Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is official: 4.3-incher with 10x optical zoom, OIS and Xenon flash
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.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is official
1. tiara6918 (Posts: 1352; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
As much as I like the zoom thing for camera phones, but this device is so FREAKING UGLY!
6. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Samsung duct taped a Galaxy S4 mini with a Galaxy Camera, and i would like to see a drop test for this. Yes, it wont be durable. Add in otterbox case it will be a true BRICK compared to any Nokia phones out there.
Lumia EOS will eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other than the optical zoom it has no other advantages to me.
13. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I will NOT bee seen with this thing on my face!!
15. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 352; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Samesung on steriods named Galaxy,every week we have a new smartphone.
20. santaclaus (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
i would say this S4 Zoom is not comparable to EOS. First, it is bulkier than EOS. Second, its optical zoom does not stand a place against superpixel of 41MP EOS
22. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
I'm not going to say anything bad about this device, the pictures say it all!
Sorry, I changed my mind, this device is a piece of junk.
25. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
And when this device will receive the like iOS7 UI?
27. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)
When iOS7 copy more from Android.WP8..........
35. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
But Android do not look like WP8, so iOS7 look like Android or WP8?
26. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)
Samsung R.I.P!? Because they make camera with smartphone stuff? You are so funny!
66. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Did you just say Samsung R.I.P? Yep. True. After all, Lumia EOS, EOS stands for End Of Samsung.
23. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Actually the optical zoom allows for further zoom, but when you take a photo without zooming then nothing (other then OIS) can help to improve the sharpness of the photo, and reduce noise. So i still prefer the oversampling tech.
30. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Lumia EOS's optical zoom is better. Check it out here.
38. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Lol...i thought it was a real comparison!!
61. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
Optical zoom is lossless in daylight and will be better than eos. This camera will be better than in daylight than eos, just like all lumias vs for example SGS4 (SGS4 crushes lumia in daylight). But maybe eos will be better in night. This will be fight to be seen.
63. bon24x7 (Posts: 203; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
does this so called SGS4 take better pics than a pureview 808? If not what makes you think S4 zoom will be better against Lumia EOS? EOS will probably be better in daylight and night..
64. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
not true, the EOS wont be able to zoom in to the extent of the 10x optical zoom but thanks to oversamspling you can crop pictures with the loss of quality. plus the 808 beat the galaxy camera in quality in daylight so expect the same from the EOS
s4 doesnt crush the range of lumia's in daylight either, there pretty comparable and on par depending on the situation.
73. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 307; Member since: 07 May 2012)
SGS4 doesn't even come near to the lumia 920 or 925 in daylight or night. where'd you get your info.
u need a pair of glasses,or new ones if you're already wearing them
88. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
LOL Nokia fans. They are hilarious. The GS4 camera is the best camera right now in all the comparisons. The iphone 5 already beat the pants off of the Lumia 920 in daylight.
90. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
you just went too a new extreme of idiocy
''The GS4 camera is the best camera right now in all the comparisons''
you forgetting the 808, even the n8 would keep up and thats years old.
speaking of the iphone, you failed to mention the users of P.A voted the iphone 5's pics were better then the s4's........why leave that out?
96. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Well, if I included the extreme outliers like the 808 and n8, I would have to include monstrosities like this GS4 zoom which could very well end up taking the best pictures since it is basically a camera disguised as a phone.
If you compare real phones, then yes the GS4 is the best so far.
Nokia fans are stupid and hilarious or maybe just stupid.
117. x_maly_x (Posts: 62; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)
Taters...Change eye doctor...this one fulls you....
89. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Every single comparison between these two device came to the same conclusion. Heck, even the GSIII was a better all rounder.
12. Kurai (unregistered)
It's an abomination . . .
69. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)
Now the fanboys will understand what it takes to build a smartphone with best camera... Nokia 808 looks more compact and stronger than this one ...
72. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 307; Member since: 07 May 2012)
lumia eos will make this look like a piece of garbage!
79. akki20892 (Posts: 3304; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
one word: R U kiding me. this phone will around 600$ or 700$, then better to buy Nikon or Canon DSLR camera, take a photo then copy to our smartphone then post it on social network. or buy all in one EOS.
150. Altair (Posts: 323; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Shamesung "S4" zoom vs Nokia Lumia EOS! Who will win????
172. akki20892 (Posts: 3304; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
let me guess....hmm I think eos win right.
2. FlushGordon (unregistered)
Dang it Samsung....IF only it was at least 720p :-(
9. _Bone_ (Posts: 2106; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
It's best waiting for the Lumia EOS and the Sony Honami. The latter looks like a winner with a 1080p 5" screen, SD800, Android 4.2/4.3 and a large 16MP Exmor RS sensor. Of course The Nokia may still beat it out in terms of picture quality, but likely with a heavier device with smaller, lower-res screen, same 2011 specs and Windows... either way, they should comfortable beat out the S4 Zoom camera like the S4 itself produces better picture clarity.
10. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Specs of Lumia EOS is definitely lower than Honami, since WP doesnt need that extra processing power, - instead of snapdragon 800 (the only chip that can handle up to 55MP) i think it will use lower powered processor with a dedicated image chip, something like a 2nd GPU like what was done in the 808.
But when it comes to image quality i tend to favor Nokia - Sony has let me down countless times, unless they can prove themselves wrong.
53. muhsen (Posts: 243; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
2011 specs and low res ??? it seems that u r living under a rock since 2011...nokia lumia devices have 768p screens (not 1080p but better than 720p) and they run on snapdragon s4....maybe not the best like 600 or s4 pro but still one of the best !!!
3. epicandroid (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)
I actually find this device to be quite good looking~
14. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Really??? You eyes must be smaller than mine!!!
17. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
please explain how, in what way is this good looking for a phone
its basically an average point and shoot been sold as a phone, samsung are really milking there line up
31. Jason2k13 (Posts: 633; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
it's kinda ugly for a phone, but it looks great as your secondary camera, since its still smaller and thinner than some point and shoot camera.
4. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1120; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
people will laugh at you while making a call with that phone/camera
37. samystic (Posts: 189; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)
wait... that has been taken, copyrighted for life and exclusively belongs to Nokia Pureview 808... don't tell me Samsung is copying that as well
5. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
So this is Samsung's version of ELVIS :)
173. wurmZ (Posts: 32; Member since: 11 Jun 2013)
it looks like to me as male pelvis, you know what i mean with the zoom protruding.
11. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
forget EOS, this thing will get served by the 808 anyway.
18. Jason2k13 (Posts: 633; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
if this device was just used as a camera it would look okay, but if you use it for texting and calling you would look stupid.
28. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
dont hate it.... coz at least samsung trying to provide every thing handy.... now u dont have to carry a phone and a digital camera anywhere.... samsung just give u a choice to choose this if u want
32. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
you have to be real blind or up samsung to say this yet when nokia give you the same sort of evice but with more thought and innovation involved your kind slate it for the size etc
the days of carrying point and shoots everywhere was gone when the 808 was released, tbf most are happy with there sony xperia's, HTC ones and s3-4's on day to day. samsung arent doing this to give choice they are seeing if they have enough mindless fan to buy this half assed device
its a point and shoot with phone ability's , basically a recycled galaxy camera, there diluting there own brand becuase there becoming complacent. they think as there on top they dont need to break new ground and can just saturate the market with average devices
97. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
lol Someone has a lot of unjustified hate. Just because someone blasted the 808 for being fugly and you didn't like it, it doesn't mean Wiki Jaan over there, who likes choice, blasted it for being fugly. He could have very well welcomed the 808 with open arms back then the same way he welcomed this.
Stop trying to look butt hurt. It is pathetic because he said absolutely nothing about the 808. you brought it up dumb ass.
100. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
ohh look the HTC hating samsung humping fanboy is mouthing off again, didnt you get shut up by all those that kept proving you wrong. must be hard been made to look stupid everytime you comment
that wiki from his comments is always praising samsung for stuff he later attacks other companies for. as for your ''fugly'' part samsung seems to have took that title havent they? well answer that
your the one trying your hardest to defend samsung yet you loved taking digs at the lumia range for been thicker then other devices so take digs at this...........no not going to wonder why
116. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
lol None of the HTC and Nokia fanboys here have the intellect to prove me wrong. Where are all these times where I have been proven wrong on Phonearena? I would like to see these times...lol
You however, have been provien wrong by myself and others a countless number of times. including this one.
Your garbage about him only praising Samsung and bashing other for the same things is anything but proven. I definitely haven't noticed it. I do know that he mentioned nothing about the 808 being fugly in this context, which is the Galaxy camera, though.
If you are going to whine like a little baby and attack someone for liking something, I suggest you get something stronger than "I saw him bash other stuff in another thread." That is not a very strong argument. In fact, it is terrible. Nokia fan boys are hilarious, they get dumber by the dozen.
41. samystic (Posts: 189; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)
when Nokia did it wiht 808 people with crazy minds blasted it for being 'cubby' yueah??? this one is UGLY
67. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
nokia 808's only camera was good....... dead OS and feature led it to failure .........
70. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
it was a niche device and people buying it knew what it offered. that dead os has all the functionality you need as well as features android fanboys brag about
the whole phone was good, it excelled in the camera department
but what you have said has nothing to do with his comment, answer why your kind arent attacking this zoom for been thick and ugly
92. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Same can be said about this device. Niche blablabla people buying it know blablabla.. but no, dead symbian doesn't have all the functionality and features of Android. Want to see that video again?
95. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
symbian has all the functionality needed day to day, and the features android fanboys brag about i.e. customization
what are you blah blah about, you need to be clearer in your comments sammy fan. and lets play the same game with you, what are these amazing features android has that others dont that are needed day to day?
and dont bring ''replace battery'' to the list like the last fanboy did lol