Jun 12 AT 8:54 AM Nick Gray 23 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Zoom unveiled with 16MP imaging sensor, 10x optical zoom

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is finally official. The Android 4.2 smartphone/camera hybrid delivers mid-range smartphone functionality wrapped in hardware that promises to deliver a great imaging experience. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD slot (up to 64GB), 2,330 mAh battery and a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display. But, the 10x optical zoom and 16 megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor with optical image stabilizer (OIS) and Xenon flash are really what make the Galaxy Zoom unique. The device is able to capture 4 frames per second in continuous shooting mode, and ISO can be manually bumped up to 3200. The Samsung Galaxy S4 camera features like Drama, Eraser, Sound & Shot, Beauty Face and Best Photo have been carried over to the Galaxy Zoom along with Story Album, Trip Advisor and Paper Artist.

Though the original Samsung Galaxy Camera wasn’t really a phone, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is intended to fully replace your smartphone. The 15.4 mm thickness of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom may be more than what we’re used to these days, but it’s still a bit thinner than the 17.1 mm HTC G1 from a few years back. Samsung has not announced pricing or a release date for the Galaxy S4 Zoom, but we suspect the mid-range processor and low resolution display will allow service providers in the US to sell the phone for around $200 with a new contract. Be sure to check out the press release below for more details.

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What’s your take on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom? Would you be willing to sacrifice specs for a better imaging experience?

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Samsung Introduces the GALAXY S4 zoom – the first smartphone to offer 10x optical zoom, for perfect picture taking
June 12, 2013
A revolutionary new device that converges the best of a high performance smartphone and camera, the GALAXY S4 zoom delivers the best of both worlds
LONDON, UK – June 12, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom, a powerful new device which combines the stylish heritage of the latest GALAXY S4 smartphone with advanced photographic capabilities.
Part of the GALAXY S4 family, the GALAXY S4 zoom is the realization of Samsung’s mission to create a single device that can fulfill the role of both an industry leading smartphone and a high-end compact camera. Combining 10x Optical Zoom, 16 Mega Pixel CMOS Sensor, OIS and Xenon Flash with the very latest Samsung GALAXY S4 technology, the GALAXY S4 zoom sets new standards for perfect mobile photography. It is the ultimate smartphone and camera experience in one, and the only device you’ll ever need.
“The Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom represents yet another step forward in the way Samsung is working to enhance the lives of our customers around the world,” said JK Shin, President and CEO, Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “As communication continues to become increasingly visual in nature, people wish to capture and share their moments in the highest quality possible, but often do not have the space or inclination to carry a dedicated camera for this purpose. The GALAXY S4 zoom changes this forever, combining the industry leading functionality and connectivity of the GALAXY S4 with the high quality photographic experience you’d expect from a compact camera. The result is truly the best of both worlds, without compromise.”
Revolutionary new interface
Do it all and miss nothing thanks to the revolutionary new Zoom Ring, a simple and intuitive way to access the GALAXY S4 zoom’s key features.  When you’re in the middle of a phone call and you see something you absolutely have to share, a quick twist of the Zoom Ring will activate the In-Call Photo Share feature, letting you capture and send an image directly via MMS to whoever you are talking to simply.
For easy camera navigation, the Zoom Ring can be used to activate the Quick Launch andShortcut features, giving you instant access to multiple camera modes including Auto, Gallery and Smart Mode with a simple twist.
The Zoom Ring also revolutionizes conventional camera zoom controls. Optical zoom control replaces traditional dials and buttons with smooth, easy-to-operate digital controls. Professional-quality accuracy and unprecedented ease of use are just a twist away, making it easy to compose a scene and capture wide-angle shots or tight close-ups.
Capture the best images
When it comes to high quality photography, bigger isn’t always better. The compact GALAXY S4 zoom’s best-in-class 10x Optical Zoom and 16MP BSI CMOS Sensor lets you capture beautiful images from far away or up close and personal, in all light conditions, without having to carry heavy camera gear around with you.  Furthermore, the built-in Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) helps keep the camera perfectly still even when you’re not, reducing blur and stabilizing the image while zoomed in for high-quality photos and video.
Photo Suggest instantly connects you to huge libraries of images taken by fellow photographers, to help you find and compose your best shots anywhere in the world. Photo Suggest can even direct you to the ideal nearby location which will give you the vantage point you need for that perfect photo.
The GALAXY S4 zoom also features Samsung’s popular Smart Mode, so you can stop worrying about settings and start taking professional-quality artistic shots. Simply choose from a series of pre-set modes and the camera will automatically adjust to ensure you capture the best photo possible. Use Drama Shot to merge continuous shots of moving objects into a single composed image, or Action Freeze to instantly capture high-speed action. If you aren’t sure which Smart Mode to select, the Smart Mode Suggest feature can assess the scene for you and provide a short list of the best options for your consideration based on surrounding factors such as light levels, focal length, or face detection, ensuring you always get the best shot you want.
Unlimited entertainment in the palm of your hand
The GALAXY S4 zoom’s heritage is evident throughout, from its sleek and stylish design to the powerful, yet intuitive user interface. Running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2, the GALAXY S4 zoom boasts many of the same features as the recently launched GALAXY S4, includingTouchwiz, which lets you fully customize various aspects of your device including the lock screen and notification bar, for a truly personal mobile experience.
When you return from your travel adventures, Story Album lets you arrange all of your treasured images and videos into one timeline to share with friends and loved ones. You can also edit images and even order prints directly from the device through a partnership withblurb*. If you’d rather transfer your images to your laptop or tablet for safe keeping, Samsung Link lets you do so quickly and easily with just the touch of a button. Alternatively, you can sync all of your data in your own personal cloud through HomeSync, providing the ultimate peace of mind and ensuring your images and videos are waiting for you whenever you need them.
The GALAXY S4 zoom features the new Samsung Hub, a one-stop destination for all of the latest music, videos, books and games. Search, download and enjoy all of your favorite entertainment at the touch of a button, all directly from your device. When you find that amazing new track or game that you can’t wait to share with your friends, Group Play lets you connect directly with their Samsung devices so you can all listen and play together, without the need for a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal.
Note to Editors: 
Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom Product Specifications:
 

