Samsung Brings DSLR-Like Features To EX2F Compact Camera

The days of the conventional point-and-shoot may be winding down. With smartphones offering high-end optics (like in the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S III), there is a lessening need for P&S cameras. But that form factor sure is appealing, so what's a camera company to do? Change things up, of course. Samsung has just introduced the EX2F. It's a camera that fits the mold, form factor-wise, or a smaller point-and-shoot camera, but it's far more powerful. First off, it's Wi-Fi-enabled, and it's built with an f/1.4 lens that can pick up clear images even in extremely low light. Users can share photos immediately so long as there's a hotspot nearby, and professionals will appreciate the full manual controls. It's a nice split between a typical P&S camera and a full-on DSLR.

Other specs include a 1/1.7" 12 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 1080p30 video capabilities, and support for capturing stills while a movie is being shot. The EX2F's F1.4 24mm wide-angle lens is approximately four times as bright as a F2.8 camera lens, and this unit also incorporates a Neutral Density (ND) filter, giving the user greater control over exposure time in different conditions and making photos appear more neutral in situations of over-exposure. To make bright images clearer, the EX2F also includes Dual IS (OIS and DIS) to minimize the effect of shaking – particularly useful in low-light situations.

On the rear, there's a 3" swiveling AMOLED display, keeping you tuned in to whatever's happening in front of the lens. How much, you ask? $549.