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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review is now published - click here to read it.

Camera

The S4 Zoom sports a 16 MP camera with, you guessed it, optical zoom capabilities. These are up to 10x, and can be called with either the lens zoom ring or the volume rocker while in the camera app.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview

The zoom ring also serves another function called Camera Mode Shortcut – outside of the camera app you can just turn it a little in any direction, and a jog dial with the most used shooting modes appears, so you can quickly select the one suitable for the occasion and take a shot. The ring rotates pretty often while you are handling the phone with one hand, though, as there is just no easy way to place your fingers on the back without touching it even a little.

Samsung states that the CMOS sensor is 1.8x bigger than your typical smartphone sensor, and is backside-illuminated, and these should mean better photography with less light around in principle. To further aid low-light capabilities, Samsung graced the handset with a Xenon flash and an optical image stabilization mechanism. OIS compensates for your hands' movements by shifting the module in the opposite direction numerous times per second. This allows for the sensor to be much more stable, hence slower shutter speeds can be used in low-light conditions without the typical blur, just like on the Nokia Lumia flagships and the HTC One. The OIS system is also useful while zoomed in, where each little movement can throw the whole frame off the tracks.

The camera app offers four general shooting modes – automatic, manual, smart and My Mode – which can be accessed on the right in the interface. The manual mode, called Expert, lets you adjust every little aspect of your picture-taking – from up to 3200 ISO through shutter speeds up to 16s, to adjusting the color “sense” of the frame and numerous white balance settings. There are two aperture options – f/3.1 and f/8.8 - which is not as good as dedicated camera, but still more than other smartphones, where this aspect is fixed at one value.



Smart regime has 26 presets - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
Smart regime has 26 presets - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview

Smart regime has 26 presets

The Smart regime has no less than 26 preset modes, ranging from the usual Rich Tone (HDR), Panorama and Best Face, to more exotic ones like Golf, Baby and Food. Golf takes a number of pics in quick succession to catch that perfect swing, Baby issues a funny sound pre-shot to attract your toddler's attention, and Food just makes for that perfect Instagram posting of your breakfast, you know you want it. Smart Suggest is also an interesting one here, as it offers you to choose the best suited presets when you half-press the shutter key or touch to focus.

My Mode you can populate with shortcuts to your preferred presets, or the phone picks for you from the ones you are using the most. A number of color effects evoked from the bottom round up the rich camera app functions.

We are supplying the pictures themselves for you below, but bear in mind that this is a pre-release version of the camera algorithms, so not everything is what's cracked up to be, and we'll judge in the retail unit. 

 


Video is recorded in 1080p with 30fps, with good detail and saturated colors at first blush, but again, we'll pass a verdict when the final software is on the phone. You can use the optical zoom while shooting video, but there is an option in the settings you have to check, so as the phone weeds out the zoom motor noise. Another option lets it cut the piercing wind noise that often invades the mics outside.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Night time Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Indoor Sample Video:




Multimedia

The gallery has the usual split-view layout and pinch-to-rearrange abilities, and it also sports a rich photo editing power built directly in the interface. It lets you resize, crop, paint, add text and effects over the photos, as well as enhance them automatically.

The music player is the tried stock TouchWiz one that offers a number of sound modes and equalizer presets built in. Despite the chunky phone body, the loudspeaker is a relatively wimpy affair of average quality, just like on your typical smartphone.

Gallery and music player - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
Gallery and music player - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
Gallery and music player - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
Gallery and music player - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview

Gallery and music player



Video playback is spotless - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview
Video playback is spotless - Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Preview

Video playback is spotless

Video playback is spotless, with the phone running all popular formats, including DivX/Xvid and MKV, up to 1080p resolution.

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posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:45 22

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4840; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


UGLY......

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:15 16

12. tiara6918 (Posts: 1246; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Samsung should fire their current design team asap before an even more ugly galaxy shows up

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:24 6

14. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4840; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I agree! xD

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:51 2

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


To improve the sales of other brands like HTC, Sony, Nokia, etc i think it is better for Samsung to stay on building ugly phones.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:16 3

30. umadden (banned) (Posts: 90; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)


htc sony nokia etc can't even outsell ugly phones. rofl that's sad

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:25 3

33. tashreef (Posts: 475; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


yes because the world is full of Mindless Fansungs like you ...

