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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom: First Smartphone to contain 16 Megapixel 10x Optical Zoom Camera

Samsung Electronics has recently announced the launch of the new Samsung GalaxyS4 Zoom, a new device that blends the stylish and fully featured smartphone ‘galaxy S’ series with an amazing best-in-class, highly advanced digital camera; definitely one of its kind! This means that the usual backplate of the previous ‘S4 Mini’ has been replaced with a 16-megapixel camera with unbelievable 10x optical zoom! With the stunning combination it targets many people who now can use their phones as their main camera, that too with highly impressive picture quality.

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It’s powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with resolution of 960 x 540, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal memory that’s expandable via microSD. It also has a 2130 mAh battery, and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The camera set-up includes a 16-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), optical 10X zoom, Xenon flash, HDR, panorama, and 24mm wide-angle lens. It offers full HD video capture, and there’s also a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.

The S4 Zoom is the only smartphone that allows a brilliant optical zoom along with an impressive digital zoom. The focal length starts at 24mm, which is quite a wide angle that allows capturing more of a scene in one picture. It zooms to 10x, which is sufficient for clicking high quality shots even from distant position from the object. The zoom is controlled by a ring around the barrel, which can also be set to control different functions or bring up menus. It can be twisted during a phone call and it’ll allow user to snap a shot and instantly send it to the one at the other end, via MMS. Behind the zoom barrel a 16-megapixel backside, illuminated CMOS sensor, is there. It is physically bigger than the sensors found inside regular smartphones. A bigger sensor means that more light can hit it, which should greatly improve image quality.

With its bigger sensor, higher resolution, and 10x optical zoom, the Galaxy S4 Zoom may well be the dedicated shutterbug’s phone of choice.

Samsung has provided 25 different scene modes to choose from, including “HDR”, “panorama” and “night”. User can allow the phone to suggest the best mode for the scene or they can simply leave it in auto mode for a hassle-free experience.

When the phone specification is considered, galaxy s4 zoom is a bit disappointing. Stuffed inside the body is 1.5GHz dual-core processor is a disappointing downgrade from the huge quad-core brute (octo-core in some places) in the true S4. Editing such high-resolution photos and videos would undoubtedly be made a whole lot smoother with a faster chip but unfortunately a lesser chip in place is a disadvantage that this phone offers. It’s running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the most recent version of Google’s mobile operating system. The interface has been tweaked slightly to make it easier to access camera functions. There’s 8GB of internal storage as standard, of which 5GB is available for use (expandable via microSD). The battery is a fairly capacious 2,330mAh affair, which can be removed via a slot on the side. The screen is a 4.3-inch affair with a disappointing 960×540-pixel resolution. That’s a big step down from the full HD display found on the S4 and particularly irritating given the phone’s imaging focus, where more pixels will help show off a clearer image.

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User can do everything and miss nothing thanks to the revolutionary new Zoom Ring, a simple and intuitive way to access the Galaxy S4 Zoom’s key features. As mentioned earlier, while in the middle of a phone call, seeing something that’s absolutely worth sharing, a quick twist of the Zoom Ring will activate the In-Call Photo Share feature. It lets capture and send an image directly via MMS to the one at the other end. For easy camera navigation, the Zoom Ring can be used to activate the Quick Launch and Shortcut features, giving instant access to multiple camera modes including Auto, Gallery and Smart Mode with just a simple twist. Revolutionizing conventional camera zoom controls, the Optical zoom control replaces traditional dials and buttons with smooth, easy-to-operate digital controls making it even easier to take professional and accurate shots.

The Samsung galaxy s4 zoom allows capturing best pictures with the best-in-class 10x Optical Zoom and 16MP BSI CMOS Sensor that lets everyone capture beautiful images from far away or close ups and personal, in all light conditions, without having to carry heavy camera gear. The built-in Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) helps keep the camera perfectly still, reducing blur and stabilizing the image when zooming-in for high-quality photos and videos.

Photo Suggest instantly connects the users to huge libraries of images taken by fellow photographers, to help find and compose the best-ever-shots, anywhere in the world. Photo Suggest can direct to the ideal nearby location which gives the vantage point the user need for that perfect photo. The GalaxyS4 Zoom also features Samsung’s popular Smart Mode. Simply choose from a series of pre-set modes and the camera will automatically adjust to ensure to capture the best photo possible. Use Drama Shot to merge continuous shots of moving objects into a single composed image, or Action Freeze to instantly capture high-speed action. If users are not sure which Smart Mode to select, the Smart Mode Suggest feature can assess the scene and provides a list of the best options based on light levels, focal length, or face detection.

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The GalaxyS4 Zoom’s heritage is evident throughout, from its sleek and stylish design to the powerful, yet intuitive user interface. Running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2, the GalaxyS4 zoom boasts many of the same features as the recently launched Galaxy S4, including Touchwiz, which lets everyone fully customize various aspects of the device including the lock screen and notification bar, for a truly personal mobile experience.

Perfect for keen travelers, Story Albumlets and all the favorite images and videos can be arranged into one timeline to share with friends and loved ones. It also offers facility to edit images and even can order prints directly from the device through a partnership with blurb, Samsung Link allows easily to transfer images to laptops or tablets for safe keeping with just the touch of a button. Alternatively, it also allows synchronizing all of your data in own personal cloud through HomeSync.

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The GalaxyS4 Zoom also features the new Samsung Hub, a one-stop destination for all of the latest music, videos, books and games. One can search, download and enjoy all of the favorite entertainment at the touch of a button, directly from his device. Sharing a new track or game with friends using Group Play and connecting directly with their Samsung devices is also possible, so as to listen and play together, without the need for a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal.

Galaxy s4 zoom is available at £440 in UK. In American and Indian markets, it is said to be available very soon and no information about pricing is available yet.


The Galaxy S4 Zoom has the following specifications according to the official Samsung Website:




2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets(Dependent on market)



2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz


4.3 inch qHD sAMOLED (960×540) screen


1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor *The selection of AP will be differed by markets


Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)


Main (Rear): 16 Mega pixel with x10 Optical Zoom and enhanced SMART Modes, OIS

24-240mm, F3.1-F6.3

Sub (Front): 1.9 Mega pixel camera

ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200

Continuous Shot: 4fps MAX with AF


Xenon Flash,

SMART Mode, Expert Mode(P/S/M/C), My Mode



Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark Recording & Playback: Full HD (1920×1080 30p)


Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis(OGG), FLAC, apt-X



SMART Mode(25): Smart mode suggest, 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



Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON

S Voice, S Translator


Group Play: Share Music(MP3), Share Picture(JPEG, GIF), Share Document(PDF, PPT), Play Games

Story Album, Trip Advisor, Paper Artist

Google Mobile Services

Chrome, Downloads, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Search, Google Settings, Google Plus, Google Local, Google Play Store, Google Messenger, Google Navigation, Youtube, Google Talk, Voice Search, Google Play Movie & TV, Google Play books, Google Play Music, Google Play Magazine


WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE) A-GPS + GLONASS


Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, RGB Light


8GB Internal memory (User memory approximately 5GB) + microSD slot (up to 64GB) 1.5GB RAM *User memory space may be less than the total memory space due to system files. User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.


125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm, 208g (with standard battery)