Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is official: 20.7MP, OIS, and 10x optical zoom in a stylish body


Is it a smartphone, or is it a camera? Well, the Samsung Galaxy K zoom is actually a mix of both. Announced at Samsung's event at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore, the gadget is here to succeed last year's Galaxy S4 Zoom and to meet the needs of those in search of a zero-compromise cameraphone. At the same time, it is a full-fledged, 3G/LTE-enabled Android smartphone sprinkled with a generous dose of Samsung's software goodies.

Design-wise, the Samsung Galaxy K zoom has drawn inspiration from the Galaxy S5 as it features the flagship's distinct perforated pattern and shimmering finish. What's new, however, is the dedicated camera button on the side, which is a must-have for any camera-centric handset. With a weight of 7.05 ounces (200 grams) and thickness of 0.8 inches (20.2 millimeters) at its thickest point, the Samsung Galaxy K zoom ranks among the bulkier smartphones out there. On the other hand, its proportions seem perfectly acceptable for something packing a 10x zoom optical system. 

The screen on the Samsung Galaxy K zoom measures 4.8 inches in diagonal. It is of the Super AMOLED variety, meaning that we can expect vivid color reproduction and excellent viewing angles out of it. The resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels produces a pixel-per-inch figure of 306 ppi, which is more than acceptable.

Under the hood of the Samsung Galaxy K zoom beats a hexa-core SoC – an Exynos 5 model featuring a 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 setup handling lighter tasks and a 1.7 GHz dual-core Cortex-A15 CPU which kicks in when extra power is needed. Two gigs of RAM have also been thrown in for good measure. On-board storage capacity is limited to only 8 gigs, but a microSD card slot allows that to be expanded with cards of at least 64 gigabytes. 

As for the most exciting part of the equation – the device's camera – Samsung has chosen to go with a 20.7MP BSI CMOS camera sensor that is 1/2.3" in size, which about as big as the one in the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Aperture size varies between F3.1 at 1x zoom and F6.3 at 10x zoom. To eliminate motion blur caused by shaky hands, the Galaxy K zoom features optical image stabilization. Furthermore, the Galaxy K zoom packs a powerful xenon flash accompanied by an assistive LED light, just like its predecessor.

Camera modes and settings can be configured manually, of course, which should be great news for experienced photographers. Auto-focus and auto-exposure can be controlled separately for superior image control, and the object tracking feature will allow you to snap clear shots of moving objects. In addition, the Pro Suggest mode built into the camera UI allows the camera to pick the optimal settings depending on the scene being captured. There is also a neat Selfie Alarm mode for taking high-quality self-shots with the main camera – point the snapper at yourself and the camera will let you know when you're in the frame. 

On the software side of things, the Samsung Galaxy K zoom will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung's TouchWiz UI will be layered on top, to no surprise, bringing extras like Ultra Power Saving mode, Kids mode, and the S Health Lite fitness companion. The pre-loaded Studio app will let users easily edit and manage images taken with the Galaxy K zoom and then share them online for the world to see. 

And this, guys, is the new Samsung Galaxy K zoom. It is scheduled to launch in May, yet we are still unsure whether or not we'll ever see it released on a US carrier. Pricing isn't known, but something tells us that the gizmo won't be cheap.




source: Samsung

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45 Comments

45. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 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

43. DaMaster

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 28, 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.

42. tokuzumi

Posts: 2024; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

39. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

A better design than the last generation, lets see how it plays.

37. surethom

Posts: 1769; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

36. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

60fps , OIS, NFC etc missing only 1" sensor. I´ll buy it anyway, but waiting the K2 with big sensor !

33. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

RIP Lumia 1020520920720. The real killer beast is here.

34. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 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: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Try Sony RX100 II is cheaper and better. If you need a phone go android.

28. rns122112 unregistered

Stylish design? You mean the same body as almost every other Samsung phone?

30. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I think they mean the "bandaid" plastic, similar to the S5. "Fab glam" or whatever Samsung called it.

38. rns122112 unregistered

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

26. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

25. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Another wannabe Nokia Lumia 1020 from Samesung .

31. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Samsucks

35. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

You only have a camera we have ... the rest. Try Sony RX100 next time.

41. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

24. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

The blue one actually looks very nice.

22. diehardnokian

Posts: 148; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

OIS is a welcome addition! nice one Samsung:)

29. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

It was already there for S4 Zoom. So for its successor, it will be there and definitely it's there.

21. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

really really nice....especially for the front surface of the camera, it enhances grip during photo taking...

19. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

16. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

14. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yuck,perforated back again?I would rather use my pocket cam for optical zoom.Calling with a camera was just awkward IMO

12. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Battery info?

11. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 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: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Butt hurt.. no one ask you to buy it.. just shut up and forget it if you dont like it..

15. Adithya7184 unregistered

someone's butthurt..lol

20. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

There was no price announced. What are you talking about?

10. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Very nice but I'm still not feeling the perforated pattern, probably prettier with faux leather imo.

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