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
|ENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – all versions|
|4G Network||LTE (market dependent)|
|Status||Available. Released 2013, July|
|BODY||Dimensions||125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm (4.94 x 2.5 x 0.61 in)|
|Weight||208 g (7.34 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 64 GB|
|Internal||8 GB (5 GB user available), 1.5 GB RAM|
|Speed||HSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go|
|CAMERA||Primary||16 MP, autofocus, Xenon flash,|
|Features||1/2.33” sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 10x optical zoom (24-240mm), optical image stabilization, HDR, panorama|
|Secondary||Yes, 1.9 MP|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||White, 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
– 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 play||Up 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.