Samsung EX1 review

A compact camera geared up for low light shooting

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Samsung ex1 review

Its comparatively low price and large range of features make the Samsung EX1 an interesting prospect for anyone looking for a low-light capable compact camera with manual controls. And used with care, it can deliver excellent results, especially when it comes to dynamic range at low ISO sensitivities.

Unfortunately the 10MP CCD sensor on the Samsung EX1 doesn't deliver the same kind of quality at high sensitivities that some of the latest backlit CMOS sensors do, with noise in shadow areas becoming an issue from ISO 800 onwards.

However, low light performance is still pretty good, thanks to the bright f/1.8 lens.

We liked

Good build quality, an excellent 3-inch screen, raw image recording, manual exposure control and excellent dynamic range at lower sensitivities are among the strongest features of the Samsung EX1.

Given its competitive price, if these features appeal to you, then it could be an excellent value purchase.

We disliked

Noise performance at high sensitivities isn't up to the level set by the latest backlit CMOS technology, so the Samsung EX1 may not be as suitable as other compact cameras for handheld shooting in low light.

The camera's fiddly rear control dial and slow continuous shooting speed may also be offputting for some.

Final verdict

If you're after a well-built camera with decent enough low light performance, with manual control, raw image recording, an excellent rotating screen and a wide angle zoom lens, then at £260, the Samsung EX1 may represent an excellent value choice.

With its main area of strength being the dynamic range it delivers at low ISO sensitivities, this could possibly be one of the best value pocket cameras for those who shoot landscapes regularly in good light, or at low ISO settings with a camera support.

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