Samsung's EX2F Compact Camera Has A Wonderfully Wide Aperture

When Sony announced its RX100 pro compact last month, we ogled over the wide f/1.8 aperture, made possible by its spacious one-inch sensor. But Samsung just raised the stakes a little with its EX2F, which somehow manages a f/1.4 aperture combined with only a 1/1.7-inch sensor (that's the same-sized sensor as the S100!)

In addition to a 12.4-megapixel CMOS Sensor, the EX2F has a 24mm lens, full manual controls, a 3-inch AMOLED display, RAW support, Wi-Fi and the ability to shoot 1080p video at 30fps. It's even lighter than its predecessor, the EX-1 (294g vs 356g). Expect to see this premium compact in stores sometime around August for around $600. [Samsung]


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    Looks good would love a review to see if the optics are sharp at 1.4 or is it just for light. But like the idea of wifi can send to phone right away

    I'd buy it, but its too expensive. So much so that DSLR's are now selling around this price point (yes I understand its a P&S camera and that theyre designed for different purposes etc etc etc, but still!).

    Me want.

    I was just comparing this to the Sony RX100 which has a much bigger sensor but slower lens and worked out the FF equivalent apertures. Sony does better a the wide end and Sammy at the tele end

    Sammy is a 4.65x crop sensor, Sony a 2.7x crop sensor

    Sammy
    f/1.4 * 4.65 = f/6.5 FF equivalent
    f/2.7 * 4.65 = f/12.6 FF equivalent

    Sony
    f/1.8 * 2.7 = f/4.9 FF equivalent
    f/4.9 * 2.7 = f/13.2 FF equivalent

    So at the wide end Sony can give you less DOF for better subject isolation, while at the tele end it's close with the edge to Sammy. However, both are terrible here and you will get little DOF control. In reality the Sony probably has the edge as it's 100mm FF equivalent at tele vs 80mm for the Sammy. So if you set the Sony to 80mm FF equivalent, you'll probably be a little better than the Sammy anyway. Combine this with a much larger sensor and I'd say Sony is still the better choice.

    Wifi is a nice touch.

    "... the wide f/1.8 aperture, made possible by its spacious one-inch sensor..."

    Sensor size doesn't have any effect on the aperture of a lens. Sensor size does alter the effective focal length, e.g. a 16mm focal length on a full frame DSLR is equivalent to a 10mm focal length on a crop-sensor camera with a crop factor of 1.6. You could have said that due to the increased effective focal length when moving to a larger sensor, that a given aperture will produce more of a bokeh effect (that background blur), but it's not that the sensor could make an f1.8 aperture possible in a certain lens. Think about detachable lenses: they're designed independently of the camera body, and their maximum aperture is purely down to that, i.e. the lens design.

    Nice Pics. Samsung EX2F compact camera is very lightweight.Features is Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, 12.4 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, HD video shooting at 1080/30p, camera holds a SMART LINK button which if you click then will get access to all these functions, Dual IS, Dual IS and many more. http://www.techiecop.com/cameras/samsung-cameras/samsung-ex2f-compact-camera-review.html

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