Conclusion: There will be a group of people that really like the Galaxy S4 Zoom, cling to it, and defend it rigorously. It will have a cult following. But like the Galaxy Cam, it’s kind of a strange tweener product. It’s too bulky and slow to be a great Android phone, but too restrained in image quality and optics to be a fantastic professional camera.
Pros: Very cool idea, Only phone with 10x optical zoom, MicroSD card support
Cons: Uncomfortable to hold, and bulky, Zoom wheel will annoy you, Weak processing power, Camera zoom doesn’t work with all apps, Photos didn’t look better than iPhone 5S, No full SD support, No external battery charging
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is clearly meant for those looking at a camera with a calling functionality. That seems like the only way to put it thanks to the phone’s form factor and heft. The camera performance is impressive and with a 10x optical zoom, the S4 Zoom is the only phone of its kind with that offering. So if you are into photography, and are waiting for huge optical zooms in cameras and don’t mind the hefty phone-camera, go for the S4 Zoom.
Excerpt: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is really suited only to those people who use their compact digital camera more than their phone and don't mind carrying around a single bulky device that's expensive but with only mid-range performance as a phone.
Summary: The Galaxy S4 Zoom is a unique smartphone that offers a solid camera experience with a wide zoom. Unfortunately, because the handset isn't sold in the U.S., you'll have to shell out about $680 to get one of your own. Additionally, images shot in Auto mode didn't look as good as we expected. Connectivity on the Zoom is also limited to HSPA+ 21 -- no LTE here.
Pros: Powerful 10x optical zoom lens, Myriad camera options, Helpful camera tutorials, Bright, vibrant display, Image quality suffers in Auto mode
Cons: Slow camera, Not available in U.S., Heavy, Uncomfortable to hold for long periods, Below average battery life, No LTE
Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom mobile phone/camera
7 August 2014
Summary: You know what they say about Jack of all Trades. Well never has this been more true of a device than than the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. You have to applaud the manufacturer for continuing to innovate. If nothing else it gives journalists something to get their teeth stuck into. It’s just this particular model doesn’t quite work. As a camera phone it’s not bad, but there are better. As a camera it’s much better in terms of quality than any other smart phone I’ve ever used.
Summary: The Galaxy S4 Zoom offers great camera performance for a smartphone alongside full mobile functionality. However, its overly bulky design and middling processor and display mean those looking to use the Zoom as a phone more than a camera will be disappointed.
Pros: Decent camera, optical zoom is a serious bonus, runs Android
Cons: Awkward to hold as a phone, middling processor and display lead to average performance, only 5GB of usable inbuilt storage
Conclusion: As a phone the S4 Zoom has us equally as charmed as the S4 Mini - it's snappy, great to use, has plenty enough power and is a decent size. As a camera the S4 Zoom performs like a reasonable 16MP, 10x optical zoom compact camera too. Married together and the potential of both sides opens up: there's no need to switch between two products so no waste of precious bag or pocket space, while using apps, snapping shots and sharing on the go are just a few finger taps away.
Pros: Responsive camera, physical controls make for ease of camera use, microSD card slot for expansion, Android OS is snappy, perfect for sharing shots on the go, optical image stabilisation works well, better screen resolution than a compact camera
Cons: Physical camera controls make it horrible to hold as a phone, shiny plastic exterior build, autofocus at 10x can be hit and miss, has lost sight that it should be a phone first and foremost, limited screen resolution
Excerpt: There isn’t another smartphone on the market at this price that can beat the 16-megapixel camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, with its 10x optical lens, excellent features and modes. Lots of cool Samsung apps, although some like S Health is missing.
Pros: Feature-rich. superb, camera, 10x optical lens, impressive battery life. Vivid and rich gHD display.
Cons: Big, heavy phone that lacks 4G, and doesn’t have a full HD screen