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One of the best quality compact cameras available.
Enlarged sensor and f1.8 lens make it a top compact for low light situations
Easily as good as Panny LX5 or Canon S95, just doesn't have the name as yet....

Previous lowest price was £319.99

Typical review:
http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-cameras/review/2010/12/09/Samsung-EX1/p1
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/samsung_ex1_review/conclusion/
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/samsung-ex1-13954

Blurb:
"The Samsung EX1 (also known as the Samsung TL500) is a new 10 megapixel compact camera aimed at serious photographers. The pocketable EX1 features a large 1/1.7” CCD sensor, bright f/1.8 lens with a 3x focal range of 24-72mm, and a 3 inch swivelling AMOLED screen. If that doesn’t pique your interest, the EX1 also offers an external flash hotshoe, RAW shooting mode, ISO 80-3200, Dual Image Stabilization technology, Smart Range (High Dynamic Range) and full manual control over exposure."
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#1
I've been waiting for the Canon S95 to drop to this sort of price however you've got me thinking now... should I go for this instead?


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#2
going into the shop and have a play with both.
buy which one feels better to you. Although the price difference would sway me :)
#3
Looks good for a compact.
#4
I've read very good things about this camera, personally I would go with the Panny LX5 in this sector but that's only because I have used lots of panasonic cameras and have always enjoyed them and the results. Also it just seems a little 'wrong' to spend £250 on a camera from a budget brand, I know that's a little short sighted as it's a very good camera. X)


Edited By: Adidas Addict on Feb 11, 2011 18:05
#5
"One minor disappointment is the video recording mode. While its main rivals can shoot 720p HD video, and some compacts can shoot full 1080p video with stereo audio, the EX1 is limited to 640 x 480 resolution at 30fps, with mono audio. "

Shame, I might have bought one if it did HD video.
#6
I wouldn't call Samsung a budget brand, they don't have the pedigree of some brands in the world of digital camera, but neither did panasonic not so long ago. F1.8-2.4 is impressive on a zoom lens.
#7
Budget Brand? Oh please, informed opinions only please. Samsung have had an alliance with Pentax for a few years now and have produced great DSLRs.

I own this camera, and have done since it was launched June 2010. It is nothing short of excellent. The IQ is top notch and some argue better than the LX5 and S95. Note that both those models are often reported as being lesser than their predecessors.

The lens really is a strong point here. Also the wonderful AMOLED swivel screen. You really don't want to go back to a cam with no swivel screen after using this.

Price here is exactly what I paid 9 months ago from PCW, tho that was unusual. This is a great price.

You should go and try all these cams as they are all different beasts. This is large but only if compared to the S90, which a friend has and is very pleased with. That can be got for this price too if you look.
#8
Seriously good review on Trusted Reviews. Haven't seen many better:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-cameras/review/2010/12/09/Samsung-EX1/p1

However, I just don't get these large compacts. They're not small enough to fit in your pocket so you still need a shoulder bag. You may as well just get an SLR. It offers so much more in the way of versality and usability. Plus the upgrade opportunities are endless. Get yourself an SLR with the Sigma 18-200mm OS lens on ebay and you've got yourself something that one of these things just can't match on any level.
#9
carleast
Seriously good review on Trusted Reviews. Haven't seen many better:


http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-cameras/review/2010/12/09/Samsung-EX1/p1


However, I just don't get these large compacts. They're not small enough to fit in your pocket so you still need a shoulder bag. You may as well just get an SLR. It offers so much more in the way of versality and usability. Plus the upgrade opportunities are endless. Get yourself an SLR with the Sigma 18-200mm OS lens on ebay and you've got yourself something that one of these things just can't match on any level.

This will easily go in a jacket pocket, and although large by compact standards, is way smaller than any SLR and is aimed at a quite different market.
#10
Anyone old enough to remember the national Tv advertising campaign for Samsung fronted by Simon Cadell. OK, thought not...
I can see how someone might consider Samsung a budget brand for digital cameras since most folks know of them only from those chunky budget models sold by supermarkets (which probably have very little input from Samsung themselves; just a badge job). They've also had much more innovative designs going back which are typically very slim, feel well made and are nicely finished. Recall the NV3 was enthusiastically adopted by digiscopers for some time.

I think typically these "advanced amateur" cameras might well appeal to someone who already has a DSLR outfit, wants a holiday from it but doesn't want to be without a decent camera they have some control over.
#11
@carleast: this is not large, just not as small as titchy compacts. Easily coat pocketable, not jeans pocketable. But in that sort of range you'll struggle to match IQ.
These are a totally different breed than any DSLR. Of course its a given that pretty much any dslr will outperform any compact - but a dslr with 200mm zoom will never fit in your pocket. You're comparing, well not apples with oranges, but oranges with tangerines,b perhaps.
I have this and a dslr (very small in its class) and even though IQ of my Pentax is better, I find I'm increasingly using the ex1, purely on portability.
#12
JayDubya
@carleast: this is not large, just not as small as titchy compacts. Easily coat pocketable, not jeans pocketable. But in that sort of range you'll struggle to match IQ.
These are a totally different breed than any DSLR. Of course its a given that pretty much any dslr will outperform any compact - but a dslr with 200mm zoom will never fit in your pocket. You're comparing, well not apples with oranges, but oranges with tangerines,b perhaps.
I have this and a dslr (very small in its class) and even though IQ of my Pentax is better, I find I'm increasingly using the ex1, purely on portability.

Fair enough. I agree that if you're wearing a jacket that it's going to be pocktable. But for 4 months a year plus all holidays in warm-hot places I don't wear a jacket so a shoulder bag would still be needed.
#13
I bought one of these from Curry's about a year ago for the same price. It is a pretty good compact. However, I actually found that I preferred the Samsung WB600 that I got for £100 from Tescos. The WB600 takes great outdoor shots but is pretty poor indoors. The bright lens of the EX1 is its key selling point but it is let down by poor image stabilisation. So the EX1 was not as good as I had hoped for indoor shots. Personally I found the lack of zoom an issue. The camera is great for landscapes but not such a good choice for portraits. The extra reach of an S95 (105mm) would have been better for me. In the end I sold the EX1 (on Ebay for the same price I paid for it) and got a Sony NEX5 on the BestBuy offer so only cost me £280. So far I am really happy with the NEX5 though when I want something pocketable I use the WB600.
#14
GadgetHunter
I bought one of these from Curry's about a year ago for the same price..


Hmm, this was released in June last year....
#15
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Edited By: jough on Jul 28, 2011 08:37: info

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