of being able to store and share images remotely using the Wi-Fi functionality. The Full Manual Control is ideal for DSLR-owners looking for more portable equipment to capture images spontaneously on the go and for photographers looking for a step-up from their point-and-shoot.
The camera combines a number of features which deliver incredible picture quality in all conditions. With the advanced F1.4 24mm Lens, the camera delivers clear images and video even in very low light conditions. These are easily controlled using the professional front wheel key and Dual Dials, which enable switching between parameters and modes quickly for greater manual control. The low-light capabilities of the EX2F are also added to by the 1/1.7” 12 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, which delivers clear, blur-free images.
Providing quality and creativity, 1080/30p Full HD Movie Recording with stereo sound allows users to capture video in high enough quality to enjoy on a Full HD TV. The EX2F also allows still 12 Megapixel photos and video to be captured simultaneously using the Dual Capture feature, so that any scene can be shot as both photo and video.
The world’s brightest compact camera lens
The EX2F’s F1.4 24mm wide-angle lens is approximately four times as bright as a F2.8 camera lens. A further development is that the lens unit now consists of eleven elements in nine groups, with four aspherical lenses and two high refractive lenses. Combined, these provide a 20% increase in the amount of light on the sensor, a 20% increase in image quality and a 10% increase in zoom ratio.
The lens on the EX2F also incorporates a Neutral Density (ND) filter, giving the user greater control over exposure time in different conditions and making photos appear more neutral in situations of over-exposure. It also allows for shooting at a very shallow depth of field, so users can isolate their subjects from backgrounds to create stunning portraits. To make bright images clearer, the EX2F also includes Dual IS (OIS and DIS) to minimize the effect of shaking – particularly useful in low-light situations.
Housed in a sleek yet durable body, more commonly found on DSLR models, the EX2F combines high-end image quality with convenience and speed. For those accustomed to the level of creative control on DSLRs, the EX2F allows for shooting in RAW mode for professional standard pictures.
The EX2F also encompasses Full Manual Control as well as Aperture and Shutter Priority modes. The Dual Dial and front wheel keys also allow users to quickly and easily adjust exposure for effortless pro-style control. This is all combined into a body that is compact and light, making it possible to carry the camera anywhere for spontaneous shots without having to carry a weighty DSLR.
Bright and intuitive display
The 3.0” Swivel AMOLED display is perfect for lining up great shots and viewing them under any light conditions – and does so whilst consuming little battery power. The screen responds swiftly and displays images in high contrast, while the swivel display allows picture-taking from low and high angles – even self-portraits. The screen also incorporates Samsung’s Smart Panel user interface, which integrates all parameters into one display for easy control over the end result.
Shooting and sharing from anywhere
The EX2F is the latest in Samsung’s SMART CAMERA range of Wi-Fi-enabled cameras, which provide a combination of high-quality imaging paired with connectivity. Wi-Fi enables the secure storage of images through Auto Backup to a PC or saving to the Cloud. In addition, sharing to social networking sites such as Facebook or Picasa is easy.
The EX2F’s Mobile Link opens doors for connectivity with smartphones, without even having to resize images or video. Users can also access the Remote Viewfinder to use their smartphone’s screen to frame shots from a variety of angles. Through the SMART LINK button, all these functions can be accessed with one touch for simplified sharing and storage.
Nick White, Head of Digital Imaging, Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, said “The EX2 is the perfect camera for both those that are used to a DSLR and the photographers that are looking for better image quality and control than a standard point and shoot. The added benefits of WiFi and a sleek design make this camera one of our most innovative yet.”
Samsung EX2F Product Specifications
Image Sensor 12.4 effective megapixel 1/1.7” BSI CMOS
Lens F1.4 24mm 3.3x Lens
IS Dual IS (OIS + DIS)
Display 3.0” Swivel VGA AMOLED display
ISO Auto, 80~3200, (6400 ~ 12800 extended mode)
Image 12M, 10MP, 9MW, 8M, 8M(1:1), 5M, 3M, 2MW, 1M
Video Full HD 1080/30p (H.264)
* 3.3x optical zoom while recording video
Video Output AV, HDMI 1.4
Value-added Feature Live / Action / 3D Panorama, Smart Auto, Picture in Picture (Image / Movie), Split Shot, Artistic Brush,
Magic Frame, ND Filter On/Off, Dual Capturing, Continuous Shot(10M), High speed recording
Wi-Fi Connectivity Mobile Link, Remote Viewfinder, Social Sharing, Email, Sky Drive, Auto Backup, TV Link,
Bundle PC software iLauncher, PC Auto Backup, Samsung Raw Converter
Storage SDSC, SDHC, SDXC
Dimension (WxHxD) 111.9 X 62.0 X 28.9 mm
Weight 294.3g (without battery)
Accessory OVF1 (Optical View Finder), EM10 (External Microphone), SEF42A (GN.24 Flash)
* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 206,000 people in 197 offices across 72 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LED. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit http://www.samsung.com.