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:37 3

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


Nope, it's because Samsung's products are only beautiful to Samsung fanboys. Those who ranted about Nokia making bricks, now they'll have to swallow those comments,

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:42 1

39. jdoee100 (Posts: 271; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Beautiful has nothing to do with it. It's just preferring function over form. Of course, people like you would want
your camera and phones to look like a work of art rather than devices.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 16:43 1

61. felisberto (Posts: 32; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


then how come samsung make 95% android profits?

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 13:02 1

54. Altair (Posts: 298; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Yes they should. Problem is that they DON'T have any design team. Havent you heard? Since 2007 Shamesung hired only industrial spies and those who are familiar with photoshop and can edit other OEM designs.

Then PR department calls it "Humans best companion"! laugh

Oh and yes, they hired a lot of lawmans as well!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 16:59 1

62. willard12 (Posts: 555; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Its odd that there are so many comments about how a camera looks (which is a matter of opinion) rather than how well it works. I doubt anyone will look at a Cannon and comment "that is ugly." Has anyone ever discussed how beautiful the design of a camera is or do they discuss how beautiful the photos are? Its a camera with android functionality. I guess if you're one of the 15 people in world concerned with how your camera looks, this isn't for you.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:56 1

22. TheBitterrTruth (unregistered)


Exactly! They should change their design ASAP

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:38

38. jdoee100 (Posts: 271; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Why? So they can catch up to HTC??
Samsung design could be better. But in this case, I'd rather have function over form rather than form over function.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:22 2

45. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


ugly as troll i must SAY and device layout is terible no plan just put all things randomly on the back what a jerk hired to make this garbage

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:44 1

47. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4840; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Samsung should fire their current design team ASAP.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 13:06 1

55. Altair (Posts: 298; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


This is what you get, when Shamesung can't copy others. Don't worry, next years model will be exactly like this years Nokia Lumia EOS.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 15:49

60. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


actully there was nothing to be copied here they made a stunt :D epic

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:47 7

2. phljcnth (Posts: 201; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Physical shutter key, zoom ring, grip bulge, tripod mount; heck, this is more of a camera than a phone! Now I know why it looks like this.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:52 7

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 1156; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


This is useless. You can buy better phones and better cameras.... Stupid idea.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:59 12

5. rency0722 (Posts: 43; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


And the true cameraphones will be backed up by Nokia and Sony (Ericsson), just like the good old days.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 13:08

56. Altair (Posts: 298; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Yeah, except there are no such thing as Sony (Ericsson) anymore. Besides Sony doesn't know how to make phones or cameras. They should focus to PS4.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 06:59 10

6. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 724; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


sony will make a slimmer one then this brick.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 18:21

63. maccess (Posts: 479; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


but much worse picture quality..

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:06 1

11. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


I don't like it. Too much design compromise for camera usage that camera phone experience is ruined. The Nokia N8 and 808 manages to be the best in class without too much sacrifice with the phone side(I wished that these two run on Android and it will be perfect.).

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:33 3

15. ArtSim98 (Posts: 1156; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


This is not a brick. Bricks are bulky but also very sturdy. So I don't know what this is then...

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:34 3

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Brick...Brick...Brick...Brick....there, I said it!!! Thumb me down if you can!! Hahah

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:45 2

17. raunak (Posts: 490; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


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

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 13:10

57. Altair (Posts: 298; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


HAHA yeah good picture.

Shamesung - "We like to make slim phones and such!" errr wait!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:53 1

19. sergiobr (Posts: 312; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


I loved it ! I was searching for a good camera and Android !

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:56 1

20. TheBitterrTruth (unregistered)


They can't compete with Nokia..

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 13:47 1

59. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


xperiaDROID how many pa accounts you have?

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:56 1

21. hboy857 (Posts: 130; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Looks like a phone glued to a camera.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:58 3

23. mamba (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 May 2013)


Sammy is playing game of one upmanship... Trying to beat both nokia and sony in bringing this phone first to market.... Sadly its gonna hurt them bad... They tried same with announcement of ATIV last year, tried to outdo nokia...

