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The Galaxy S4 Zoom is expected to come to the U.S. during the third quarter of this year

Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S4 Zoom, which is the first smartphone to feature a 10x optical zoom. 

The Galaxy S4 Zoom combines a full-featured Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 Galaxy smartphone with a 16 MP point-and-shoot camera, which offers a 10x optical zoom.



The camera also features a Xenon flash, optical image stabilization and a "Zoom Ring." This ring encircles the camera, and when turned, it allows for in-call photo sharing -- even when on a call. Or, it will activate the Quick Launch and Shortcut features for direct access to other camera modes. 

Users can also use software like Photo Suggest, which shows pictures taken by others nearby; Story Album, which allows you to arrange all of your images and videos into one timeline, and Smart Mode, which lets you choose from many pre-set modes that the camera will automatically adjust to.

As for the smartphone itself, it features a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1.5GB RAM, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 8GB of internal storage that's expandable via the microSD slot and a 1.9 MP front-facing camera.



The Zoom isn't the only new member of the Galaxy S4 family. Late last month, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4 Mini, which is a smaller version of the Galaxy S4. It's light at 107 grams, and offers a 4.3-inch qHD AMOLED display, a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2, integrated Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC technology, 8 GB of internal storage, and 1.5 GB of RAM.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom is expected to come to the U.S. during the third quarter of this year.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow



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By SublimeSimplicity on 6/12/2013 12:54:11 PM , Rating: 2
If this was an honest to goodness S4 with a high quality optical zoom camera on the back, I would have paid $300 subsidized for that.

This would be more appropriately called the S3 zoom and isn't worth the $200 to me.




By retrospooty on 6/12/2013 1:07:31 PM , Rating: 3
I could see it for someone that really takes alot of pictures and put's that as a priority over internet, apps and phone.

It would be the perfect vacation phone if it had a bigger battery and was waterproof. One device to handle your phone, web, GPS, camera and would last a long time, even in the water? Sold.

This thing as it is? pass.


By Cheesew1z69 on 6/12/2013 1:09:18 PM , Rating: 1
Also, I can't imagine that battery being very big at all... no way...


By retrospooty on 6/12/2013 1:24:02 PM , Rating: 2
I saw another link showing its 2300ma . Its already fat, just beef it up and make it a useful utility device.


RE: Too bad they downgraded the rest of the specs...
By BRB29 on 6/12/2013 1:38:58 PM , Rating: 2
It's useful as a brick. This thing shoots as good as a point and shoot and fails as a phone due to its size. It cost substantially more than a point and shoot camera. At 2300ma, it's not enough to fulfill both duties as phone + camera.

why would anyone bother?


By xaders on 6/12/2013 2:04:41 PM , Rating: 2
what is the battery life both on the phone & camera? which carrier in the USA? that is my only issues


RE: Too bad they downgraded the rest of the specs...
By Mint on 6/12/2013 2:38:57 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
why would anyone bother?
Because the target audience normally carries a compact camera that size with them anyway, and finds it frustrating to also have a large phone too?

Obviously smartphones haven't replaced compact zoom cameras because the latter are still selling.

Ever hear of the saying, "the best camera is the one that's with you"?
quote:
At 2300ma, it's not enough to fulfill both duties as phone + camera.

Why not? Cameras with much smaller batteries take 400 photos before dying, and smartphones are generally charged daily anyway.


RE: Too bad they downgraded the rest of the specs...
By BRB29 on 6/12/2013 3:34:20 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Because the target audience normally carries a compact camera that size with them anyway, and finds it frustrating to also have a large phone too?


Except in reality, when you go to upgrade/buy a phone, you pick a good phone and not a camera. The camera is secondary. What is the point of buying a bad phone knowing it's bad?

This is not a good camera with a below average phone. It's a bad phone with a good camera. See the difference.

I would say there is no difference if internet/phone service was free.

This phone will not be able to take 400 shots because it's a camera also. It operates as a touch only device and the screen has to be active when shooting. At the same time, all phone functions and apps are running.

This is a teenager's toy at best. The 808 didn't exactly have tremendous sales success did it?


RE: Too bad they downgraded the rest of the specs...
By Mint on 6/12/2013 4:46:45 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Except in reality, when you go to upgrade/buy a phone, you pick a good phone and not a camera. The camera is secondary.
Why do I have to repeat myself? The target market are people that want a compact zoom, not the whole smartphone market.

And yes, the camera does matter a lot, or else Apple, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, etc wouldn't be putting the best sensor/lens possible into a 7-10mm package.
quote:
It's a bad phone with a good camera.
It's not a bad phone. It's a midrange one. Don't be such an snob, as it has hardware comparable to an iPhone4S.
quote:
This phone will not be able to take 400 shots because it's a camera also. It operates as a touch only device and the screen has to be active when shooting.
So what? Touch screens don't use much more power than a regular LCD in most P&S cameras. My sister has a Sony RX100 - much bigger sensor, 20 MP - with a 1600 mAh battery and it takes 400+ shots easily.
quote:
The 808 didn't exactly have tremendous sales success did it?
It had no optical zoom (and thus beyond 2x zoom it had worse quality than a P&S), and it ran Symbian. That meant it was a niche device in both markets. Still, it sold more than Nokia expected.

