In the compact camera market manufacturers will go a long way to make their product stand out: Carl Zeiss or Leica lenses for instance offer a certain cachet. The Samsung EX2F has several features that make you want to look closer; it has a Schneider Kreuznach lens, with an f1.4 aperture. It has built in WiFi to help you share or back-up your pictures and it is housed in a chassis of magnesium alloy. Are these things enough in this very tough market sector?
The EX2F is a sturdy but light camera with a magnesium alloy chassis, it is fitted with a Schneider Kreuznach 5.2mm – 17.2mm lens (equivalent to 24-80mm in full frame 35mm). Schneider, if you are unfamiliar with them, are a German lens manufacturer known especially in the professional market for their large format lenses. Optically this lens has 11 elements arranged in 9 groups, 4 elements are aspheric and 2 are made of high refractive index glass. The lens boasts an impressive f/1.4 aperture, this is for the wide angle end of the scale and makes it one of the fastest lenses in its class. The maximum aperture drops to f2.7 at the telephoto end of the range. To allow users to utilize the shallow depth of field that such a lens creates a neutral density filter is built in for when the light levels are higher.
The range of features is fairly standard, the only special features being that the image stabilization utilizes both optical and digital techniques (Described as Dual IS) and that there is a fairly comprehensive WiFi system which allows for backing up, sharing, remote control and remote viewing (via an app on a smartphone – Android or iOS). The ISO Range is between 80 and 3200 but can be extended a further two stops up to 12800 ISO if required. As one would expect it will shoot full HD video and captures 12mpix stills at the same time.