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Reviews: Samsung TL500 / Samsung EX1

by PhotoVideoOnline on 12/22/2010

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  • 10 Megapixel Rotating LCD Digital Camera
  • Optically advanced lenses for wide shots
  • Reduced image noise in low lighting with CCD sensors
  • View the swivel screen from any angle
  • Reduce bright spots and dark spots with Smart Range

Samsung EX1 review - A compact camera geared up for low light shooting
Whereas it used to be the number of pixels by which digital cameras were judged, the emphasis has shifted to how well cameras cope in low light conditions. The Samsung EX1 - known as the TL500 in the US - costs around £300 or US $430 and includes a bright f/1.8-2.4 Schneider lens that covers a 3x zoom range equivalent to 24-72mm on a 35mm camera. It also has a larger than normal 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor.
December 22, 2011
Samsung TL500 Review
Samsung's TL500 camera creates extremely sharp and vibrant photographs, thanks to one of the highest-quality lenses you'll find in a point and shoot camera. However, its high price and small zoom lens makes it a camera more suited to intermediate and advanced photographers. The TL500 -- known as the EX1 outside North America -- includes many advanced features, including a high-resolution, 3.0-inch AMOLED screen that can swivel and rotate away from the camera, which is impressive.
Samsung EX1 review
The new Samsung EX1 digital camera is designed for the serious photographer. A DSLR photographer looking for an easy-to-carry digital camera. The camera specifications of the Samsung EX1 are really interesting. Not only the 24mm F1.8 Schneider Kreuznach ultra-wide zoom lens is making a difference, the 3-inch AMOLED display with swiveling function are also details that will make a photographer curious. Direct competition is to be expected from the Canon PowerShot G12, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and the Nikon Coolpix P7000 digital camera. The high-quality 1/1.7-inch format image sensor with a resolution of 10 Megapixels is also a typical feature of an advanced compact digital camera.
24th November 2010
Review – Samsung TL500/EX1
The Samsung TL500 (its name in the USA, elsewhere in the World it’s known as the EX1), unlike the Panasonic LX3 and LX5, or Canon G11, G12, S90 and S95, is the first digital compact that made it through the harsh scrutiny of post impulse interest. But will it survive the real world torture test of unrealistic expectations?
9th November 2010
Thoughts: Samsung TL500 (EX1) digital camera
One of the most exciting fields in photography (at least for me) is that of the premium compacts. These are the models at the top of the point-and-shoot market, built for hobby shooters who could get a DSLR (or already have one) but want something smaller and with a fixed lens for one reason or another. These cameras have limitations, but on the whole they tend to take great pictures for their size, can be used by people at any skill level, and cost about $400-500.
3rd November 2010
Samsung TL500/EX1 Review
Samsung has created quite the competitor to Canon and Panasonic's "compact prosumer" type models, such as the PowerShot S95 and Lumix DMC-LX5. The Samsung TL500 (aka the EX1 in Europe) is a compact yet powerful digital camera that is packed with high-end features and plenty of exposure control. Some of its key features include a super fast f/1.8, 3x optical zoom lens (24 - 72mm equivalent), large 1/1.7" image sensor, 10-megapixels of resolution, a rotating 3.0-inch AMOLED display, durable metal body, creative controls, Li-ion power source, and loads of useful exposure modes.
20th October 2010
Samsung EX1 Review
First look at Samsung's high-end compact offering
Samsung announced it would be entering the high-end compact market earlier this year. With early excitement coming in the way of the super fast f/1.8 Schneider lens and vari-angle AMOLED display, does the camera live up to the hype – and is it enough to fend off fierce competition from Canon and Panasonic?
25th August 2010
Samsung EX1 10-Megapixel Digital Camera Review
When people think of manufacturers who make compact digital cameras, few will probably think of Samsung. Though recently, it seems Samsung has been building more photographic equipment, and been doing a great job of it too. The latest compact digital camera from Samsung to reach the market is the EX1. With its compact metal body, an impressive F1.8-2.4 optical zoom lens capable of 24mm at the wide-angle and an articulated screen, it looks like Samsung is serious about their cameras.
29th August 2010
Samsung TL500 Review
The Samsung TL500 is a stylish, yet serious, compact camera that offers a lot of potential for the discerning photographer looking for a lot of power in a pocket size. The TL500 (EX1 outside the US) goes head to head with the likes of the Canon G11/G12 and Panasonic LX3/LX5 in terms of features and performance.
So is this powerful pocket shooter good enough for the control freaks out there? Read on to find out.
25th August 2010
Samsung TL500
Samsung's TL500 digital camera is a 10-megapixel point and shoot with an f1.8–2.4 Schneider-Kreuznach (35mm-equivalent) 24-72mm lens—one of the fastest and one of the widest lenses available on a point-and-shoot camera. It is also RAW capable.
