Samsung Galaxy K zoom stars in new promo video that showcases its abilities
The video highlights the 20.7MP BSI rear camera of the new Galaxy, as well as its 10x optical zoom, the Xenon flash, the Selfie Alarm feature, or the fact that you can separately control the auto focus and exposure of each photo.
We have to agree that it can be useful to have a smartphone with such powerful optics, though not everyone will appreciate the bulkiness of the K zoom (which is 16.6mm thick, and weighs 200 grams).
The Samsung Galaxy K zoom costs around €500 in Europe, and we’re expecting it to be sold for about $600 in the US (although we don't know exactly when it's going to be available Stateside). Apart from featuring a powerful camera, the K zoom offers a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, Android 4.4 KitKat, LTE, an Exynos 5 Hexa processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage space, and a 2,430 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy K zoom
1. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
Still a ridiculous device. Can't understand the logic in buying this.
3. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Have you seen social sites these days? It is full of pointless pics. We've all seen them. Come to think of it Instagram and otthers are entirely made up of pointless pics. So why not a pointless camera smartphone for pointless pics.
5. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
That's exactly my point. For the likes of instagram, facebook any smartphone camera will more than do. I'm not sure what this is for, plus the size and looks, ridiculous!
6. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1284; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Would be nice to carry one device when you go out of town for some site seeing. However, that small battery... it needs 4,000mAh or higher battery.
7. clirim (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)
why buy a cam when you have a choice that includes everything. and it is not bulky compared to phones that we had in the past.
8. jellmoo (Posts: 673; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
It caters to a similar group as a device like the 1020 does. People who aren't carrying a camera around, but want to take "better" pictures than what's available with most smartphones. A very niche audience to be sure, but it does exist.
9. Planterz (Posts: 835; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
People who like to take pictures - good ones - will have a real camera. But it's not always convenient to have a second camera, even a small point & shoot one. If it's one or the other, everybody's going to choose their phone. But something like the K Zoom combines the phone with a quality P&S.
I live in Tucson, Arizona, which is in the middle of the desert. There's always some sort of critter running around that I'd like to get a good picture of. A lizard, a scorpion, a coyote. Heck, I even saw a badger running around in the middle of town once. A 10X optical zoom and xenon flash would be great to have. I can't really justify the cost at this time though (for me, anyway).
17. maherk (Posts: 940; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Once you have a family you ll get the point behind these devices. I never had a digital camera, even when phones had 1.3mp camera, but when I had my lil daughter 17 months ago I started looking for a good camera, and I ended up with the Galaxy camera, since it is bases on Android and there are lots of apps that will help me edit and play with the pictures the way I want without the need of my computer. Why not DSLR? Easy, because they are too damn big and good ones are pretty expensive as well, add to that that I am not a professional photographer. It did the, and was ready to upgrade when Samsung announced the Galaxy Camera 2, but was left disappointed since there was no improvement in the sensor department what so ever. Now I am more interested in the K Zoom, it has a better lens and much more features than the Galaxy Camera plus I can use it as my everyday phone, but it will depend on the pricing here in the States.
19. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6502; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Better than buying a wifi camera all in one. and they make the lense a lil better. plus SAMSUNG always give consumer options you ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE. And remember NOKIA try to do this too.
27. uRiBiTo666 (Posts: 26; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)
As the video shows, this is for expert fotographers. They love to capture everything they see and see a creative possibility in what we see as normal objects. For "real life" use, I think I prefer normal phones.
2. buccob (Posts: 1429; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
If your life revolves around photography it seems actually very good. Otherwise I rather have a separate accessory like the QX-10 or QX-100
But still is an impressive ad.. and I have to admit that software-wise the camera seems superior than what others offer... including my QX-100 with Play Memories... (software could be way better)
10. AfterShock (Posts: 2806; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I kind of expected it to be same specs as S5, to which this is a far cry and as I see it, a sacrifice for camera.
I realize I'll never be it's intended market and there is no hope in Hades I'll stray into it over a great phone/decent camera market.
11. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3090; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
For most picture taking needs, a small capable camera like the RX100 is going to be a lot better than the Samsung. Having a 1" sensor really helps with the image quality. Samsung's K zoom is mostly pointless -- wrap a phone and a 10X optical zoom around a small sensor. It works, but it will never give you the image quality of a larger sensor.
22. sniperdroid (Posts: 122; Member since: 23 May 2013)
Moms are going to drool over this, a phone and a camera all in one, and don't mention the 1020 because I rarely see anyone with one.
25. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3090; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Moms didn't drool over the previous version of this phone, at least in the US. In fact, Samsung so far has decided to not sell the K Zoom in the US because the previous models didn't sell well.
BTW, I'm not a fan of the 1020. Great camera/sensor, but too much lag when it comes to taking pictures.
12. jrod78414 (Posts: 101; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
why have this why even bother having cameras on phone what a lousy concept no one will buy phones with cameras. next your going to tell they shoot movies on 4k with phones . Never mind they sell 100 millions. phones. people just want a phone. Peeople need to stop with just buy dslrs and post on instagram and facebook or mmybook whatever. Commentors on this like GIANI speak the trUTH Bet the COMMENTOR OWNS A FLIP PHON LIKE A BOSSS. YOU GO GIANNI. WHO NEEDS CHANGE . you don need one or 20 megapixel, just 1.3 ita all the same nor the res of the flip phone comrades. Stay TRUE
13. jrod78414 (Posts: 101; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
I say get nokia 1020 if really want pictures. just saying
21. maccess (Posts: 613; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
Just stfu boy.. go advertise your nokia elsewhere..
14. jrod78414 (Posts: 101; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
funny for most people saying 500 million strong they just use there phone for this, funny how that works.
20. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3090; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
I am sure she is happy because of the great news, that the two of you are going to get married because of the baby.
23. jellmoo (Posts: 673; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
While a niche product, I actually like the basis of it. The ability to zoom is the one thing that most smartphone cameras just don't quite have in the bag yet, and I think this is an interesting solution.
My only gripe with it is the 8GB internal storage. With half or so of it taken up the system, that leaves you only about 4GB (if that) for apps. In this day and age, that just doesn't cut it. It's one corner Samsung just shouldn't have cut.
24. John2014 (Posts: 33; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)
Other company trying to make thin and light weight phone. Who wants to buy such a thick and heavy phone.
26. maccess (Posts: 613; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
Even 5 years old kid have a better brain than you.. so sad..
29. mariosraptor (Posts: 110; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)
so, she is a MILF with an incredibly steady hand.
31. joey_sfb (Posts: 2931; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
So many Samsung haters crowing on every Samsung article and yet Samsung being Samsung announcing new product every months making big bucks. While the haters bite their nails.
I will buy a Samsung when it meet my need. Thanks for the laugh, suckers!
34. John2014 (Posts: 33; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)
Many part timer working in Samsung thread.