Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphone launched with 16-megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom

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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 previous rumours, 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.

The 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 Light sensors.

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.

Samsung 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.

With all these features, the phone will also come preloaded with Samsung apps such as Samsung Hub, Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON, S Voice and S Translator.

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.



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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

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Great camera with optical zoom
  • Decent battery backup
  • Bad
  • Chunky
  • Underwhelming performance
  • Low resolution screen

Display

4.30-inch

Processor

1.5GHz

Front Camera

 1.9-megapixel

Resolution

 560x960 pixels

RAM

 1.5GB

OS

 Android 4.2

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery capacity

2330mAh

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