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Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Zoom camera/phone hybrid

Samsung revealed the Galaxy S4 Zoom today.

Samsung has officially unveiled the Galazy S4 Zoom — the nearest thing yet to a true camera/phone hybrid. 

Though we were impressed with the first iteration, the Galaxy Camera, the S4 Zoom offers even better spec, a smaller profile and more advanced smartphone features. Improved connectivity — standard WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, and NFC connectivity — means you can truly use it to make phone calls. It's running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, offers a 4.3" Super AMOLED display and includes a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. The F3.1-6.3 lens is 24-240mm equivalent with a zoom ring around the barrel, in front of a 16MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor. It includes optical image stabilisation, a built-in xenon flash, ISO 100-3200, 4 fps continuous shooting and 1080p30 HD video; images are stored to internal memory or microSD. 

Samsung seems to have accounted for some of the drawbacks of the Samsung Galaxy Camera with the new S4 Zoom, accessed through the lens' zoom ring. Even during a phone call it seems the zoom ring wil allow you to snap a photo, and send it via MMS to the person you're talking to. The zoom ring will also offer access to shortcut features and camera modes.

Samsung are claiming the device offers many of the same features as the Samsung Galaxy S4, including  Touchwiz, which allows for device customization of the lock screen, notification bar and more. We're eager to see the S4's capture features on the S4 Zoom; we know it comes with Samsung's now-standard Smart Modes, which we've had fun playing with as we work on our full Samsung Galaxy S4 review.

The S4 Zoom will go on sale this summer.

We've got the full press release and more images on, and see all available prodcuct specifications listed below: 



2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets(Dependent on market)


2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz


4.3 inch qHD sAMOLED (960x540) screen


1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor

*The selection of AP will be differed by markets


Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)


Main (Rear): 16 Mega pixel with x10 Optical Zoom and enhanced SMART Modes, OIS

                        24-240mm, F3.1-F6.3

Sub (Front): 1.9 Mega pixel camera

ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200

Continuous Shot: 4fps MAX with AF


Xenon Flash,

SMART Mode, Expert Mode(P/S/M/C), My Mode


Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark

Recording & Playback: Full HD (1920x1080 30p)


Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC$B!\(B/eAAC$B!\(B, WMA, Vorbis(OGG), FLAC, apt-X



SMART Mode(25): Smart mode suggest, Beauty face, Best photo, Continuous shot,

Best face, Kids shot, Landscape, Dawn, Snow, Macro, Food, Party/Indoor, Action freeze,

Rich tone (HDR), Panorama, Waterfall, Animated photo, Drama, Eraser, Sound & Shot, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light trace

Additional Features

Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON

S Voice, S Translator

Group Play: Share Music(MP3), Share Picture(JPEG, GIF), Share Document(PDF, PPT), Play Games

 Story Album, Trip Advisor, Paper Artist

Google Mobile Services

Chrome, Downloads, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Search, Google Settings, Google Plus,

Google Local, Google Play Store, Google Messenger, Google Navigation, Youtube,

Google Talk, Voice Search, Google Play Movie & TV, Google Play books, Google Play Music,

Google Play Magazine


WiFi a/b/g/n 5GHz

NFC,  Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)



Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, RGB Light


8GB Internal memory (User memory approximately 5GB) + microSD slot (up to 64GB)


*User memory space may be less than the total memory space due to system files. User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.

*available capacity varies and storage is less due to phone software


125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm, 208g (with standard battery)





Total comments: 20

Casio did it before...

and Samsung imitates them already in 2009...


I've never owned that Casio model or any Casio phone or camera; I remember thinking when it came out, that whilst Casio may have been ahead of the game, the smartphone aspects were unlikely to be in the same league as Samsung / Apple.


