Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review
Review posted 12/10/2013
|Samsung has created an interesting smartphone/digital camera combination with the Galaxy S4 Zoom, which offers full operational capabilities in both areas. This model is quite a bit thicker than what you'd find with your typical smartphone, which makes it a little tough to quickly pull the S4 Zoom out of a pocket to answer a call. And the Galaxy S4 Zoom costs a lot more than mid-level point-n-shoot cameras with similar photographic features. However this combination of a fully functioning smartphone and digital camera is rarely seen, providing a nice hybrid for the person who needs more photographic power and image quality than the typical smartphone provides. Read more in our Full Conclusion.|
This hybrid smartphone/point-n-shoot camera is the second model we've seen from Samsung in the Galaxy line-up. While it shares some of the same functionality we saw with the Samsung Galaxy Camera, the S4 Zoom has taken things to the next level. Not only does the S4 Zoom offer a fully capable Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, but it's also a 3G/4G capable phone. Currently, only available via the AT&T network, the S4 Zoom operates like any of Samsung's popular Galaxy smartphones. However, this one packs a 16-megapixel digital camera with a 10x optical zoom lens. This combination gives you the functionality and versatility of sharing photos and videos with friends and family on the go, while still giving you the ability to capture pleasing still photos and full HD video; that are more in line quality wise with entry to mid-level point-n-shoots, versus your average smartphone.
Other features include a nice 4.3" OLED touchscreen display, Optical Image Stabilization technology, 8GB or internal memory, a microSD card slot, 1.5GB or RAM, and a plethora of exposure modes and special effects.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom core features:
- 16-megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS image sensor
- 10x optical zoom lens covering 24-240mm equivalent zoom range
- Optical image stabilization
- 4.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen display
- Combination smartphone and compact camera
- Secondary 1.9-megapixel front facing camera
- 25 pre-set camera modes
- Runs Android's 4.2 operating system, aka Jelly Bean
- Loads of optional apps thanks to the Google Play store
- Full HD (1080p) video recording
- Continuous shot mode of 4fps
- 4G-LTE and 3G high-speed data and voice
- Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
- USB connectivity
- microSD memory card slot
- 8GB of internal memory
- Rechargeable Li-ion battery
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is available in Black or White, with a street price of about $400-450. However, you can find them as low as $49.99 with a data and voice contract through AT&T.
What's in the box?:
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom body
- USB cable
- Wall charger
- Rechargeable battery
- Quick Start Guide
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