Samsung TL500 / EX1

  • Samsung TL500 / EX1
79
Based on 49 scores, 71 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    14
  • Good:
    19
  • Average:
    13
  • Bad:
    3

Pros:

  • Solid design, Highquality flipout LCD, RAW image shooting
  • The Samsung TL500 has an attractive design and a bright flip-and-twist display.
  • Excellent dualimage stabilization, Incamera retouching for RAW images, Solid image quality, Beautiful tiltandswivel OLED screen, Ultrawideangle lens with F1.8 maximum aperture.

Cons:

  • No HD video recording, Mediocre JPEG quality, Slow shooting speeds
  • Some irritating control placements, inconsistent photo quality, and an uninspiring feature set tarnish the TL500's appeal.

Expert reviews and ratings

By TechRadar on 60

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...

By TechReviewSource on 60

The Samsung TL500 is a 10-megapixel digital camera that has a 3-inch flip-out LCD display and a really solid design. Some of the features include RAW shooting and optical & digital image stabilization, but the camera's image quality is only...

By cnet on 72

Less than the sum of its parts, the Samsung TL500 is a solid camera, but it just can't keep up with veteran players in the competitive enthusiast compact...

By T3 Magazine on 100

Lets start with the good, for feature set, performance and price, we believe this Samsung’s most successfully realized digital camera to date – and that includes its forages into DSLRs and compact system cameras. A strong statement to make -...

By DigitalVersus on 80

As a first attempt at an expert compact, the Samsung EX1 is certainly a success. It's a nice camera to use, with decent performances to match. It does have a few small teething problems, most of which could probably be corrected by a simple firmware...

By DigitalCameraReview on 80

With great image quality and low light performance, the Samsung TL500 is positioned as a serious threat to G12 and LX5 class...

By PCWorld on 70

The Samsung TL500 has some drool-worthy specs and shoots great photos, but it stumbles on usability and video quality....

By RegHardware on 70

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...

By Thom Hogan's Nikon Field Guide on 67

There's a lot to like in the TL500, though mainly for raw shooters, as the JPEGs are over managed. The controls are recognizable and straightforward. The display is gloriously bright and easy to see, plus the swivel is exceedingly useful (plus it...

By EISA on -

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...

By Canadian Reviewer on 80

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...

By Best4Reviews on 83

Though we’re writing this before taking a look at its new NX100 model, the EX1 has got to be the most impressive digital camera Samsung has produced to date, whether true compact or DSLR-styled mirror-less hybrid model. OK, so it’s not set...

By Trusted Reviews on 90

To say there is competition between Samsung and Panasonic is something of an understatement. They are the Chelsea and Arsenal of the consumer electronics world, arch rivals in almost every field in which they operate, and not least in the...

By PC Mag on 60

Samsung's TL500 delivers beautiful images even in poor lighting, but for a pocket camera it has a big body and a big price tag—and it doesn't do HD video. Buy it...

By FutureLooks on 70

The EX1 is a good camera with some minor flaws. There are a few interface issues but nothing particularly annoying. The dual stabilization mode is a nice idea but mostly unnecessary. However, the problem is the price puts it to close to the range of...

By Enticing the Light on -

The compact camera segment is one that has left me without hope of a decent camera for a long time. Since 2003 I’ve had in my arsenal the gamut of digital compacts ranging from fast super zooms to the highly portable to the control freak Canon G...

By TechSmart.co.za on -

The Samsung EX1’s f1.8 lens kicks other cameras’ back-ends and is especially welcome for portrait photography, while it is also sufficiently wide at a very decent 24 mm. With good low-light abilities, strong build quality and a gorgeous...

By Steves Digicams on -

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...

By Overclockers Online on -

The Samsung EX1 has definitely made quite the entrance into the prosumer camera market. With an extremely bright lens, solid build quality, and image quality to boot, the EX1 is definitely a good choice for a professional looking for a compact, and...

By Digital Camera Buyer on 100

An impressive all round compact camera available at a reasonable price point. Aimed more at the intermediate to professional photographer wanting a compact alternative to an SLR to hand when shooting.Overall ...