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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
4 October 2014
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is a curious hybrid device which practically begs you to like it the moment you take it out of the box. There’s something appealing about a phone which takes image capture so seriously, but it takes a dedicated photo-lover to live with this product’s shortcomings.
Conclusion: The Galaxy S4 Zoom may garner curious and puzzled glances when you use it as a phone in public, but on one level, it’s a mobile imaging win on Samsung’s part. Being able to take high-quality photos and share them instantly no matter where you are is a real boon; traditional mobile phone cameras are great for basic imaging but it’s hard to go back after using this handset. Impressive photo capture - for a phone, at least - comes at a cost, though.
Pros: Great camera phone, Optical zoom and OIS, Good value convergence device
Cons: Laggy gallery performance, Mediocre battery life, High gloss finish
Summary: This is not the S4 or the top end SLR digital camera. This is a mid tier Android phone with a very strong focus on photography with the first and only optical zoom. The S4 Zoom is bulky and produces very good shots. You should get one if you cannot leave the house without your camera and want to have a combo device that has a good camera and a phone.
Pros: 10x optical zoom, high quality pictures in dimmed lights
Cons: very bulky, mid tier specs, and sound while zooming
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review: Good point-and-shoot, but an oddball smartphone
4 September 2013
Summary: Buy the Zoom if you'd like a flexible two-in-one camera/smartphone, no matter the size. But enthusiasts should stick to standalone shooters, and slimmer smartphones -- like the arguably better Nokia Lumia 1020 -- will satisfy most photo needs.
Pros: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom 's advanced controls and preset modes are easy to use. Its top-notch image quality, optical zoom, and a tripod mount make it the most flexible smartphone camera there is. Android 4.2 helps keep the device fresh and connected.
Cons: Heavy, thick, and asymmetrical, the camera-shaped Zoom is incredibly awkward and uncomfortable to use as a phone.
Summary: Compact camera and smartphone in one device. Samsung extends its new device class with the new Galaxy S4 Zoom. Similar to the Samsung Galaxy camera, our 4.3-inch review unit is a smartphone and a compact camera at the same time and is supposed to combine the best features of both worlds. We put it to the test.
Pros: High quality main camera, 10x optical zoom, High build quality, Good connectivity, Infrared port, Excellent display, Good performance, Current Android operating system, The excellent build quality of the camera smartphone. The Galaxy S4 Zoom leaves a very durable impression and the Super AMOLED display is excellent.
Cons: Retail price, Less compact than usual smartphones, Main camera cannot compete with similarly priced compact cameras, The display resolution of 960x540 pixels is not really overwhelming. A higher resolution would have improved the already very good quality even more.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review: the camera with a phone
29 July 2013
Conclusion: It’s time to draw our conclusion: regardless of how much Samsung would like you to believe otherwise, we think that the Galaxy S4 Zoom is a camera with a phone slapped on it, rather than a Galaxy S 4 (with which it has nothing in common) with a zoom lens.
Pros: no LED notification light, qHD resolution, 8GB internal storage (only 5GB accessible), processor could have been faster, too bulky for some, shutter button won’t wake the device, same old Samsung design and materials
Cons: no LED notification light, qHD resolution, 8GB internal storage (only 5GB accessible), processor could have been faster, too bulky for some, shutter button won’t wake the device, same old Samsung design and materials
Conclusion: The minute you hold the Galaxy S4 Zoom , it becomes clear that Samsung has done more of a compact camera with phone functions, rather than a cameraphone conceived from the ground up with mobility in mind. It is quite bulky because of the 10x zoom lens, and uncomfortable to operate with one hand, picture-taking included.
Pros: Good value-for-money for a convergence device, Very good pictures and video, including in low-light, 10x optical zoom performs very well
Cons: Bulky and challenging for one-handed use, Low OLED screen brightness makes it hard to frame a shot outside
Summary: The basics Is it phone? Is it a camera? Samsung’s sequel to last year’s explorative Galaxy Camera attempts to be both, but is it a Jack of All Trades, Master of None? Or can the Korean giant finally create a device which takes convergence to the next level? Read on to find out in our full Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review. The good Given the generally lackluster nature of mobile phone cameras, using the Galaxy S4 Zoom is something of a revelation.
Pros: Given the generally lackluster nature of mobile phone cameras, using the Galaxy S4 Zoom is something of a revelation. Samsung has essentially fused a capable point-and-shoot lens onto the back of a smartphone, and the difference is like night and day. Shots are detailed and colourful, and the x10 optical zoom (unheard of on mobiles until now) allows you to zone-in on your subject without losing clarity or lowering resolution. Add in image stabilization, autofocus, a w...
Cons: While it’s genuinely refreshing to take photos on a phone with the same level of competence you’d expect to see in dedicated hardware, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom still feels a little bit like a compromise. As a camera, it beats its phone-based rivals but can’t hope to match the best point-and-shoot compact snappers on the market. And as a phone, it feels very much like last year’s tech. The 1.5GHz dual-core processor lags behind the likes of the HTC One, Nexus 4 and G...
Conclusion: Let's be clear, while it has all the power and features of a decent midrange Android smartphone, the S4 Zoom is more of a camera with phone features rather than a phone with enhanced photo ability. It's shaped and weighted like a camera, and isn't very practical for slipping into your pocket.
Pros: Outstanding camera with optical zoom, Touch Wiz interface, expandable memory, decent battery life
Cons: Bulky and heavy, not as fast as it should be, only 8GB onboard memory