FIRST LOOK: Samsung EX1 Compact With Schneider Kreuznach Lens

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Samsung today launched a new EX 1 low light digital camera that incorporates a 24-millimetre bright ultra-wide angle Schneider Kreuznach, f/1.8 lens which, according to the company, is the first time such a bright and wide lens has been offered in a compact camera.

Launched at the PMA event in Melbourne this morning, SmartHouse first saw the camera earlier this year.

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It has one of the best lenses I have seen in a compact camera sub $500. The Schneider Kreuznach 24mm ultra-wide F1.8 lens allows users to capture images normally associated with a digital SLR camera.

Set to compete head on with the Panasonic Lumix LX3 the new Samsung EX has a 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor and an ISO up to 3200 at full resolution.

One of the standout feature is the flip out 3″ OLED screen which delivers an excellent viewing angle and a significantly better image that most other flip out screens we have seen on digital SLR camera’s.  

The downside to this camera is that it lacks a good video capability however it is ideal if all you want to do is shoot great images. Another weakness is the 3X zoom which weakens it’s performance up against some of the ultra-zoom models from Nikon, Canon and Panasonic.

The image sensor called the DRIMeIII is brand new and has been developed from the ground up by Samsung engineers. It also has intelligent scene modes, which allow users to instantly switch to an appropriate scene mode both inside and outside.

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And like most premium compact cameras the EX1 has an auto function capability such as image stabilisation that eliminates problems when shooting scenes on the move.

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