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

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.

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´╝Ő. 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.

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Galaxy S4 Zoom
  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2330 mAh(13h 3G talk time)



1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 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: Mar 07, 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: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

15. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

20. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 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

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 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

25. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

And when this device will receive the like iOS7 UI?

27. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

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

35. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

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

26. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

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

29. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Thanks :)

66. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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: Mar 07, 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: Mar 07, 2013

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

38. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

61. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 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: Aug 28, 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: 585; Member since: May 07, 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: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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: Aug 28, 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: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 72; Member since: Jun 01, 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: Nov 24, 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: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

79. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

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

172. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

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