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Hands-on with the Samsung EX1
Leonard Goh | Mar 03, 2010




                       The 3-inch swiveling AMOLED display. (Credit: Leonard Goh/CNET Asia)


At the Samsung Southeast Asia and Oceania forum held in Singapore yesterday, the Korean chaebol showed off
its latest products ranging from 3D TVs to notebooks, e-books and more. But what caught our attention was
the EX1 which, when announced last month, was touted as the "LX3 killer".


We spent a brief moment handling the shooter and found it to have an excellent build. The metal chassis felt
robust and exuded a professional feel, much like the LX3's. The handgrip, though chunky, was non-obtrusive
and offered a firm hold on the camera. The controls were well-laid out and could be easily accessed.
                              The control dial on the handgrip. (Credit: Leonard Goh/CNET Asia)


Speaking of controls, the EX1 has three dials for adjusting shooting parameters. There is the rear wheel, front
dial on the handgrip and a control ring around the lens barrel that is reminiscent of the Canon PowerShot S90.




Around the lens barrel is the control ring. The unit on the showfloor had a non-working ring, so we weren't able to turn it to see
                                what functions it can control. (Credit: Leonard Goh/CNET Asia)
                               The rear of the camera. (Credit: Leonard Goh/CNET Asia)



We spoke to one of Samsung's executives regarding the array of wheels and knobs, and he said the EX1 takes
the best bits from all the advanced point-and-shoots on the market. He was referring to the LX3, S90 and G11.




                               The top of the camera. (Credit: Leonard Goh/CNET Asia)


What the EX1 imitates from the G11 is the swiveling LCD. The 3-inch AMOLED display can flip out from the
camera's body and is able to tilt and swivel.
The Samsung camera has a popup flash which can be activated via a switch at the top of the shooter.
Alternatively, users can attach an external flash on the hotshoe.




                 The flash pops up from the camera, just like the LX3. (Credit: Leonard Goh/CNET Asia)


The unit on the showfloor was only a prototype, so we weren't able to fully test out the EX1's performance and
image quality. That's something we will analyze in-depth when we get the review unit.




                           A closer look at the mode dials. (Credit: Leonard Goh/CNET Asia)
       The battery and SD/SDHC card cover. (Credit: Leonard Goh/CNET Asia)




The right side of the EX1 houses the connection ports. (Credit: Leonard Goh/CNET Asia)

				
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Description: At the Samsung Southeast Asia and Oceania forum held in Singapore yesterday, the Korean chaebol showed off its latest products ranging from 3D TVs to notebooks, e-books and more. But what caught our attention was the EX1.