Samsung targets the enthusiast photographers with the TL500 / EX1 — a high-end compact digital camera with a bright F1.8 3x optical ultra wide angle zoom lens (24-72mm equiv.), built-in Optical Image Stabilization, a high sensitive 10MP (1/1.7-in.) CCD sensor, and a 7.6-cm (3.0-in.) swivelling AMOLED display (920k-dot) in a very professional-looking all-black metal body.
Samsung is definitely vying for the same crowd that buys the Canon G11, S90 and Panasonic LX3. Its F1.8 (W) – F2.4 (T) lens is one of the brightest available: the Canon G11 has a F2.8 (W) – F4.5 (T) 5x 28-140mm (equiv.) lens, the Canon S90 has a F2.0 (W) – F4.9 (T) 3.8x 28-105mm (equiv.) lens, and the Panasonic LX3 has a F2.0 (W) – F2.8 (T) 2.5x 24-60mm (equiv.) lens.
The 3.0-in. swiveling AMOLED screen allows shooting from pretty much any angle, including those tricky overhead and low-to-the-ground shots. AMOLED provides a higher contrast than LCD and allows for easier viewing in direct sunlight.
Other features advanced photographers will appreciate: RAW file support, PASM shooting modes, manual focus, EV (Front) Dial and Dual Dial.
Movie is 640×480 pixels at 30fps with monaural sound.
The Samsung EX1 is available in black and is priced at about US $450 (CAD $450).
Read our Samsung TL500 / EX1 review…
|US | CA | UK|
|Image Sensor||10.0 Megapixel, 1/1.7-in. High Sensitive CCD|
|Optical Zoom||3x (24-72mm equiv.)|
|Aperture||F1.8 (W) – F2.4 (T)|
|Image Stabilization||Lens-shift (Optical)|
|Media||SD / SDHC (up to 8GB); Approx. 22 MB Internal Memory|
|File Format||JPEG, RAW|
|Shooting Modes||Smart Auto, Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual Aperture Adjustment (above 8 steps)|
|Shutter Speed||Auto : 1/1,500 – 1/8 sec.
Program : 1/1,500 – 1 sec.
ASM : 1/1,500 – 16 sec.
Night : 1/1,500 – 8 sec.
Fireworks : 2 sec.
|Continuous Shooting||Yes [approx. 1.5fps]|
|Exposure Metering||Multi, Spot, Center-weighted|
|ISO sensitivity||Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (Fullsize)|
|Autofocus||TTL auto focus (Center AF, Multi AF, Selection AF, Tracking AF, Face Detection AF, Smart Face Recognition AF, Manual Focus)|
|Macro||5 cm / 2.0 in.|
Auto WB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom Set, Color Temperature
|Display Monitor||7.6 cm / 3.0 in. Rotating AMOLED, 920k-dot|
|Movie||640 x 480 @ 30fps, Monaural sound|
|Battery||Li-ion SLB-11A (TBD shots) included|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||114.4 x 64.6 x 30.0 mm / 4.5 x 2.5 x 1.2 in.|
|Weight (body only)||356g / 12.6 oz.|
|MSRP||US $449.99 / CAD $ / UK £395 / €387|
*Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Please consult manufacturer’s site for latest specifications.
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