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 07:59 3

24. mamba (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 May 2013)


Sammy is playing game of one upmanship... Trying to beat both nokia and sony in bringing this phone first to market.... Sadly its gonna hurt them bad... They tried same with announcement of ATIV last year, tried to outdo nokia...

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:14 2

29. umadden (banned) (Posts: 90; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)


it's funny because they are beating them lel

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:23

32. tashreef (Posts: 475; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


Beating? Ativ s ? Nokia owns 80% WP market.... may be it's 3% of world smartphone market share

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:35 1

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


LOL
Ativ S is biting dust in windows phone department

Samsung tried to be first in everything in something that they are not good at, and camera in phones is one of them (in fact, i dont think there is anyone who will mention Samsung when you bring up the topic of digital cameras). First isnt necessarily the best. Samsung rushed ahead and announced the first windows phone 8 device, and guess what, it's selling worse than HTC 8X, let alone Nokia's Lumia phones.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:46 3

41. jdoee100 (Posts: 271; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Sadly, window phones are biting dust. No wonder samsung is not interested in them.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:06 1

43. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


when samsung falls they will wish they had tried better in all area's, they wont be kings of android forever and with phones like the HTC one stepping up and matching there s4 it wont be long

why are you trying to defend samsung so hard? and why wont you comment on the design and average camera of this point and shoot.....nothing that catches your eye about this device

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 12:57 1

53. Altair (Posts: 298; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


You don't know what you are talking about. WP8 is growing faster than anything else atm. Go away Shamesung copycat fanatic.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:01 1

25. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2103; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


How one would keep it in his pocket, so that lens or screen should not be damaged by outer force.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:04 2

26. raj1402 (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


This is how samsung will end up when they think to create a compete with nokia EOS mobile !!! UGLY!!!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 08:09 1

27. mottykels (Posts: 362; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Is this the new galaxy camera?

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:17 1

44. Nimit_Desai (Posts: 18; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


samsung galaxy zoom-"im the best camera phone"
nokia lumia eos-"BITCH PLZZZZ"

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:27

46. felisberto (Posts: 32; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=3RQp​QV9_3oM

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 09:54 3

48. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


damn ugly..... ugliest phone ever built. ugly phone of the year 2013

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 18:22

64. maccess (Posts: 479; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


like your face??

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 08:03

66. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


if u making it personal dude., then NAA ITS LIKE UR MOM'S ugly face n ass. :P

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 10:20 1

50. Sonny_09 (Posts: 48; Member since: 24 May 2013)


I would say have fun with those dual core processor. :)

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 12:38

51. Muche (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


wakaflocka doing an ad for them would be in order BRICK SQUAAAAAAD!

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 12:53 1

52. Altair (Posts: 298; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Imagine yourself holding this ugly thing on your ear! Everyone will laugh for you!

This is what Shamesung does, when it does not copy. And why to release it as "S4" while it does not have specs S4 has?

Milking some S4 cow perhaps? Shame on you Shamesung.

posted on 12 Jun 2013, 13:12 1

58. jiezel91 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


A bad move by Samsung really. Too much compromise is done just to emphasize the camera part of the device. Really now? And worse, they even incorporated the S4 name! By doing so, they are damaging the reputation of the "Galaxy S" line of products which is usually state-of-the-art and well-thought premium devices by Samsung. So far, Samsung has been releasing good Galaxy S products... until now. This one looks just like an ordinary smartphone slapped with optical zoom camera and xenon flash at the back in a rushed decision and then release it without further balancing some of the elements on the phone side.

You have to be a hardcore Samsung fan to buy this. This one looks ugly, let's face it. This is what happens when you are in a hurry and don't spend time perfecting your products. They think that because people are mad about the Galaxy line, they thought everything they release would sell like hotcakes, hence they no longer spend time making their products beautiful.

Seriously, this one hardly has the qualities of a "Galaxy S" product to begin with.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 03:25

65. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 487; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


This is even more ridiculous than the Kyocera Echo.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 13:33

67. Seany (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


You seriously think anyone would carry this around as a phone?? Is it a phone with a camera or a camera with a phone?? pointless and silly and imagine making a call with that thing??

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