Samsung EX1 review

A compact camera geared up for low light shooting

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Samsung ex1 review

A combination of high quality plastics and metal parts make up much of the Samsung EX1's construction. A brushed metal finish has been applied to the compact camera's front panel, which helps to give an overall impression of high quality with the finish. A sculpted rubber grip provides a comfortable hold, although the same finish on the rear on the thumb rest would be more comfortable to hold.

Full manual control is available and direct controls are provided, giving easy access to exposure controls.

A narrow dial located around the buttons on the rear adjusts aperture values, and the small click wheel inset into the rubber grip provides control of the shutter. Pressing the click wheel allows exposure compensation to be adjusted, without having to dive into menus. The dial on the rear can be a little awkward to operate, due to its narrow width, resulting in accidental button presses if not used with care.

Samsung ex1 review

A maximum shutter speed of half a second in aperture priority mode may be a little limiting for some photographers, but longer exposures up to 16 seconds can be selected in shutter priority and in full manual mode.

Two mode dials on the top of the camera provide quick access to the range of exposure programs and drive modes.

Continuous shooting (at a fairly pedestrian rate of just over 1.6fps), along with single shot and self timer modes can be selected via the drive mode dial. When continuous shooting is selected, the camera defaults back to superfine JPEG quality, because raw files can't be recorded in this mode.

On the rear of the camera the controls are well laid out, with a one-touch button for quick access to video recording.

Samsung ex1 review

The articulated 3-inch AMOLED screen is very clear and easy to compose images with, even in bright conditions. Having a resolution of 921,000 dots, pictures look sharp, with plenty of contrast.

Menus are clear and easy to read and logically laid out, which makes most settings on the Samsung EX1 easy to find.

The screen can be rotated through 270 degrees when flipped out to the side of the camera body, and can be closed away to protect the screen from damage.

Samsung ex1 review

A small flash unit is revealed by sliding a catch on top of the Samsung EX1. This low-powered unit is useful for fill in at close distances, and is raised up around 1cm above the camera when activated.

A standard ISO flash hotshoe with connections for TTL operation with a dedicated Samsung flash unit is provided. Although the hotshoe is a standard fitting, we couldn't get any of our manual flash units to fire during testing.

Autofocus is reasonably quick, and the bright maximum aperture of the lens aids fast focusing in low light conditions. An orange AF assistance lamp illuminates your subject in very dark conditions, and although this is very useful, the high intensity of the light can lead your subject squinting when taking portraits in dark conditions.

The Samsung EX1 is quite a responsive camera in use. Even though it can take around five seconds to write a raw plus superfine JPEG image to a Class 10 SD card, the camera is ready to take another shot almost instantly.

Delays are only encountered if you attempt to switch the camera off straight after taking an image.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyEX
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
Optical Zoom3x
Digital Zoom3x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Manual White Balance, Aperture Priority
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)356 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size1/1.7" (7.60 mm x 5.70 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeOLED
Height64.6 mm
Width114.4 mm
Depth30 mm
Product SeriesEX
Focal Length5.20 mm to 15.60 mm
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelEX1
Product NameEX1 Compact Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-EX1ZZZBPBGB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Samsung EX1 will certainly turn heads with its ultra-wide 24mm F1.8 Schneider KREUZNACH lens with 3x zoom. You will also be impressed by the photos you take, guaranteeing you'll get the most out of every moment - especially the light. With the EX1's high-performance 1 / 1.7" CCD sensor, you'll be taking the best possible photos in even the darkest conditions. It's time to get snap happy.

Package Contents
  • EX1 Compact Camera
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Manual
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap Strap
Limited Warranty1 Year