The New Samsung EX2F’s F1.4 Lens Might Not Outdo Sony’s 1 Inch Sensor

Oh my! Where did this come from? It looks like Samsung just announced a new compact camera out of nowhere! And what a compact it is! It’s called the EX2F and is the successor to the previous EX1 / TL500 model, wich was already an awesome little snapper in its own right. But the EX2F ups the ante quite a bit, and might just be setting a whole new standard for the “photographer’s compact” section.

First off, the EX2F has the brightest lens ever built into a digital compact. Starting at f/1.4 at its 24mm-equivalent setting, it only goes down to f/2.7 at its maximum focal length of 80mm-equivalent. f/1.4 — f/2.7! Even at its longest position, the lens is still brighter than where most compacts even start! The body is made from durable magnesium and features a pronounced grip as well as enough buttons and dials to satisfy even the most fastidious of photographers.

On the back, the main feature is the bright 3″ AMOLED tilt-and-swivel display. Being a WiFi-enabled “SMART CAMERA”, the EX2F supports features like using an Android device as a remote viewfinder and trigger, or uploading pictures directly to your PC or laptop. The 1/1.7″ back-illuminated CMOS sensor now sports 12.4 megapixels, and ISO sensitivity goes from 80 to 3200. Since this is an enthusiast’s camera, it also comes with the possibility to save RAW files. Videographers will be satisfied to hear that the EX2F supports Full-HD 1080/30p video recording.

Here at TPB headquarters, we’re all going nuts over this camera and can’t wait to get our hands on one for testing. With a feature set like this, the EX2F is probably the most advanced and most awesome enthusiast’s compact ever to hit the market. If you’re just as excited about this camera as we are, then you might want to know that it will be available for purchase in August for an MSRP of US-$ 549.

It will also be interesting to see how it performs against Sony’s RX100 with a larger sensor but an f1.8 lens. More specs after the jump.

Samsung EX2F Specifications

Sensor 1/1.7″ BSI-CMOS
Resolution 12.4 megapixels
ISO range Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Image stabilization Optical
RAW mode yes
Focal length range 24 – 80 mm
Max. Aperture f/1.4 – f/2.7
Screen 3″ tilt-and-swivel AMOLED
Flash (built-in) Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow syncro, Manual
Flash hot-shoe yes
Video recording Full HD 1080/30p H.264
Microphone stereo
Storage SD / SDHC / SDXC
Connectivity USB 2.0, HDMI, WiFi
Dimensions 112 x 62 x 29 mm (4.41 x 2.44 x 1.14″)
Weight (w/ battery) 294 g (0.65 lb / 10.37 oz)

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