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Samsung EX1 / TL500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 480 reviews of Samsung EX1 / TL500. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.4/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Views about the screen and lens are on the whole positive. The usability and portability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the connectivity and shutter, and reviews about the contrast and focus are different.

performance, portability, usability, lens, screen

battery, flash, shutter, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung EX1 / TL500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Cliff Smith (

Samsung EX1


Samsung's impressive semi-pro compact takes on the G12 and LX5.

Very fast lens ; Easy to use ; Very good image quality

Limited resolution ; Annoying shutter control ; Disappointing noise control

The Samsung EX1 is an outstanding camera by any standard, offering superior performance, build quality and handling, a high level of creative control and a good range of useful features. Under most circumstances its image quality is also superb,...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Samsung EX1 review


High-performance compact at great price

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Gary Wolstenholme (

Samsung EX1 review


A compact camera geared up for low light shooting

3-inch rotating AMOLED screen ; Manual exposure control ; Raw image recording ; Bright f/1.8 lens ; Good build quality

Red channel noise in shadow areas above ISO 800 ; Slow continuous shooting speed ; Fiddly rear control dial

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...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : PC Advisor (

Samsung EX1 review


The Samsung EX1 is a compact digital camera that caters to the needs of professionals and enthusiast photographers, yet it's not expensive.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan, (

Samsung TL500 review


Like the Canon PowerShot G12, the Samsung TL500 comes equipped with a flip-and-rotate screen to help with odd-angle shots. Like the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX5, it offers an ultra-wide-angle 24mm lens (and a separate lens cap). And like the Nikon Coolpix...

The Samsung TL500 is an excellent camera, and its F1.8 maximum aperture and OLED screen are excellent in a camer of this type. But usability issues make it less than ideal for both novices and expert users.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Tim Smalley (

Samsung EX1 review


Samsung's EX1 is a very good camera that enthusiasts will love. It's got an excellent lens and the articulated screen is useful, but it doesn't quite do enough to beat the cheaper LX3.

Aug, 2010

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (

European Advanced Compact Camera 2010-2011 - Samsung EX1


The Samsung EX1 is a very solidly built and high-quality compact camera for demanding hobby photographers. The high-quality, super-fast, 24-70mm F1.8-2.4 wide angle zoom lens allows photography in low-light conditions without the photographer having to...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : Amateur Photographer (

Samsung EX1 review


If Samsung's aim in producing this less-than-mass-market model is to boost the value of its brand within the ‘serious' photographic sector, I'd say the company has taken a massive step in the direction of success.The camera is really very good, and the...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : James Cumpsty (

Samsung EX1 compact camera


Review While Samsung's NX100 APS-C sensor camera is making life difficult for those deciding on compact EVIL shooter, the company's considerably cheaper EX1 is beginning to look like a bargain these days. Shop around and you can pick it up for under...

Built like you remember the most expensive rangefinder cameras of old, the EX1 is a heavy, armoured beauty in gun metal grey and is the most rugged camera I have picked up. What must have started out as an enthusiast's retro styled project, must...

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla (

Review: Samsung EX1 10 Megapixel camera


The digital era of photography has done a fine job of re-creating the SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera, but what about the equally awesome, yet inexpensive rangefinder? Samsung's EX1 looks like very good place to start. Check our review after the break.

Dec, 2010

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Voice Recording: Yes


Battery Capacity:1130
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:SLB-11A
Power source type:Battery


Album organization: Yes
Camera playback:movie, single image, slide show, thumbnails
Custom colour: Yes
Direct printing: Yes
Image editing:resizing, rotating / resizing, rotating, trimming
Photo effects:black&white, Neutral, Vivid / Negative film, Skin tones, Vivid
Scene modes:Backlight, beach, Children, Close-up (macro), Documents, dusk, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Sunset / beach, Children, Close-up (macro), Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait / Beach, Children, Close-up (macro), Documents, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Sunset
Self-timer delay:2,10
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent L, Tungsten / auto, Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent, manual, Tungsten / auto, Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten


Energy Star certified: No


Colour of product:Black / Grey
Product colour:Black / Grey


Display:AMOLED / LCD
Display diagonal:7.62
Display resolution (numeric):921000


Flash Modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / auto, fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):0.5 - 2.5
Flash range (wide):0.3 - 5.2
Flash recharging time:5


Auto focusing (AF) modes:centre weighted auto focus, multi point auto focus / centre weighted auto focus, multi point auto focus, selective auto focus
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual / Manual
Macro focusing range (tele):0.5 - 0.8
Macro focusing range (wide):0.01 - 0.4
Manual focusing range (tele):0.5 - ∞
Manual focusing range (wide):0.01 - ∞
Normal focusing range:0.3 - 5.2/0.5 - 2.5 / 0.4 - ∞/0.8 - ∞ / 0.40 - ∞
Normal focusing range (tele):0.8 - ∞
Normal focusing range (wide):0.8 - ∞

Lens System

Digital Zoom:3
Focal length range (f-f):24 - 72 / 5.2 - 15.6
Optical Zoom:3

Light exposure

ISO sensitivity:80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto
ISO sensitivity (max):3200
ISO sensitivity (min):80
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:aperture priority AE, manual, shutter priority AE / aperture priority AE, shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot / Centre-weighted, Spot


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / SD, SDHC
Internal Memory:1024 / 22
Maximum memory card size:8
Memory slots:1


Bluetooth: No
Wi-Fi: No

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 2.4
Built-in Flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:1/8 - 1/1200 / 16 - 1/1500
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP/2000/Vista\nMacOS X 10.3 +
Date imprinting: Yes
Digital SLR:No / Yes
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):24 - 72
Frame: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:USB 2.0
Minimum system requirements:Mac OS 10.3 + / USB\nCD-ROM
Power supply type:DC
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact Camera
Image Sensor Size:1/1.7
Image stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:3648 x 2736
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):1024 x 1024,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536,2592 x 1464,3264 x 2448,3648 x 2056,3648 x 2736 / 1024 x 768,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536,2592 x 1944,3264 x 2448

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
USB version:2.0

System requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:110 / 250
Minimum processor:Pentium III, Power Mac G3
Minimum RAM:256
Minimum storage drive space:110 / 250


Full HD: No
HD type: No
Maximum Video Resolution:640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video formats supported:H.264 / H.264, MP4
Video recording: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.9 / 2.92
Height :6.3 / 6.32
Weight:160 / 300 / 356