Network

LTE 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets(Dependent on market)

3G

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

Display

4.3 inch qHD sAMOLED (960×540) screen

AP

1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor*The selection of AP will be differed by markets

OS

Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Camera

Main (Rear): 16 Mega pixel with x10 Optical Zoom and enhanced SMART Modes, OIS

                        24-240mm, F3.1-F6.3

Sub (Front): 1.9 Mega pixel camera

ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200

Continuous Shot: 4fps MAX with AF

Format: JPEG, PNG, GIF, WBMP, BMP, AGIF

Xenon Flash, 

SMART Mode, Expert Mode(P/S/M/C), My Mode

Video

Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson SparkRecording & Playback: Full HD (1920×1080 30p)

Audio

Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis(OGG), FLAC, apt-X

Camera 

Features

SMART Mode(25): Smart mode suggest, Beauty face, Best photo, Continuous shot, Best face, Kids shot, Landscape, Dawn, Snow, Macro, Food, Party/Indoor, Action freeze, Rich tone (HDR), Panorama, Waterfall, Animated photo, Drama, Eraser, Sound & Shot, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light trace

Additional 

Features

Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON

S Voice, S Translator

Group Play: Share Music(MP3), Share Picture(JPEG, GIF), Share Document(PDF, PPT), Play Games 

Story Album, Trip Advisor, Paper Artist

Google Mobile Services

Chrome, Downloads, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Search, Google Settings, Google Plus, Google Local, Google Play Store, Google Messenger, Google Navigation, Youtube, Google Talk, Voice Search, Google Play Movie & TV, Google Play books, Google Play Music, Google Play Magazine

Connectivity

WiFi a/b/g/n 5GHzNFC,  Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)A-GPS + GLONASS

Sensor

Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, RGB Light

Memory

8GB Internal memory (User memory approximately 5GB) + microSD slot (up to 64GB)1.5GB RAM*User memory space may be less than the total memory space due to system files. User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.

