I've talked a lot about Sony's NEX-7, which is the best compact (sort of pocket) camera on the market. It has 24 megapixels on an APS-C sized sensor, giving this camera more resolution than all DSLRs that don't use a full-frame sensor (or medium format). Sony did a fantastic job designing the NEX-7 and they didn't cut corners.
Considering that the NEX-7 outperforms some DSLR's that cost over $2,000, the asking price of $1,350 (including a lens) seems very reasonable.
There is another camera that I have not talked about, but could be a very good alternative to the NEX-7: the Samsung NX200.
The NX200 has 20 megapixels on an APS-C sized sensor, giving it almost as much resolution as the NEX-7. The difference between 20 and 24 megapixels isn't huge and shouldn't be a deal breaker for anyone.
The NX200 does have some advantages over the NEX-7. First, the NX200 has lower noise at high ISO than the Sony model. This could be huge if you do a lot of low-light photography. Next, Samsung has more (and some say better) lenses available for the NX200 than Sony has for the NEX-7. The NX200 does better at producing accurate skin tones. The NX200 has a shoe for an external flash, while the NEX-7 doesn't. Also, the NX200 has a better, more intuitive user interface. Finally, the NX200 is slightly smaller and lighter.
That's not enough to make the NX200 a better camera than the NEX-7, but a price tag of $900 (including a lens) might convince you to choose the Samsung over the Sony. Amazon had the NX200 on sale yesterday for $750. That's 45% less than the NEX-7 for a camera that is almost as good!
I don't think there is much debate that the NEX-7 is the better overall camera. Right now, the NEX-7 is the best compact camera on the market and it even bests a number of DSLRs.
But the NX200 is a close second best, and it's a better value.
If money is no object, the Sony NEX-7 is the camera to get. If you are on a budget (and who isn't these days?), the Samsung NX200 is great compromise, delivering the image quality you want for less money.