Samsung’s EX2F Compact With Wi-Fi And Ultra-Fast ƒ1.4 Lens

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Samsung's Smart camera loves to let in light.

Samsung’s new Wi-Fi-enabled EX2F compact is a nice example of Apple-like design thinking: In order to do some things really well, it sacrifices other options. Instead of the indecisive kitchen-sink approach of Microsoft to its Surface, Samsung has laser-focused the design of the EX2F. But that’s not to say it lacks features.

Wi-Fi is the headline feature, as it was with the previous model in this range. But now the maximum aperture of the lens is a wide-open ƒ1.4, double that of the EX1’s ƒ1.8, and letting in four times as much light as the ƒ2.8 typically found on compact cameras.

The compromise comes with the zoom — there isn’t one. The 24mm lens is fixed, so you’ll have to do some walking. Some whiners might call this a “deal-breaker,” but for many others a zoom with a murky maximum of ƒ3.5 or worse is a “deal-breaker,” too. It’s nice to see a camera maker doing something bold.

The 12MP sensor is also fairly large, at 1/1.7-inches (this means that it rivals many high-end compacts, but not DSLRs), and there is a built-in neutral-density filter, which can cut out light on bright days and let you still use the lens wide open to blur backgrounds.

Other features are a three-inch flip-out screen, 1080p video, full manual control and the ability to remote-control the camera from your phone.

The EX2F will be available in August for $550.

  • Aidan Taylor

    sorry but how is that anything like an apple product?

  • MrMLK

    Actually, this camera zooms from 24-80 (equivalent). The press release is a bit poorly worded, but you can see this in the table at the bottom:

    Lens F1.4 24mm 3.3x Lens

    The 3.3x is the zoom range.

  • Aaron

    Excuse my ignorance, but why is a fast lens with a non-removable neutral density filter a good thing? The ND filter will eliminate most if not all of the benefit of having a fast lens.

    Looking at the picture of the camera, it’s clear from the writing around the lens that this is a zoom lens. The aperture goes from ƒ1.4 to ƒ2.7.

  • MrMLK

    Excuse my ignorance, but why is a fast lens with a non-removable neutral density filter a good thing? The ND filter will eliminate most if not all of the benefit of having a fast lens.

    It’s useful because it is optional. Most of the time you leave it disengaged, but on very sunny days, the camera might not be able to have a fast enough shutter speed to get a good exposure at F1.4. The ND can then be engaged to block three stops of light and cut the required shutter speed by a 87%.

  • Poramate S.

    Would it kill Cult of Mac’s writers if they aren’t allowed to throw jabs at Microsoft? This is announcement about camera. Not closely related to Surface at all.

    I bet that if Microsoft released camera like this, the first thing you would say that “its simplistic design is clearly influenced by Apple, but it lacks features compared to competitors’ products.”

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