Samsung EX2F Review: A Great Point and Shoot

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Image/Video Quality
      • 9
      • Features
      • 10
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 10
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Expandability
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 9.20
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Excellent Schneider zoom with a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture
    • Intuitive control layout
    • Very impressive noise mangement
    • Decent battery life
    • Easily usable by both beginners and advanced shooters
  • Cons

    • Battery charges in the camera
    • Would prefer a little more zoom

Quick Take

Looks can be deceiving - this is not your standard P&S. The EX2F impresses us with its retro design, f/1.4 lens and its straight shooting.


Samsung cameras often provide better performance than their competition at the same price point, and that\’s the case with the EX2F.  After reviewing this nifty little digital camera for the last few weeks the EX2F is now a benchmark point-and-shoot digital camera, according to the experts at DigitalCameraReview. In a bold claim, DCR suggests, \”If you want to channel the spirits of some of the greatest photographers who ever lived, hang this elegant little Samsung camera around your neck and walk some urban avenues for an adventure in straight shooting.\”

\"SamsungThe EX2F may look a bit retro and unergonomic, but it responds almost as if it were an extension of the photographer. In hand, the little EX2F feels just right. All controls are logically placed and come easily.

The EX2F\’s strongest appeal will be to straight-shooters  because it was clearly designed for reactive photography. The EX2F is an almost perfect straight shooter\’s camera — it is not intimidating to subjects, very responsive, and capable of dependably producing first-rate 12 megapixel RAW format digital negatives, jpeg image files, or HD video clips.

The EX2F is obviously targeted towards advanced users, but this digicam offers much for mainstream shooters as well — it is user friendly with icon driven menus, a well designed Smart Auto mode, and an adequate selection of scene mode settings.

The EX2F would be a good choice for couples (or families) with one advanced photographer and a casual shooter spouse or significant other.  After heavily using the EX2F for the past several weeks, DCR awards this snazzy little camera one of its highest ratings.


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