Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom combines smartphone with a real camera

By on June 12, 2013, 11:30 AM

If you’ve been looking for a reason to leave your point-and-shoot digital camera at home but haven’t been happy with the quality of smartphone cameras to date, Samsung has your number (no pun intended) with their new Galaxy S4 Zoom. The device combines a full-featured smartphone with a full-featured digital camera in a package that looks about like you’d expect.

The smartphone aspect is best described as a Galaxy S4 Mini with a 4.3-inch display operating at 960 x 540 pixels. It’s powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. There’s 5GB of internal storage on tap with a microSD card slot for added expansion if desired. Samsung plans to release 3G and LTE versions of the device and of course, Wi-Fi comes standard.

On the camera side of things, there’s a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, optical image stabilization and a xenon flash. True to its name, the Galaxy S4 Zoom includes a 10x optical zoom and includes a software feature known as Zoom Ring.

With Zoom Ring, you’ll be able to snap photos using the camera while on a call and send them over to the person you’re chatting with on-the-fly via MMS. Another feature called Photo Suggest can direct users to better vantage points when snapping pics and even show images from a catalog for inspiration.

The device measures 15.4-millimeters thick and weighs 208 grams which, when compared to last year’s Galaxy Camera, isn’t all that bad. Whether or not consumers will accept the extra girth as a tradeoff, however, remains to be seen.

Samsung didn’t specify when the Galaxy S4 Zoom will be available or how much it will set you back.




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m4a4 m4a4 said:

Can't tell if it will be used for actual pictures, or used by hipsters for food photos...

ReederOnTheRun ReederOnTheRun said:

I like it, but I think it would still be awkward with everyone asking why I'm talking to my camera.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

When somebody comes saying they now offer a real product, it's like confessing they have been selling you crap up until now...

1 person liked this | VitalyT VitalyT said:

Can't tell if it will be used for actual pictures...
No, it now will be used for real pictures...

JC713 JC713 said:

Little internal storage for a camera. Nice...

p51d007 said:

THIS is what a camera should be on a smart phone, not those tiny as* pinhole cameras that only work well in good light.

Can't wait to hear from the "it's too big, it's too thick" crowd.

MilwaukeeMike said:

When somebody comes saying they now offer a real product, it's like confessing they have been selling you crap up until now...

No kidding right?

@p51d007 - Smartphone cameras have quite a strange trade off because they're thin. I don't really understand how it all works, but while reading a review on the HTC One at Anandtech it was explained how the size of the sensor in the camera has to be balanced between more mega-pixels or better low light performance. It's why the HTC One camera is 4MP but works great in dim light without a flash. The way to make a camera high megapixel AND work well in dim light is to use a bigger sensor and they don't fit in smart phones unless you're willing to deal with this huge bump on the back of your phone... like this ugly looking thing.

JC713 JC713 said:

THIS is what a camera should be on a smart phone, not those tiny as* pinhole cameras that only work well in good light.

Can't wait to hear from the "it's too big, it's too thick" crowd.

Optical zoom is not possible on the optics we have now on smartphones. That is why smartphones use digital zoom. It allows for smaller sensors, and therefore, slimmer phones.

veLa veLa said:

I wonder who would actually use this.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

@veLa

An ugly duckling, targeted as a niche market product for people with no sense of style.

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