Ridgefield Park, NJ—Samsung Electronics launched the EX2F, the latest model in its Wi-Fi enabled Smart camera line. The new model is engineered to deliver super-bright photography thanks to its f/1.4 aperture lens, which Samsung claims is the brightest in any compact camera. And the EX2F can store and share images remotely using Wi-Fi functionality.
The EX2F is geared for DSLR owners looking for more portable equipment, and for photographers looking for a step-up in quality from their point-and-shoot models while retaining ease of use and portability.
“We created the EX2F to show that taking great pictures doesn’t have to involve carrying a heavy and bulky DSLR wherever you go. Because the best shots often arise when you least expect them, the EX2F delivers manual control and stunningly bright image quality in a body that is small and light enough to carry around every day. It’s the perfect compact on-the-road companion for the DLSR user who expects the best image quality with full creative control,” said Myoung Sup Han, senior vice president and head of Samsung Electronics’ digital imaging business. “The inclusion of Samsung’s pioneering Wi-Fi technology also means that you can share those images straight from the camera, giving you the freedom to shoot and share wherever the journey takes you.”
The EX2F’s wide-angle 24mm f/1.4 lens helps deliver clear images and video even in very low light and is approximately four times as bright as an f/2.8 lens. The lens is said to deliver a “20% increase in the amount of light on the sensor, a 20% increase in image quality and a 10% increase in zoom ratio.” And, its low-light capabilities are enhanced by a 1/1.7-inch 12.4 megapixel BSI (backside illuminated) CMOS sensor.
The lens also incorporates a neutral density (ND) filter, giving users greater control over exposure time in different conditions and making photos appear more neutral in situations of overexposure. It also allows for shooting at a shallow depth of field, so users can isolate subjects from backgrounds. To make bright images clearer, dual IS (OIS and DIS) works to minimize the effect of shaking.
The EX2F provides full manual control as well as aperture and shutter priority modes. Dual dial and front wheel keys allow users to switch between parameters and modes quickly for greater manual control. Also featured is 1080/30p Full HD movie recording with stereo sound, and users can capture 12MP photos and video simultaneously using the dual capture function, so that any scene can be shot as both photo and video.
For those accustomed to the level of creative control on DSLRs, the EX2F shoots in RAW mode and boasts a 3.0-inch swivel AMOLED display that incorporates Samsung’s Smart Panel user interface, which integrates all parameters into one display. This is all combined into a high-intensity magnesium “DSLR-quality” body that is compact and light, making it possible to carry the camera anywhere for spontaneous shots.
The EX2F’s Wi-Fi connectivity enables the secure storage of images through auto backup to a computer or saving to the cloud. It also permits sharing directly to social networking sites, or pictures can be sent via e-mail. The camera’s Mobile Link opens doors for connectivity with smartphones, without having to resize images or video. Users can also access the remote viewfinder function to use their smartphone’s screen to frame shots from a variety of angles. All these functions can be accessed with one touch through the Smart Link button. $499. samsung.com