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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review | Introduction

Published on: Thursday, September 5th 2013                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Galaxy S4 Zoom review

T he Korean company Samsung has many years of experience in the development of cellphones, and making digital cameras is also familiar territory for this electronics giant. Therefore, it is not so strange that Samsung has weaved these two devices together. This summer, Samsung introduced a new smartphone with special camera capacities. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is based on the phone functions of the Galaxy S4 and the camera functions of the Galaxy Camera. Did Samsung manage to integrate ‘a powerful smartphone and a high-end camera’ in one device, as they claim? Read our full Galaxy S4 Zoom review for the answer and look at the many test photos and sample videos, shot in Tossa de Mar in Spain.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom SM-C101 Android smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom SM-C101 Android smartphone

Android 4.2 - 1.5Ghz dual-core - 16MP camera - 10x optical zoom - 4.3" Super AMOLED

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone series

Next to the top model, the Galaxy S4, the S4 mini, the S4 active, the Mega, and the S4 Zoom all belong to the Galaxy S4 collection. Samsung attempts to offer the ideal smartphone for everyone with this series. The S4 mini is small and compact, while the Galaxy Mega is enormous, the S4 active is water and dust resistant, and with the S4 Zoom, Samsung attempts to appeal to the photographic consumer. The Galaxy S4 Zoom is the first smartphone with 10x optical zoom. This camera phone is also equipped with a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, optical image stabilization, an autofocus system, and a Xenon flash. This Android phone also has a special Smart Camera mode.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom test

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom test

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom phone design

The entire Galaxy S4 collection is delivered in packaging made of 100% recycled paper. To increase this green feeling, the rings of a tree are drawn on the entire packaging. For the Galaxy S4 Zoom, there is a typical photo portrayed of the back of the device. The 10x optical zoom function provides a lens that protrudes, making it look like a regular smartphone on the front, while the back looks like a digital camera. Especially when you see someone calling with the device, it might look a little strange. After all, it is not every day that you see someone putting a camera up to their ear.

 
 

Our Rating!

Design
75%
User friendliness
80%
Features
85%
Performance
80%
Price / Quality ratio
75%
79%
Review rating
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
 
 
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