Samsung NX2000 expands compact system camera range

Samsung has added a new compact system camera to its line-up for those who can't quite stretch to the recently released NX300. It offers many of the features of the pricier high-end model - which garnered four-and-a-half stars in the Pocket-lint review - but will be lighter on the pocket.

At its heart, the Samsung Smart Camera NX2000 features a 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100-25,600, and can shoot in RAW and JPEG. It is also the second of Samsung's cameras to boast compatibility with the company's optional 3D lens solution, so can also create three-dimensional images. And 1080p video can be captured in 2D or 3D (with the lens).

Its connectivity options are plentiful, with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support (Smart Camera 2.0) and NFC on board, so you can simply tap it on a compatible device to instantly open an app and wirelessly transfer photos.

The NX2000 differs from the more expensive NX300 in that its rear touchpanel is TFT-LCD rather than OLED. However, its 800 x 400 resolution is the same. It's also 3.7-inches, so larger (1,152k dots).

Samsung says continuous shooting can be done at 8fps, and the battery is 1,130mAh, but hasn't revealed how long that will last in operation.

The NX2000 will be available in early June for £499 in pink, white and silver, and, like the NX300, come packaged with a copy of Adobe Lightroom 4.