Samsung upstages Sony with f/1.4-equipped EX2F point-and-shoot for $549
Samsung’s been flaunting its WiFi-equipped Smart cameras throughout the last year, but with a generally significant trade-off in image quality, we haven’t been terribly impressed. This 12.4-megapixel CMOS shooter packs an f/1.4-2.7 lens — quite a feat for any point-and-shoot — along with a full-size hot shoe, dual image stabilization, a top ISO setting of 12,800 (extended), a 24-79mm 3.3x lens and a 3-inch swivel VGA-resolution AMOLED display. That’s in addition to the full manual shooting mode, RAW option, 1080/30p HD video capture and the standard plethora of WiFi options, including Remote Viewfinder and Auto Backup.
Accessory add-ons include an optical viewfinder, external mic and a secondary flash (a smaller pop-up model is built-in, and retracts when not in use). There’s no hint of pricing or availability, but with that industry-leading f/1.4 lens, pro-level features and AMOLED display, we’re certain that the EX2F won’t come cheap. Samsung has confirmed that the camera will be priced at $549, and is scheduled to hit stores in August.