There's a new trend starting to emerge in the digital camera realm, and if you haven't noticed it yet, you likely will this coming year. CSC's, or 'compact system cameras' are what this new trend is all about. A compact system camera takes it's features and design traits from both SLR style digital cameras, and also compact-style digital cameras. A CSC gives you the power of having a larger sensor size, interchangeable lenses, interchangeable flashes, and many other SLR style accessories, but with only one catch - it's not an SLR. A CSC camera eliminates the whole-mirror box and pentaprism design of the SLR in favor of a much thinner and lighter body design with a static sensor behind the lens.
One of Samsung's first introductions to the CSC field was with their NX10 camera. The NX10 looked every bit like a regular SLR - it had interchangeable lenses, a pop-up flash, a built-in viewfinder and live preview screen, and a nice large body to give that authentic feel. However, the NX10 was actually a compact system camera, and lacked the whole mirror-box and pentaprism setup that a real SLR would have! Just recently, Samsung has released their second mainstream CSC camera, the NX100. The NX100 is a much smaller camera, and many of the SLR-style features have been done away with. The NX100 has no optical viewfinder built-in, nor does it have a flash, and the body is much thinner like a traditional compact camera. Many great accessories make it easy to add a flash, optical viewfinder, or even GPS unit onto this model.