Samsung EX1 review

A compact camera geared up for low light shooting

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Signal to noise ratio

JPEG images

Samsung ex1 review jpeg signal to noise ratio
Samsung ex1 review jpeg signal to noise ratio

JPEG from the Samsung EX1 put in a better performance than the Fujifilm X10, Nikon Coolpix P7100 and the Canon PowerShot G12 across the entire sensitivity range for signal to noise ratio.

Raw images

Samsung ex1 review tiff signal to noise ratio
Samsung ex1 review tiff signal to noise ratio

Raw images from the Samsung EX1 have a better signal to noise ratio than the Canon PowerShot 12, but results lag behind those of the Fujifilm X10 and Nikon Coolpix P7100.

Dynamic range

JPEG images

Samsung ex1 review jpeg dynamic range
Samsung ex1 review jpeg dynamic range

The Samsung EX1's JPEGs contain a wide tonal range at all sensitivities, beating all but the Canon PowerShot G12 at the higher end of the sensitivity range.

Raw images

Samsung ex1 review tiff dynamic range
Samsung ex1 review tiff dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Samsung EX1's raw files have a greater dynamic range at the lower end of the sensitivity range than the comparison cameras, and whilst overtaken by the Fujifilm X10 at ISO 200 and the Nikon Coolpix P7100 at ISO 800 the EX1 still captures a good amount of tonal detail in the shadows and highlights.

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