Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Samsung EX2F belongs to a Small Sensor Compact category, the other model, Samsung EX2F is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Samsung EX2F comes with BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 12.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Nikon 1 V1 features a 10.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - Compact and MirrorLess. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Samsung EX2F and Nikon 1 V1 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Samsung EX2F Key Features:
Nikon 1 V1 Key Features:
|Wireless Connectivity||Built-In vs No||Better connectivity|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP vs 10.0 MP||16.7% more pixels|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Max Shutter Speed||vs 1/16000||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Fixed Type||Flexible shooting positions|
|Weight||294 g vs 383 g||89 g lighter|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||11.5 vs 11||Better dynamic range|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Area||116.16 mm2 vs 41.52 mm2||64.3% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps vs No fps||10 fps faster|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Dxo Color Depth||21.3 vs 20||Better color depth|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||346 vs 209||Better High ISO performance|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Viewfinder||Electronic (optional) | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||0k dots | 921k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP | 10.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||No | No||No Face Detection|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Samsung EX2F and Nikon 1 V1 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Samsung EX2F is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 89g less than the Nikon 1 V1. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Samsung EX2F and Nikon 1 V1 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Samsung EX2F features a 12.0 MP 1/1.7" sized BSI-CMOS sensor . Nikon 1 V1, in its turn, comes with a 10.0 MP 1" sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Samsung EX2F and Nikon 1 V1 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Nikon 1 V1 is equipped with a sensor that is 0.4x larger than the one featured in Samsung EX2F. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Samsung EX2F and Nikon 1 V1 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Samsung EX2F||Nikon 1 V1|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Samsung EX2F or Nikon 1 V1, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Samsung EX2F and Nikon 1 V1 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Samsung EX2F deserves a higher Total Score than the Nikon 1 V1. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Samsung EX2F||Nikon 1 V1|
|Announced||Dec 18, 2012||Jan 20, 2012|
|Body Type||Compact||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Dimensions||7.44 x 5.58 mm||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||41.52 mm2||116.16 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000||3872 x 2592|
|Max Native ISO||3,200||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Nikon 1|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||13|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||2.7x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||135|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||0k dots||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||1,440k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||s||1/16000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||fps||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow syncro, Manual||Auto, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||48||54|
|DxO Color Depth||20.0||21.3|
|DxO Dynamic Range||11.5||11.0|
|DxO Low Light ISO||209||346|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||294 g||383 g|
|Physical Dimensions||112 x 62 x 29 mm||113 x 76 x 44 mm|
|Battery Life||n/a||350 shots|
|Battery Type||n/a||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|