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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is official: 4.3-incher with 10x optical zoom, OIS and Xenon flash

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is official: 4.3-incher with 10x optical zoom, OIS and Xenon flash
Samsung just outed the rumored Galaxy S4 Zoom cameraphone, and it is every bit as resemblant to the Galaxy Camera concept as on the leaked pictures before.

The mian differences are that it is more compact, achieved by limiting the zoom level to 10x instead of the 21x on Samsung's Android camera, and it has voice calling functions, not only data connectivity.

At the front it resembles a Galaxy S4 Mini, with the same 4.3" 540x960 pixels Super AMOLED display, but is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Exynos 4212 processor, aided by 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage plus a microSD slot for expansion, and, of course, that sweet 16 MP camera with 10x optical zoom on the back and optical image stabilization. Android 4.2 is running the show, and the phone packs a 2330 mAh battery to power it all up.

The body is officially 15.4mm thick, yet in the camera lens part, which has a zoom ring, that goes to 25mm, and the typical grip bulge is here as well, so it is more of a compact camera with phone functions than anything else. Still, it is the first phone with 10x optical zoom, Xenon flash and all the bells and whistles of manual control over your photos and videos, like aperture, exposure and white balance settings, as well as no less than 26 preset shooting modes, including exotics like Baby, Golf and Smart Suggest, where the camera app tells you which shooting modes are suitable for the current scene.

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posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:36 42

1. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


As much as I like the zoom thing for camera phones, but this device is so FREAKING UGLY!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:41 29

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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:13 10

13. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I will NOT bee seen with this thing on my face!!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:15 14

15. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Samesung on steriods named Galaxy,every week we have a new smartphone.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:28 9

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

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:33 15

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.
Samsung R.I.P

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:38 1

25. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


And when this device will receive the like iOS7 UI?

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:41 1

27. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


When iOS7 copy more from Android.WP8..........

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:47

35. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


But Android do not look like WP8, so iOS7 look like Android or WP8?

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:39 1

26. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Samsung R.I.P!? Because they make camera with smartphone stuff? You are so funny!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:43

29. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Thanks :)

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:55 3

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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:35 2

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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:45 3

30. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Lumia EOS's optical zoom is better. Check it out here.

https://imageshack.us/scaled/large/6/eoslumia.jpg

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:50

38. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Lol...i thought it was a real comparison!!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:47 5

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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:52 1

63. bon24x7 (Posts: 201; 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..

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:54 1

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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:18

73. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 298; 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

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:04 4

88. Taters (Posts: 2579; 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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:12 1

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?

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:29 5

96. Taters (Posts: 2579; 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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 10:30 1

117. x_maly_x (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


Taters...Change eye doctor...this one fulls you....

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:08 4

89. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Every single comparison between these two device came to the same conclusion. Heck, even the GSIII was a better all rounder.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:53 7

12. Kurai (unregistered)


It's an abomination . . .

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:05 6

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 ...

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:16 3

72. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 298; Member since: 07 May 2012)


lumia eos will make this look like a piece of garbage!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:10 1

79. akki20892 (Posts: 3226; 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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 13:26

150. Altair (Posts: 316; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Shamesung "S4" zoom vs Nokia Lumia EOS! Who will win????

http://i.imgur.com/q3Y3JY7.jpg

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 21:04

172. akki20892 (Posts: 3226; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


let me guess....hmm I think eos win right.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:37 2

2. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Dang it Samsung....IF only it was at least 720p :-(

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:45 2

9. _Bone_ (Posts: 2103; 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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:50 5

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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:19

53. muhsen (Posts: 238; 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 !!!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:38 3

3. epicandroid (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


I actually find this device to be quite good looking~

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:15 6

14. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Really??? You eyes must be smaller than mine!!!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:22 7

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

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:46

31. Jason2k13 (Posts: 626; 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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:39 17

4. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1085; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


people will laugh at you while making a call with that phone/camera

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:43 16

8. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


It's a new category - Phamera.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:50

37. samystic (Posts: 188; 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

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:39 1

5. rusticguy (Posts: 2813; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


So this is Samsung's version of ELVIS :)

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:16 7

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


More like "pElvis" :D

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:35

24. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


I LOLed.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 21:18

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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:42 11

7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2158; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


No mach for the mighty EOS!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 04:52 9

11. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


forget EOS, this thing will get served by the 808 anyway.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:29 2

21. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Gsmarena already try them both!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:26 7

18. Jason2k13 (Posts: 626; 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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:28 5

19. shadez10 (Posts: 395; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


UGLY!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:41 6

28. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 701; 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

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:46 2

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

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:33 4

97. Taters (Posts: 2579; 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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:41 1

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

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 10:27 3

116. Taters (Posts: 2579; 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.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 05:52 3

41. samystic (Posts: 188; 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

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:00 4

67. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 701; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


nokia 808's only camera was good....... dead OS and feature led it to failure .........

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:07 2

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

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:21 4

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?

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:29 1

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

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