Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom goes official with 16 megapixel 10x optical zoom camera sensor

Samsung has confirmed another device that has been making its rounds in the rumor mill the past couple of months. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the company’s camera smartphone that has a 16 megapixel 10x optical zoom sensor implanted in the back (alongside a nice Xenon flash). This device falls a tad short of the actual Samsung Galaxy S4 in terms of the rest of its specs. Its tale of the tape reads as follows:

  • 4.3-inch qHD display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera
  • NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi N
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz
  • 4G LTE
  • 2,330mAh battery

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The Galaxy S4 Zoom features a few features unique to that camera sensor on the back. One of the biggest is Zoom Ring, a feature that allows you to automatically activate the camera, take a photo, and send it to whoever you’re talking to on a call as an MMS message. You’ll also be using the Zoom Ring to open the camera from within any app or to adjust the composition of a shot ala a DSLR lens — no more W/L buttons to press in order to get it where you want.

Other features will include Photo Suggest, a tool that’ll show you pictures other photographers (phonetographers?) have taken in whatever area you’re in — just in case you’re finding it difficult to get those creative juices flowing. Smart Mode and Smart Mode Suggest are your typical automatic camera setting features that’ll let you detail the type of scene you want and will automatically adjust settings to help you achieve that look or goal.

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Finally, Story Album will let you organize your photos into a decent looking gallery, while Blurb-based software will let you edit your photos on the go. This phone obviously wasn’t meant for those who need a mini computer in their pockets, but if you needed a phone that had an above-average camera suite this is certainly going to be one of your best options. The device is slated to ship in the UK this summer, while a US launch is planned for Q3.

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  • Splaktar

    8 GB seems way too low. Also there is no mention of a sdcard slot?

    • thedicemaster

      Samsung always includes a memory card slot.
      especially with a camera they wouldn’t force you to use only 8GB

    • No_Nickname90

      For a camera phone like this, you’re right. But I’d be sure they’d include SD card support.

    • Ross Lane

      It has a micro sd slot, expandable up to 64gb

      • Ross Lane

        more in-depth articles on cnet

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    • ari_free

      Gotta make your mind up which camera can you take???
      Maybe you’ll decide on Friday Friday Gotta get down on Friday

      • aeok18109

        i hate you. and not the haha you suck kind of hate. much more like the i hope you forever sit in purgatory and get slowly eaten by fireants and are forced to wear a barbwire Gstring. that song is stuck in my head now and OMFG MAKE IT STOP NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO this crap is gonna be in my head for weeks

      • izzyt

        wtf???!!! lol this made me smile, thanks, i was having a bad day. lol

      • izzyt

        i feel sorry for the black guy on the video…

  • Alex Alexander

    It has an Xenon flash…

  • ari_free

    One of these days….one of these days…
    BANG! ZOOM! Right in the kisser.

    Awww shut up.

  • Jerel Butler


  • iwave

    Looks a lot more useful than Glass.

  • Chimphappyhour

    Interesting. I’d actually consider this if it has Tmo LTE on board. I like the idea of having Snapseed on board of my camera that I can send photos from anywhere.

  • No_Nickname90

    Oh wow. This reminds me of my 1st Smartphone, the Samsung Memoir. Looks like Samsung is trying to take me from my HTC One. So the battle is on. 1st Smart Phone vs. 1st Android Phone (Memoir vs Nexus 1).

    Believe it or not, I’m actually contemplating.

  • simpleas

    I can see this being the perfect device for many. Not everyone looks for top cpu/gpu.

  • uniquename72

    Would have bought this the day it came out, had I not just bought the S4 last week. :-(

  • domatau

    its very misleading to put “S4″ in the name of this product as the rest of the specs are nowhere near the regular S4.

    • Brandon Golway

      Agreed, they also did this with the S4 Active and S4 Rugged which have completely different specs than the actual S4. I think the S4 Active is only a dual-core phone with a 720P screen! They all completely different phones but the name S4 makes you think they all have the same specs. Bad Samsung!

    • Butthurt iSheep are BUTTHURT!

      I tested this camera and I can tell you it’s terrible.

  • SocalTeknique

    I want! I miss my Sony Ericsson K800i, LG Viewty, and LG Renoir (all had lens covers and xenon flash)

  • a.d.AM

    None of the pictures out have the phone in a humans hand or someone talking on it. I can’t imagine it’s very comfortable.

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  • Ae Tee

    if the back was flat (in design), ya, i’d think it looks cool. but from the photos… it does not look like lens are removable. it will definitely look odd.