Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom cameraphone confirmed by Bluetooth SIG filing, to sport 10x optical zoom


Not that it should come as any surprise, but the upcoming Galaxy S4 Zoom SM-C101 cameraphone is allegedly going to sport a hearty 10x optical zoom, according to a Russian analyst who's leaked quite a few Samsung-based rumors lately, like predicting the Galaxy Core introduction not long ago.

Dmitry Ryabinin now claims that the S4 Zoom will actually resemble more the upcoming S4 Mini, rather than the flagship S4, meaning it will have smaller screen than Samsung's finest. Last we heard the Zoom is supposed to have a 4.3" display and a 16 MP snapping unit, which might be directly borrowed from the Galaxy Camera. The S4 Zoom also appeared in the Bluetooth SIG filing above recently, so it seems to indeed be on track for late May announcement and June launch.

Galaxy Camera, however, sports 21x optical zoom, but we guess to keep the dimensions more suitable for a phone in your pocket, Samsung dialed down on the zooming mechanics. We don't know if or what optical zoom the upcoming Sony i1 handset will sport, and the Nokia Lumia EOS is expected to feature the lossless zoom of the 808 PureView, so Samsung might manage to differentiate the S4 Zoom enough for it to stand out against any upcoming cameraphone this year, especially if it manages to keep the dimensions in check, and the pics stellar.

source: High-tech@mail.ru (translated) & Bluetooth.org via UnwiredView

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31 Comments

1. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

10x zoom without OIS is useless.

8. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

still better to have 1 better device than 2 great devices (great phone+great camera) for many! More than 50 % of photos on the internet are from phones = acceptable quality.....so why not having innovations? Are you for innovations? :)

9. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

OIS is a separate issue, but the phone will be really bulky. Samsung is the one which will be making REAL bricks.

11. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

even nokia made its pure view 808 bulky what about samsung :)

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

The 808 Pureview is 13.9mm thick, the Galaxy S4 Zoom will be thicker right? Because of the big lens on it's back.

31. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

it's 13.9 at the thinnest part but 18mm at the lens part isn't this bulky ? and yeah I meant that the s4 zoom will be thick

2. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Pureview ftw!except that i can only believe in sony!samsung proved themselves that how behind they are from Nokia & sony camera technology by releasing galaxysh**!! Anyway who going to give a f**k about this ugly bulky brick!

10. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

sony hasn't proven anything yet, their smartphone cameras has lost to nokia, samsung and iphones so wtf are you talking about?

19. Kurai unregistered

apple and samsung use sony censors fyi . . .

28. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

and how does that explain sony's smartphones camera quality?

3. surethom

Posts: 1729; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Please have 32gb internal memory or at least 16gb 8gb is more than usless all my apps, the OS will use almost all the 8gb.

4. FlushGordon unregistered

It will surely come with a big @ss lens, protruding like a gigantic eyeball...

5. eness

Posts: 6; Member since: May 03, 2013

damn its a super ugly phone

6. FlushGordon unregistered

How do you know? You seen the prototype model already?

17. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

That was a reasonable assumption. Seeing as pretty much every device in SS's current portfolio look ugly.

18. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Well, I think the Note 3 will look gorgeous. Just wait and see........

22. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Not unless it's metal and SS said the reason they don't use metal is that they need to make phones in large quantities.

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Super ugly? Have you seen the phone already? Really dude? Really?

20. Kurai unregistered

imo i don't think that samsung will not follow the same design language as the s4 like the one they did with the s3, young, fame, express, s3 mini, duos, etc . . . . . imo it will be entirely made of plastic and will resemble the s4 with a huge big boob on it's back . . .

21. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I agree.

7. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

yeah sure just like last one epic FAILed camera with worse quality then even phones

14. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I'll pass. The S4's Sony sensor hands down beats the Galaxy Camera's Samsung in every way but zooming, and this has the same sensor written all over it (considering this is basically a phoned down Galaxy Camera). The Sony Honami looks promising with a much larger Exmor RS, but then we have the horrific processing of the Xperia Z. In the end, the Nokia EOS will be the category winner, unless Samsung pulls a super sensor out of it's a**.

15. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

This will fail... i can smell it. LoL

23. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

This will fail? You know it? You are an envious because your Xperia Z, or HTC One or even your Iphone 5 doesn't has it, you understood, you moron?

29. Kurai unregistered

well, who wants a phone with a big large humongous hump at the back of their phone? . . if you're that desperate to have the best image quality, why not consider buying a dslr? if that is you have enough money

16. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

this king of zoom is useless unless you have OIS or if you use a tripod because even a little shake of hand becomes a huge problem at that zoom level. Edit: sorry didnt read the first comment.

24. docj8404

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

I'm curious to not only see the form factor, but to see if this will be marketed as a mid-range device or a mid-upper range. I imagine that this could be a decent opportunity to provide a solid spec'd device (720p display, Dual-Core A-15 or Quad-Core A9 ,1.5-2GB RAM, 32-64GB onboard storage) along with a great camera experience, all in 4.3 - 4.5" screen space that is currently missing from the market.

25. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

If it does'nt resemble galaxy s4 why does it have to be called s4 anyway? Can't they just called it galaxy zoom? Samsung marketing strategy everybody!

26. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

If it does'nt resemble galaxy s4 why does it have to be called s4 anyway? Can't they just called it galaxy zoom? Samsung marketing strategy everybody! Before you say it.. I'm no apple fan.

27. docj8404

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

@Lyngdoh... You do have a point. With the amount of phones, low - high end, that Samsung has flooded their markets with, the "Galaxy" name, in a way, has kind of been tainted, as I think the "Galaxy" moniker should of been reserved and exclusive for their high end devices/Flagships.

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