Subtlety named the Galaxy S4 Zoom, this is obviously a smartphone geared towards photographers.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom is more like the Galaxy S4 Mini in more ways than one. It has the same 4.3-inch Super AMOLED panel capable of 960 x 540 resolution, rated at 256 ppi. It’s certainty not the sharpest display, but it’s fairly nice for a screen this small.

Samsung galaxy S4 Zoom Specification

Rs. 57,000

ENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – all versions
4G NetworkLTE (market dependent)
Announced2013, June
StatusAvailable. Released 2013, July
BODYDimensions125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm (4.94 x 2.5 x 0.61 in)
Weight208 g (7.34 oz)
DISPLAYTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 64 GB
Internal8 GB (5 GB user available), 1.5 GB RAM
SpeedHSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE
Infrared portYes
USBYes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
CAMERAPrimary16 MP, autofocus, Xenon flash,
Features1/2.33” sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 10x optical zoom (24-240mm), optical image stabilization, HDR, panorama
VideoYes, [email protected],
SecondaryYes, 1.9 MP
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
ChipsetPega-Dual +XMM6262
CPUDual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsWhite, Dynamic Black
 – S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– Dropbox (50 GB storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
– SNS integration
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input (Swype)
BATTERY Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery
Stand-by(2G) / Up to 570 h (3G)
Talk time(2G) / Up to 13 h (3G)
Music playUp to 46 h

The Samsung galaxy S4 Zoom is a smartphone, yes, but whether you buy it or not all comes down to its camera controls and image quality. You can fire up the camera and its 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor by holding down the shutter button, but you’ll need to unlock the phone first.

To get to the shooter faster, you can set a lock-screen shortcut for the camera (as well as any other app). Going one step further, you can also program the Zoom to open the camera when you power it on.

The good: 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.

The bad: Heavy, thick, and asymmetrical, the camera-shaped Zoom is incredibly awkward and uncomfortable to use as a phone.

The bottom line: 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.

Don’t attempt using the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom as a telephone without a Bluetooth headset. Just don’t.

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