Samsung EX2F Review

4.0
September 3, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 12 megapixel Superfine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 4Mb.

The Samsung EX2F produced images of very good quality during the review period. Noise doesn't become obvious until ISO 800, along with a slight softening of fine detail, and then becomes progressively worse at the faster settings of ISO 1600 and 3200. The fastest speeds of ISO 6400 and 12800 are really only worth using as a last resort.

Chromatic aberrations were also very well controlled, with some limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The 12 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpen setting and require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera sharpening level.

Macro performance is excellent, allowing you to focus as close as 1cm away from the subject. Commendably barrel distortion is well controlled even at the 24mm wide-angle focal length. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and adequate overall exposure.

The anti-shake system works well when hand-holding the EX2F in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range. The maximum shutter speed of 16 seconds allows the camera to capture enough light for most after-dark situations. The HDR feature effectively expands the dynamic range by combining two shots taken at different exposures, while the extensive range of Smart Filters make it easy to customise the look of your JPEGs.

Noise

There are 9 ISO settings available on the Samsung EX2F. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:

JPEG RAW

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

N/A

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening level if you don't like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Focal Range

The Samsung EX2F's 3.3x zoom lens provides a focal length of 24-80mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

24mm

80mm

File Quality

The Samsung EX2F has 3 different image quality settings available, with Superfine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

12M Superfine (5.30Mb) (100% Crop) 12M Fine (3.01Mb) (100% Crop)
   
12M Normal (1.74Mb) (100% Crop) 12M RAW (26.1Mb) (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

The Samsung EX2F handled chromatic aberrations very well during the review, with limited purple fringing mainly present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Samsung EX2F offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 1cm away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

The flash settings on the Samsung EX2F are Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, and Red eye fix. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (80mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (80mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. As you can see, the Auto setting didn't cause any amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)

Night

The Samsung EX2F's maximum shutter speed is 16 seconds in the Manual or Shutter Speed Priority modes, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 16 seconds at ISO 80.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

Anti Shake

The Samsung EX2F has an anti-shake mechanism, which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras. To test this, I took 2 handheld shots of the same subject with the same settings. The first shot was taken with anti shake turned off, the second with it turned on. With anti shake turned on, the images are noticeably sharper than with anti-shake turned off.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length

Anti Shake Off (100% Crop)

Anti Shake On (100% Crop)

1/8 sec / 24mm
     
1/4 sec / 72mm

Smart Filters

There are 15 Smart Filter effects that you can apply to your JPEG images.

Normal

Miniature

   

Vignetting

Ink Painting

   

Oil Painting

Cartoon

   

Cross Filter

Sketch

   

Soft Focus

Fish-eye

   

Old Film

Half Tone Dot

   

Zooming Shot

 
 

HDR

The HDR mode effectively expands the dynamic range by combining two shots taken at different exposures.

HDR Off

HDR On

Live Panoramas

The Samsung EX2F allows you to take panoramic images very easily, by 'sweeping' with the camera while keeping the shutter release depressed. The camera does all the processing and stitching and successfully compensates for moving subjects.

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3 inch LCD, compact, 1080p, 12 megapixel, manual, RAW, cmos, 24mm, 10fps, samsung, AMOLED, advanced, ex2f, ex2f review, Samsung EX2F Review, 3.3x lens

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