Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is official: 20.7MP, OIS, and 10x optical zoom in a stylish body
Samsung Galaxy K
SINGAPORE – April 29, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, today announced the new camera specialized smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy K zoom. The Galaxy K zoom is a new smartphone that blends advanced digital camera technology with Samsung’s industry-leading Galaxy experience. It features effortless capturing ability, real optics, and a premium design, offering users the mobile solutions they need with the ability to create professional-quality visual content in a fun, easy–to-use device.
“With the introduction of the Galaxy K zoom, Samsung continues to demonstrate our commitment to creating products that meet the diverse demands of our consumers,” said Sun Hong Lim, Senior Vice President of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “The new Galaxy K zoom empowers users to effortlessly capture and share their most important everyday moments in stunning clarity, with the convenience and connectedness of a Galaxy smartphone, for a unique, all-in-one mobile experience.”
As a camera-specialized smartphone, the Galaxy K zoom offers an advanced technical camera system designed to offer the control and functionality of a professional camera, ensuring that the important moments are never missed and always captured with complete clarity. The Galaxy K zoom is equipped with new retracting lens technology that provides 10x optical zoom in a remarkably slim and chic body. Other notable features include the 20.7 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for ultra-clear, ultra-detailed images. It excels in low light conditions, and provides Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) to reduce blur caused by movement. These specifications ensure the device delivers pictures and video (Full HD) that are crisp and sharp, even when zoomed and in low light. In addition, the device’s Xenon Flash provides a brighter light than LEDs to improve the quality of the image with natural brilliance.
The new device also integrates the most advanced camera usability features and functions, including AF/AE Separation (Auto Focus/ Auto Exposure Separation) for the precise balance of light and clarity, next-generation Pro Suggest mode which offers 5 optimized filter settings, Selfie Alarm that allows users to take timed selfies with ease, and object tracing for a clear, focused shot of a moving subject. Each feature comes with a simple User Interface, allowing users to easily capture photos and videos with groundbreaking quality, in any situation.
The compact and highly portable Galaxy K zoom features an ergonomic grip and sleek, stylish lines that feel soft and comfortable in the hand. Additionally, the Galaxy K zoom offers all the features that consumers want in a flagship Galaxy smartphone, such as Ultra Power Saving Mode for minimizing the battery consumption, S Health Lite for personalized fitness and lifestyle coaching, and a Studio app to allow users to easily edit their pictures and videos.
2. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
KQ.... K..... S5 prime?..... Facepalms S5 zoom aka K zoom
3. galanoth (Posts: 339; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
I'll import one to play with.
It's got enough power to be a mid-high range phone.
And it has a great camera.
Already have a 64GB SD card to spare.
4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1519; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I'm expecting a lot from this. That bulky design (not as bad as predecessor though), picture quality should be at least on par with 1020.
17. Deaconclgi (Posts: 328; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Don't confuse superior zooming capabilities with superior picture quality as that is what most people do. The K Zoom will wipe the floor with the 1020 in a zoom contest due to physics of the optical zoom and the same can be said of the 1020 wiping the floor with the K Zoom with image quality (no zoom used, pure image quality comparison) due to the physics of the much larger sensor.
I hope reviewers and writers that compare realize that an optically zoomed photo has a frame proximity advantage and not necessarily an image quality advantage.
For majority of consumers, zooming in = better image quality when actually on only means a clearer and closer image. If both phones take photos without zoom, you can directly compare the actual image quality otherwise you will be comparing the zoomed imaged quality and for that, the K Zoom's optical zoomed image will be superior due to zoom alone.
27. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3720; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
As you point out, "digital zoom" is a somewhat misleading term as it is not the same thing as "optical zoom".
"Digital zoom is accomplished by cropping an image down to a centered area with the same aspect ratio as the original, and usually also interpolating the result back up to the pixel dimensions of the original. It is accomplished electronically, with no adjustment of the camera's optics, and no optical resolution is gained in the process. This enlargement of the pixels also creates a pixelation/mosaic effect in the image."
For reasonable comparison of say a Nokia 1020 vs. this new Samsung, a variety of photography scenarios should be used, some where optical zoom is the common technique for getting the shot, some where digital zoom suffices for the shot, and some where no zoom is required for the shot. And these scenarios should include a variety of focus distances spanning macro to various longer range uses. Furthermore, the scenarios should include a range of "shot times", from stills to slow action to fast action.
My guess is that this new Samsung is going to produce superior results to the Nokia 1020 in many common usage scenarios -- especially considering the 1020's long lag time to first shot and relatively long shot to shot lag time.
5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Release the damn spare battery and back covers so I can use my 50% discount Samsung.
6. fzacek (Posts: 2197; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
I actually like it this year. Pretty nice design, very acceptable specs, and a great camera. Not bad, Samsung...
