Amazon has a killer deal on a Samsung NX2000 20.3MP CMOS Smart WiFi 4/3rds camera. They are selling the body with a 20-50mm lens for $199.99 shipped. The list price on this model is $649.99 and almost everyone else is selling it for $100 more.
Even the refurbished versions of this camera with lens are selling for $279.99 on Amazon. New versions are going for $299.
The cheapest alternative listed in Google Shopping is $260. The Amazon deal beats this by $60.
The Samsung NX2000 has stellar reviews anywhere you look on the Web. It has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon with 46 customer reviews. There is a similar 4.5 star rating on Google Shopping with 28 reviews.
Photographyblog gives this camera 4.5 star rating. PCMag gives it 3.5 stars. DigitalCamerReview.com gives is a 4 star rating.
No comparable 4/3rds cameras are currently at this $200 price point. However, there are many good choices if you are willing to spend more.
- The Olympus E-PM2 is a stellar choice. Those willing to buy the gray version can buy it for slightly over $300.
- The Panasonic Lumix GX7 is an amazing camera, but you are looking t ospend closer to one thousand dollars for it.
- Fuji has some great options, particularly in the form of the X-T1, but it costs a small fortune at $1300 for just the body alone.
The Amazon deal on the Samsung NX2000 for $200 shipped with a 20mm-50mm lens is the best I’ve seen. The only comparably priced cameras I’ve seen in this category are the Nikon 1 J1 cameras. Those cameras were relatively obsolete though with just 10.1MP. The Samsung deal is for a camera that has been on the market for barely a year. The only aspect that would concern me is being stuck with the Samsung architecture. While they make great electronics in many areas, the brand isn’t as proven as Nikon, Canon or even Olympus and Fuji. The real costs from cameras with interchangeable lenses usually arise from buying new lenses and not the initial investment in the body with stock lens. Still, it would be hard to go wrong at this very attractive price point.