The TL500 offers video capture at rates of 15 and 30 frames per second, full manual or auto control, a hot shoe for an auxiliary flash, image stabilization and ISO to 3200.
16th August 2010
Samsung EX-1 review
The Samsung’s strength is its combination of features, performance and value for money. It’s not the best-handling high-end compact, but it does the job. The question is: do cameras like this have a future when they’re up against a new generation of big-sensor hybrids?
Samsung's pulling out the big guns with the EX-1 -- a fully featured, high-power compact designed to take on the likes of the Canon PowerShot G11 and Panasonic's new LX5. With its super-bright f1.8 lens, back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a price tag as low as £320, it looks like it's got every chance.
13th August 2010
Samsung EX1
A compact digicam with a fast, high-quality 3x zoom lens, P/A/S/M shooting modes and support for raw file capture - but only VGA video.
The 10-megapixel EX1 is the new flagship of the company's compact digital camera range. It features a new high-performance 1/1.7-inch (7.6 x 5.7 mm) CCD sensor plus a fast Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan lens with 3x optical zoom (24-72mm equivalent). It also boasts a 3-inch, swivelling AMOLED screen that provides users with a higher contrast ratio, deeper blacks and more accurate colours under most lighting conditions.
August 2010
Samsung EX1 Review
The Samsung EX1 is one of the most advanced compact digital cameras on the market. It is packed with features that will attract the hobby photographer. These include full manual controls and a 3x wide angle lens with a fast f/1.8 aperture lens. There is also a flip out and twist LCD screen.
The EX1 passed my photo tests with flying colours. To my mind Samsung have produced an exceptional digital camera.
August 2010
Samsung TL500 Review
The Samsung TL500 is a largish compact camera with some very desirable features. The 10mp 1/1.7" CCD sensor, 24-72mm (equivalent) f/1.8-2.4 Schneider-Kreuznach lens (with a real lens cap), coupled some higher end controls and a very nice 3" 614k dot OLED swivel LCD, make for a package that instantly has a lot of appeal to photo enthusiasts.
August 5, 2011
Samsung TL500 / EX1 Review
The Samsung TL500 / EX1 is a worthy competitor to existing compact system cameras. It is built well, has excellent handling, and looks professional in its black body. It has excellent image quality at the low ISOs and very good image quality up to ISO 400, and even ISO 800 (especially if you shoot in RAW).
The TL500 / EX1 has lots of dials and control buttons to make its operation intuitive. It’s one of those rare cameras that feels right as soon as you pick it up. Beware though, due to the limited real estate, the ISO and AEL can be easily and inadvertently changed / set, so you’ll need to be careful and keep an eye on the screen display.
30th July 2010
Samsung EX1 Digital Camera Review
With the boom in mirrorless DSLR system cameras like the Panasonic Lumix G2, Samsung NX10, Olympus Pen and Sony NEX-3, you could be forgiven for thinking that the market for top-end compact cameras is on its way out. Of course, the thing about system cameras is that, ultimately, they are still on the large side compared with true compacts so there will always be an opportunity for classy compacts. These are cameras aimed at discerning users who want high quality images, controllability of camera settings and the flexibility of Raw shooting. The Canon G-series has done well by offering such features and the Samsung EX1 is targetted at that type of photographer too.
13th July 2010
Samsung EX1
Japanese manufacturers traditionally associated with the world of the expert compacts have pretty much given up on the sector, with the sole exception being the Canon G11. Now, it seems, an ambitious Korean set on world domination is here to breathe new life into a market some considered dead and buried. With the EX1, Samsung is seeking to make an impression with a camera that shows off the best of its technical ability. It has an ultra-fast zoom lens, a great range controls and settings, a high-end design and finish, a flash hot-shoe and an AMOLED swivel screen ... need I go on?
9th July 2010
Samsung TL500/EX1 Review
As DSLRs have become less expensive, the number of people keen to buy high-end, manually controllable compact cameras has fallen away - so long as camera size isn't an issue, the benefits of a larger sensor are hard to resist. However, because size is a concern for some people, the sector didn't die-off entirely and, in July 2008, Panasonic introduced the DMC-LX3, finally giving an alternative to Canon's well-respected G-series.
July 2010
Samsung EX1 Review
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.
1st July 2010
Samsung EX1 Digital Camera Review
Both photography enthusiasts and DSLR users searching for a decent compact unit to add to their current kit read on because Samsung’s EX1 may very well be the camera you are looking for.
This neat but gutsy little unit is equipped with some 10-megapixels and a 24mm wide-angle lens that will ensure you’re able to capture ample amounts of the scenes you come across and create during your photography exploits.

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