While Samsung only entered the digital camera space a few years ago, its NX series of interchangeable-lens cameras has come a long way.
Its latest series, consisting of the NX210 and NX1000 models, not only puts Samsung on the map but gives the company the lead, at least in image resolution.
Both new NXs offer jaw-dropping 20.3-megapixel images, the highest resolution for any compact interchangeable-lens cameras.
The secret is the powerful Samsung-developed APS-C CMOS sensor, which not only adds more pixels but provides a maximum ISO of 12,800 for extra sensitivity when shooting in low-light environments. That power also means full HD video at 1080p and a full-resolution burst-shooting mode at eight frames a second.
Then there is the AMOLED display, which stays clear and bright even under harsh sunlight.
Another cool feature for the new NX models is the built-in Wi-fi, which lets you connect them to the internet or to other devices, such as mobile phones, TVs or tablets. It doesn't exactly let you surf the web, but it does come with an e-mail client, so you can send photos to your friends, and a photo uploader for social network sites Facebook and Picasa. You even get 10 Smart Filters to add special effects to photos before sharing them.
The NX210 kit with an 18-55mm lens is listed at US$899, while the NX1000 - available in white, black, or pink - is listed at US$699.
Pros: 20.3-megapixel, powerful sensor, AMOLED display, built-in Wi-fi
Cons: compatible only with Samsung's NX lens (only nine available)