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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review
The earpiece of the S4 Zoom sounds clean and is of strong volume, though voices come in a bit hollow. The microphone on the handset is also a great performer, relaying our voices very loud and clear to the other end, with no audible distortion, save for some hissing at the highest volume.


Samsung doesn't give official talk times out of the 2330 mAh battery capacity in the S4 Zoom yet, but it doesn't seem to drain faster than usual for this screen and chipset with normal usage. If you are constantly shooting pics and video, as there's a good chance you will, better carry a spare unit in your wallet, though.


The minute you hold the Galaxy S4 Zoom, it becomes clear that Samsung has done more of a compact camera with phone functions, rather than a cameraphone conceived from the ground up with mobility in mind. It is quite bulky because of the 10x zoom lens, and uncomfortable to operate with one hand, picture-taking included.

The photos and videos are as good as you'd expect from a decent compact point-and-shoot camera, though they still secede the results from the giant sensor inside the Nokia 808 PureView, which can be considered somewhat of a competitor for shutterbugs, albeit with the aged Symbian and much weaker zoom capabilites.

Moreover, apart from the ultimate convenience of having both a Xenon flash and optical zoom, the S4 Zoom is a pretty good Android midranger, too, so when your next vacation comes, and you gear up for a lot of pictures, you might want to take just that bulky handset with you, instead of carrying two separate devices.

Oh, and if you have to have a convergence phone/camera device with optical zoom for whatever daily reason – well, nothing can rival the chubby S4 Zoom then, and Samsung has priced it pretty well to boot, just slightly above its S4 Mini blood brother, throwing in the whole camera part for cheap.

Software version: JDQ39.C101XXUAMFB

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Video Review:


  • Good value-for-money for a convergence device
  • Very good pictures and video, including in low-light
  • 10x optical zoom performs very well


  • Bulky and challenging for one-handed use
  • Low OLED screen brightness makes it hard to frame a shot outside
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.2
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera16 megapixels
Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1.5 GB RAM
Size4.94 x 2.50 x 0.61 inches
(125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm)
7.34 oz  (208 g)

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