18. Doakie (Posts: 1321; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Hmmmmm.... 4.8" 720p is good enough....at least it's 4.8" with off screen capacitive buttons AND it has this generations multitasking button instead of a stupid menu button! I really want an amazing Android camera. 20 MP, 10x optical zoom. If this thing had a Snapdragon 600 or better and 16 GB of internal storage on AT&T in the USA I'll give up my Note 3 and get a Galaxy K Zoom in a heartbeat. I was satisfied with the Galaxy S 3's 4.8" 720p screen; I can put up with that for a great camera.
23. livyatan (Posts: 753; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
The Exynos 5 Hexa is actually a good SoC..comparable Snapdragon 600, or even a bit better.
Read the Note 3 Neo review on gsmarena. With 720p resolution it has performance comparable to that if Snapdragon 800 at 1080p
44. ashouhdy (Posts: 44; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
As said above this processor ismore powerfull than snapdragon 800 on a 1080p display
7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Btw how in the hell is this a stylish body. Its impressively slim though considering the optics and xenon flash.
32. wargreymon (Posts: 180; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)
Maybe Nick is into BBW. I see no other explanation.
10. Lt.Green (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Very nice but I'm still not feeling the perforated pattern, probably prettier with faux leather imo.
11. mokhtar (Posts: 268; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
really samsung suck , wtf is that , with that price i will buy a pro cam , best camera phone design .. LUMIA 1020 .. CLOSE ENOUGH
13. maccess (Posts: 632; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
Butt hurt.. no one ask you to buy it.. just shut up and forget it if you dont like it..
20. galanoth (Posts: 339; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
There was no price announced.
What are you talking about?
14. NotAGeek (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Yuck,perforated back again?I would rather use my pocket cam for optical zoom.Calling with a camera was just awkward IMO
16. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Battery??? Should be 4000+++ coz that xenon flash will use much power.
I like the design from the back, front is same as any other Galaxy. I think the price would be $500-$600, hope so.
19. Deaconclgi (Posts: 328; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
I was hoping for a larger sensor. Come on Samsung, at least use a 2010 sensor size of 1/1.8 like the Nokia N8.
Maybe they will put more R&D into the sensor for the 3rd Zoom.
21. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
really really nice....especially for the front surface of the camera, it enhances grip during photo taking...
22. diehardnokian (Posts: 78; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)
OIS is a welcome addition! nice one Samsung:)
29. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
It was already there for S4 Zoom. So for its successor, it will be there and definitely it's there.
24. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)
The blue one actually looks very nice.
25. sip1995 (Posts: 942; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Another wannabe Nokia Lumia 1020 from Samesung .
35. sergiobr (Posts: 435; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
You only have a camera we have ... the rest. Try Sony RX100 next time.
41. sergiobr (Posts: 435; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
26. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3720; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Better than I thought it would be. But I'd trade some of that optical zoom for a larger, higher quality sensor. I also wonder how good the JPEG processing is going to be. So far, Samsung's JPEG processing is biased towards punchy images, but not accurate colors.
Price will determine whether or not people flock to this device. It's got decent specs other than the sensor size, and offers good value, but not if it is overpriced. I would consider anything above about $450-500 no contract to be overpriced.
28. rns122112 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 Jan 2014)
Stylish design? You mean the same body as almost every other Samsung phone?
30. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3720; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
I think they mean the "bandaid" plastic, similar to the S5. "Fab glam" or whatever Samsung called it.
38. rns122112 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 Jan 2014)
I know the bandaid look but other than that look at the front shape layout etc it's the same damn thing as any other damn samsung phone. That's why I went with the droid ultra cause I'm tired of the same look in samsung
33. gigaraga (Posts: 1381; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
RIP Lumia 1020520920720. The real killer beast is here.
34. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1038; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
the lumia 1020 beat the last samsung zoom or whatever it's called
and it's actually a phone :P !
plus i heard there's a nokia camera phone coming from nokiasoft this year game on !
40. sergiobr (Posts: 435; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
Try Sony RX100 II is cheaper and better. If you need a phone go android.
36. sergiobr (Posts: 435; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
60fps , OIS, NFC etc missing only 1" sensor. I´ll buy it anyway, but waiting the K2 with big sensor !
37. surethom (Posts: 321; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)
Much better than last year but STILL too thick, should have been 5x optical zoom & max 15mm thick, also 8gb storage is pathetic & shows how cheap samsung is, even putting apps, photos & videos on SD card the phone will fill up within a few months Flash memory is so cheap.
39. anleoflippy (Posts: 317; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
A better design than the last generation, lets see how it plays.
42. tokuzumi (Posts: 348; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
8GB? How much space is left? 1GB? I like this, but why can't they just make it a S4 spec'd device, and put at least 16GB? I would love to have a phone like this, but I don't want hardware from 2 generations ago. Are people actually buying these phones? This is the 3rd one Sammy has released, but none of the devices are very desirable.
43. DaMaster (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)
the Sensor on the S5 is incredible , Photos look idential a lot of the times sharper than my sony Nex 6 camera , video looks insanely better, wonder why they didnt use that sensor instead.
45. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
having a 10x optical requires space, making it to much of a fatty for my liking, but I'm sure there will be many who don't feel the same. Glad Samsung are making different devices to suit different people