Samsung recently announced the launch of the EX2F, the latest model in its growing range of Wi-Fi-enabled SMART cameras. Following the success of the EX1 that featured a F1.8 lens, the new model is engineered to deliver super-bright photography, thanks to its F1.4 lens, which they claim is the brightest in any compact camera. The high image and video quality of the EX2F also comes with ability to store and share images remotely using Wi-Fi functionality. Samsung claims that by encompassing full manual control in a strong, but lightweight body, the EX2F is ideal for DSLR-owners looking for more portable equipment to capture images spontaneously and subtly. This model is also suitable for photographers looking for a step-up in quality from their point-and-shoot whilst retaining ease-of-use and portability.
The EX2F combines a number of features to deliver incredible picture quality in all conditions. With the segment-leading advanced F1.4 24mm lens, the wide range of aperture steps delivers clear images and video, even in very low light conditions. These are easily controlled using the professional front wheel key and dual dials, which enable switching between parameters and modes quickly for greater manual control. The low-light capabilities of the EX2F are also added to by the 1/1.7-inch 12 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, which delivers clear, blur-free images – even when shooting objects in low-light situations.
Going to hit shelves by August
Samsung claims that by fusing quality with creativity, 1080/30p Full HD movie recording with stereo sound allows users to capture video in high enough quality to enjoy on a Full HD TV. The EX2F also allows still 12 Megapixel photos and video to be captured simultaneously using the dual capture feature, so that any scene can be shot as both photo and video.
The brand states that the EX2F's F1.4 24mm wide-angle lens is approximately four times as bright as an F2.8 camera lens. A further development is that the lens unit now consists of eleven elements in nine groups, with four aspherical lenses and two high refractive lenses. They state that combined, these provide a 20 percent increase in the amount of light on the sensor, a 20 percent increase in image quality and a 10 percent increase in zoom ratio.
The lens on the EX2F also incorporates a Neutral Density (ND) filter; giving the user greater control over exposure time in different conditions and making photos appear more neutral in situations of over-exposure. It also allows for shooting at a very shallow depth of field, so users can isolate their subjects from backgrounds to create stunning portraits. To make bright images clearer, the EX2F also includes Dual IS (OIS and DIS) to minimize the effect of shaking, which is particularly useful in low-light situations.
Samsung states that by being housed in a sleek, yet durable high-intensity magnesium body, more commonly found on DSLR models, the EX2F combines high-end image quality with convenience and speed. For those accustomed to the level of creative control on DSLRs, the EX2F allows for shooting in RAW mode for professional standard pictures.
The EX2F also encompasses full manual control as well as aperture and shutter priority modes. The dual dial and front wheel keys also allow users to quickly and easily adjust exposure for effortless pro-style control. This is all combined into a body that is compact and light, making it possible to carry the camera anywhere for spontaneous shots without the complication and intrusiveness of a weighty DSLR.
The 3-inch swivel AMOLED display is perfect for lining up great shots and viewing them under any light conditions and does so whilst consuming little battery power. The screen responds swiftly and displays images in high contrast, while the swivel display allows picture-taking from low and high angles even self-portraits. The screen also incorporates Samsung's Smart Panel user interface, which integrates all parameters into one display for easy control over the end result.
The EX2F is the latest in Samsung's SMART camera range of Wi-Fi enabled cameras, which take the combination of high-quality imaging paired with connectivity to a new level. Wi-Fi connectivity enables the secure storage of images through Auto Backup to a PC or saving to the Cloud. In addition, sharing to social networking sites such as Facebook or Picasa is easy – or pictures can be sent via e-mail.
The EX2F's Mobile Link opens doors for connectivity with smartphones, without even having to resize images or video. Users can also access the Remote Viewfinder to use their smartphone's screen to frame shots from a variety of angles. Through the SMART LINK button, all these functions can be accessed with one touch for simplified sharing and storage.
As of now, there is no word on pricing or availability of this Wi-Fi enabled camera in India, but judging by its cost in the U.S., which is $549, we can expect it to be priced at around Rs. 30,039 here. As for the launch date, we can expect it to hit shelves in India by next month.
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