Samsung has officially announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. The device
is the first camera-focused Android smartphone from the South Korean
manufacturer. With a 16-megapixel CMOS Sensor, 16x optical zoom, Optical
Image Stabiliser (OIS) and Xenon Flash, the smartphone might be an
interesting device for photography enthusiasts.
Staying in line with
the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD
display with a resolution of 540x960 pixels. It is powered by a 1.5GHz
dual-core processor and offers 8GB of internal storage expandable via
microSD card. Along with the 16-megapixel rear shooter, the device also
comes with a 1.9-megapixel front facing camera. The device runs on the
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system with Samsung's TouchWiz UI.
phone also comes with Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/5GHz (ac), NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE),
A-GPS connectivity options and a 2,330mAh battery. On the sensor front,
the device has Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyroscope and RGB
The smartphone camera hybrid comes with a dedicated
shutter button. Along with the hardware, Samsung has incorporated
various features and modes in the software of the device as well to add
to the camera capabilities of the device.
The ISO can be adjusted
up to 3200, something that is seldom seen in normal smartphones. The
hybrid can be used to click continuous shots at 4fps max with auto
focus. The camera also comes with up to 25 smart mode options. These
smart modes are namely Beauty face, Best photo, Continuous shot, Best
face, Kids shot, Landscape, Dawn, Snow, Macro, Food, Party/Indoor,
Action freeze, Rich tone (HDR), Panorama, Waterfall, Animated photo,
Drama, Eraser, Sound & Shot, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks,
Light trace and Smart mode suggest.
There is also an expert mode
with P/S/M/C options, presumably to let you click pictures in Program,
Shutter Priority, Manual and Custom modes, just like a camera.
has also introduced special functionalities to the 'Zoom Ring'. When
you're in the middle of a phone call, a twist of the Zoom Ring will
activate the in-call photo share feature. The feature lets you capture
and send an image directly via MMS to whoever you are talking to.
all these features, the phone will also come preloaded with Samsung
apps such as Samsung Hub, Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON, S Voice and S
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the last addition to the
Galaxy S4 family. Samsung had also recently announced the Samsung
Galaxy S4 Mini, a mid-range version of the Galaxy S4. The device has
specifications similar to Galaxy S4 Zoom. The South-Korean manufacturer
had also announced the Galaxy S4 Active, a rugged water and dust
resistant version of the Galaxy S4.
Mobiles launched in June 2013
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom key specifications
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD touchscreen display
- Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Dual-core 1.5GHz processor
- 8 GB internal storage, expandable up to 64GB via microSD card
- 1.5GB RAM
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/5GHz (ac), NFC and Bluetooth 4.0
- 16-megapixel rear camera with Xenon flash, 10X Optical Zoom and 1.9 megapixel front camera
- Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyroscope and RGB light sensors
- 2,330mAh battery