Dimension

125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm, 208g (with standard battery)

Battery

2,330mAh
* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.
* Android, Chrome, Downloads, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Search, Google Settings, Google Plus, 
Google Local, Google Play Store, Google Messenger, Google Navigation, Youtube, Google Talk, Voice Search, Google Play Movie & TV, Google Play books, Google Play Music and Google Play Magazine are trademarks of Google Inc.
* Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom uses Corning’s new Gorilla® Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistanceâ„¢. This cover glass, Corning’s newest formulation, enables improved damage and scratch resistance and reduced scratch visibility. 
* Blurb, the global creative publishing platform, partners with Samsung to power worldwide book and magazine print production and fulfillment within the GALAXY S4 zoom’s new Story Album application. Users of Story Album will now be able to automatically create professional quality print photo books and magazines quickly and seamlessly from their camera phone images.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

Source: Samsung

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • SGB101

    The problem the first gen had was price, if your into photography so so much your willing to drop this much cash on a camera, you would get an entry level DSLR.

    This time round could be different, as it could be subsidised.

    It doesn’t matter how good your phone camera is, come sports day, school play or football game, an optical zoom is needed, I think this device has legs, but it only makes sense subsidised, other wise it’s a bad choice.

  • Dude

    here youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3RQpQV9_3oM

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Thanks for the link. We’ve embedded it into the article.

  • alexanderharri3

    Well….they went and skimped on the processor…and the internal storage …. why?

  • Name *

    Im not interested. They better hurry up with Galaxy S5

  • mattcoz

    Megapixels schmegapixels, how big is the sensor?

    • Matthew

      16MP

  • Kilgore Trout

    16mp and only 16gb?

    This should have a starting internal storage of at least 32GB!!

    Looks nice though….

    • Kilgore Trout

      Sorry, I meant,”16mp and only 8gb?”

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      It’s Samsung. They go for the lowest common denominator. The Galaxy S4 Zoom is technically a Galaxy S4 mini with a better camera sensor and a massive lens.

      Personally, I don’t see the 8GB of storage as an issue. If you’re buying this phone, you will want a lot more than 16 or even 32GB of storage. Get a 64GB microSD card and call it a day.

      • SGB101

        8gb is too small, OK for the camera as photos go on the SD,that much is baked into us now,but for a phone its a squeeze.

        Saying that tho this will have apps 2 SD like the sgs4 so its doable

      • Eli

        S4 mini? More like a S3 mini. A dual core? Zoom ring is stupid. Who wants to be grabbing the front of their camera when taking video to zoom in and out. I see a lot of videos with fingers covering the shots.

  • R.S

    8gb internal memory?!

    If it weren’t for that, I’d have no problem suggesting this phone camera to my mother who as a grandmother currently carries a smart phone and small digital camera.

    • SGB101

      Remember they are rolling out apps2sd on the sgs4.

      • SGB101

        How do I get down voted for a fact? And Apps2sd actually gives the smaller sgs4 and it’s derivatives extra user value.

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    I can’t wait to see the amazing picture from this phone cropped down and posted on Instagram.

  • donger

    Wow, looks alright.

  • Randy Jacob

    What I want to know is, is this finally going to be the Android that takes better pictures than the iPhone!?

    Also, this reminds me so much of my dearly missed Sony w810i that I am seriously considering getting this in lieu of the faster, sharper, bigger (HD and size) S4. Sighhhhhhh…I really wish I didn’t have to sacrifice one feature for another.

    • Eli

      My S3 already takes better pictures then iPhones. Or at least iPhone users. Jeez people stand still when taking pictures, and use ‘touch to focus’

  • Mate
  • jonstle

    This could be the answer to my frustrations. My S3 takes good pictures but when I want “printable” pics of the kids I have to go find my real camera. When looking at the optical zoom and sensor size I think this could handle most situations better than the other phones out there.

    I only have one remaining thought and that is “Will it fit in my pocket?”