I use a Sony Point and Shoot because it is easily placed in my pocket. I have a Nikon system that stays in the closet. So instead of carrying a camera and cell phone I would consider this option. Its a win-win.


faster lens, please!
I think an attachable lens for the Nokia 808 sensor would be nice
Even only a 5xZoom would be enough


This is a huge step in the right direction. It's not perfect, but it's good enough for me, even if it costs $500-600 out of the gate.

People have to take off their pro-photographer lenses and look at this from the cameraphone AOV. The best camera is the one you keep on you. Cameraphones will never replace good real cameras, but for people who don't carry around their DSLRs and ILCs 24/7 this is great. I'd rather have a so so picture from a camera I can fit in my pocket than have to lug around an FX DSLR everywhere for impromptu candid shots.

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For a 125mm size for a camera/phone its way too big for any pants pocket. I hope it comes with a bag of a sammy backpack.

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Abhijith Kannankavil

would have loved a fixed lens (different versions with different focal lengths) or just a 2xor 3X zoom lens which'd be brighter.

Anyway, dual core n lower res screen are just ok. nothing to complain about, as all CAMERAS which falls into comparable specs doesn even come close. And, as a phone, it'd be still good enough.


I wonder how well the auto focus will work in the in a night club.

Personally i think that its a amazing piece of kit.

But who will sell it shop, or phone shop.

The lines are blurring.
Well done Samsung.

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wasted opportunity, but still a "C" for trying

older gen tech? why?
low screen res on a device intended for video and photographic use? why? especially when one of the key USP's of the S4 is it's HD screen, why put a quarter screen res on the camera version?
Dual core processor instead of quad core? why? For HD video playback and snappy photo handling, why not quad core?

Dear oh dear. Its a mediocre camera with an old-gen phone. And they'll still probably want 800 usd for it or something silly.

Now, come on!! You can definitely do better, Samsung! Or is it a political move from inside the company to let this hybrid idea fail?

PS... I would really be a taker on this idea if it gave me a good P&S plus a state of the art phone to AT LEAST improve on my existing galaxy note 1. I love the idea and think its THE way forward, hence frustration

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I don't know, maybe they needed to recoup some of the cost of the bigger camera sensor and lens and still hit a low enough price point?

I agree with you though really. It would have been nice to see all the specs from the s4. But the big failing here is the size of the lens. It's too big for what it's giving us. At that size, I would expect faster glass, a much smaller zoom or just a good prime, and a bigger camera sensor. Truth be told, these days I would only be willing to add an extra 3 or 4 millimeters depth to my Galaxy note phone, and that would have to be a fixed lens so I don't worry about breaking a zoom in my pocket, and I would also want a battery pack / case option that made the whole thing the same depth so it would slide into pocket easier than with the lens protruding.

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Very cool, BUT...

If it is small enough to easily pocket, I see a potential MAJOR problem: DUST.

I was stupid (or ill-informed) enough to carry around my Canon S95 in my pocket for a long time, with no case. The camera is now useless, because over time, very fine pocket lint made its way into the inside of the lens.

If this new phone/camera is not extremely well sealed, the same might happen.


This is what Apple should be doing if they are really serious about making iPhone a camera phone and not a crappy OS update with lousy apps on it.


The future looks bright. I hope Apple improves upon this idea.

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No worries nokia is already making one, apple and samsung cant compete with it because apparently they know nothing about phone cameras compared to nokia which is ironic as samsung makes cameras.


Looks promising. I wonder if the camera can be thinner if not for its 10x optical zoom. I don't mind a fixed lens if it means a thinner profile and brighter lens.


Could not agree more.

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Waiting for the next iteration when hopefully they mount a higher quality camera.
Samsung seem to have made a good job in size, it looks pockeatable

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Nolan Haynes

That may be an issue given what they have to cram into it.


higher quality camera, agreed! and a better phone spec. All round, back of the line stuff here :( - if it retailed for around 300 usd then it would be passably acceptable. But i guess they'll be asking 800 or so.


Great job Sammy !

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