Samsung is often overlooked when considering cameras, but its NX Series of compact system cameras is well worth investigating.
Based around an APS-C sized sensor, similar to the Sony NEX series, this results in a crop factor of 1.5x. A reasonable selection of lenses is available to choose from, with most popular focal lengths covered.
The latest iFunction lenses enable common functions such as ISO, aperture and exposure compensation to be adjusted via the manual focus ring on the lens, providing an intuitive method for manual control.
Price: £260/US$370/AU$400 (with 20-50mm lens)
Spec: 20.3MP, 1080p video, 3-inch LCD screen, Wi-Fi
Although the NX1000 lacks the quality feel of the other NX cameras, it provides a lot of functionality. And given that it has the same sensor and processor, it should produce comparable images at a more attractive price.
Read our Hands on: Samsung NX1000 review
Price: £300/AU$600 (with 18-55mm lens) Not sold in the US
Spec: 14.6MP, 720p video, 3-inch AMOLED screen, EVF
Samsung's NX11 has more conventional DSLR styling and is the only current NX series camera to sport a electronic viewfinder. The same 3-inch AMOLED screen found on other NX cameras is also fitted to the NX11.
A 14.6MP CMOS sensor should provide ample resolution for most users, and HD videos can be recorded at 720p resolution. A lens priority mode provides optimised exposure settings for the attached lens and scene. Pressing the iFunction button on the lens enables the correct parameters to be entered quickly and simply.
Read our Samsung NX11 review
Price: £500/US$800/AU$800 (with 18-55mm lens)
Spec: 20.3MP sensor, articulated touchscreen, Wi-Fi
It's clear that a lot of consideration has gone into not only what the Samsung NX300 should do, but also how it is achieved, since you're never more than a couple of clicks away from any setting you need to change. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is bundled with this camera in a bid to appeal to enthusiast-level photographers.
Image quality is very good, and features such as a 1/6000 maximum shutter speed and 0.08 second autofocusing speeds also make it very appealing.
Read our full Samsung NX300 review
Samsung Galaxy NX
Price: £1,300 (with 18-55mm lens) US/AU prices TBC
Spec: 20.3MP sensor, Android Jelly Bean OS, Wi-Fi/NFC, 4.8-inch TFT
Samsung's Galaxy NX stands out from the other compact system cameras on the market for a number of reasons. It's the first interchangeable lens camera to feature the Android operating system, following on from last year's Samsung Galaxy Camera, a compact camera.
It also has a 4.8-inch touchscreen and is almost devoid of any physical buttons. Naturally, it is equipped with Wi-Fi and NFC capability.
The 20.2 million pixel APS-C sized sensor is joined by a Drime IV Image Signal Processor.
Read our Hands On: Samsung Galaxy NX review