10x compact and midrange Android with S4 software make this a convergence device attacking the meat of both markets.

It's not going to sell like gangbusters, but it should do well enough to justify its existence. It does make you wonder why they bothered with the non-phone Galaxy Camera, though...


By BRB29 on 6/12/2013 7:14:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why do I have to repeat myself? The target market are people that want a compact zoom, not the whole smartphone market.

No, the target market is for someone who wants a smartphone with a good camera.

quote:
And yes, the camera does matter a lot, or else Apple, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, etc wouldn't be putting the best sensor/lens possible into a 7-10mm package.

the camera does matter a lot but the smartphone itself will matter more.

There's no point in arguing about this. The sales number will speak for itself. This phone doesn't make sense in the US market. I think it has potential in other countries where people can swap SIM cards instead of being on a subscribed plan. I know in Asian countries, most people are not on plans. This would sell well because it can be a camera first and a phone when it needs to be.


By Reclaimer77 on 6/13/2013 1:34:26 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
why would anyone bother?


People said this about the Note as well, and it's sold into the tens of millions.

Is this camera for me personally? Nope, but I'm going to wait to pass judgment on it. Samsung knows what they're doing.


By Samus on 6/13/2013 4:46:28 AM , Rating: 2
the reason for downgraded specs is to improve battery life


By Mint on 6/12/2013 2:27:00 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know of any waterproof camera with 10x zoom, so that's out of the question. They gotta go big with the zoom to really convince casual shooters to buy it instead of a separate camera, IMO.

The Experia ZR is probably a better choice for you if you're looking for something waterproof.


By ShaolinSoccer on 6/12/2013 3:09:36 PM , Rating: 2
Don't worry. The future is coming.


WTF
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/12/13, Rating: 0
RE: WTF
By retrospooty on 6/12/2013 12:53:45 PM , Rating: 2
Pair it up with one of these and you'd be a total chick magnet

http://vr-zone.com/articles/sanwas-new-gadget-take...


RE: WTF
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/12/2013 12:57:58 PM , Rating: 2
Totally! OMG! Take my money now! LOL!


RE: WTF
By cyberguyz on 6/12/2013 3:22:19 PM , Rating: 2
That phone just has me roflmao. OMFG!!

It's not just the big, honkin lens on the thing, but it has an actual xenon-tube flash. It almost looks like a spoof.

Let's see you do THAT Apple! LOLZ


RE: WTF
By retrospooty on 6/12/2013 4:42:41 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... Definitely not for most people, but it does have a 10x optical zoom and a real camera as opposed to the standard smartphone camera. It's just not a phone with a camera built in it, its a camera with a smartphone added on to it. I could see it being useful for someone that really takes alot of pics and wants better quality than a smartphone can do. I just dont think there are alot of those people. If you are THAT into taking pics, you probably have a better camera already.


RE: WTF
By cyberguyz on 6/13/2013 3:42:17 PM , Rating: 2
We already have phablets so here's the made-up word for today

phamera

I just had to say "Let's see you do THAT Apple"
http://images.freshnessmag.com/wp-content/uploads/...

Should have googled first...


RE: WTF
By retrospooty on 6/14/2013 8:36:34 AM , Rating: 2
Since its only 4.3 inches, shouldnt it be a "Phomera"? 5 Inches and up would be a "Phamera" ;)


RE: WTF
By Nortel on 6/12/2013 2:01:58 PM , Rating: 2
What an absolute piece of trash. Glad Cheese and I can agree on something :)


Um
By mchentz on 6/12/2013 2:42:36 PM , Rating: 3
I was probably going to get the Nokia lumia phone because of the camera but No to this thing. Nice link cheese. I would not have that in a million years!




RE: Um
By mchentz on 6/12/2013 2:44:29 PM , Rating: 2
No edit!!!!

er comment cheese lol not link!


RE: Um
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/12/2013 3:45:13 PM , Rating: 2
:P


Better off with the Lumia EOS
By DFranch on 6/13/2013 11:24:18 AM , Rating: 2
I really don't understand this device. I can't imagine carrying that bulky thing in my pocket every day. 95% of people wouldn't walk around with a point to shoot camera in their pocket unless they are on vacation, or sight seeing. I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't have enough money laying around to have a special use camera phone I only carry with me on vacation. If you absolutely need a good camera on your phone, the lumia EOS seems like the better option. It does have a bit of a hump for the camera, but nothing like this thing.




RE: Better off with the Lumia EOS
By BRB29 on 6/13/2013 11:54:00 AM , Rating: 2
it's actually larger than a regular P&S


Galaxy S IV Active
By CZroe on 6/13/2013 9:45:41 AM , Rating: 2
"The Zoom isn't the only new member of the Galaxy S4 family."

With a setup like that you don't even mention the Galaxy S IV Active?

"Late last month, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4 Mini, which is a smaller version of the Galaxy S4."

The mini was kind of a given considering that they made a mini Galaxy S III too. I know the only real reason was to reference another of your articles but you do have a Galaxy S IV Active article too.




Now...
By axeman1957 on 6/13/2013 10:22:29 AM , Rating: 2
If they just offer an extended battery that flushes up the phone back with the lense base. Make the phone so it can be put in a pocket when not in use. I know, I know, it will be thick as hell (for a new phone anyway) but I see the ineven back as a problem for transport...




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