I assume the NX2000 is fairly similar to the NX1000. I haven't looked into what the real differences are. Kind of hard to keep track since Samsung keeps cranking out new models (NX10, NX100, NX1000, NX20, NX200, NX2000, NX30... jesus Samsung!)... but I recently bought an NX1000 for around $300, which I think is a great price for a camera that gives you tons of control, has a huge sensor and potentially DSLR-style performance. It's taken me a while, but as I dig deeper into the system, I'm finding more and more functionality that I think is easy to overlook if you only use the camera for a short time. For instance, there's an option in the NX1000 (and I assume other models) for focus assist zoom. It'll auto-focus, but if you hold the button half-way then use the manual focus ring, it will zoom in so you can see the fine details a little better making it easier to focus. So even in "Smart" mode, you have some manual control over focus. There's also a way to set your "smart button" to lock exposure if you have it set on auto-exposure. So you can point at something to have it set the auto-exposure, lock it, then move off that subject elsewhere and keep the same exposure settings. The various display modes (showing histogram or balance/level, etc), the option to up to 30 second exposures or up to 4 minute in "bulb" mode, a pseudo time-lapse mode by using the faster or slower video options (up to 100fps or so in VGA type resolution, but you can also take "slower" video which acts like time lapse even though they don't advertise it that way). There are so many options just buried, even on the "smartish" modes that give you quite a bit of control that I think these cameras are definitely worth $300... $600, for me, was a little bit of a stretch but I think $500-600 isn't too bad if you have some skill with photography and can make use of all the settings. I'm still learning, but $500-600 still beats $800-1200 if you don't plan on making money off the photographs.