With the new NX3000, Samsung's hoping to lure price-conscious beginners. The entry level interchangeable-lens camera swaps out the huge 3.7-inch touchscreen interface of the old NX2000 for a smaller, 3-inch (non-touch) LCD and a traditional button interface.
Over the last couple of years, Samsung has been quietly building out a strong interchangeable-lens camera system. As with competitors like Sony, it's experimented with different models and price points. At $US529 bundled with a 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens, or just $US479 with a 20-50mm, the NX3000 comes in way cheaper than its predecessor. Australian pricing and availability is yet to be announced.
With the exception of the new interface, the camera's mostly unchanged. It packs a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity, full HD video at the usual frame rates, and continuous shooting speeds up to 5fps. For the money, the camera is a solid alternative to the otherwise dominant Sony cameras.