Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is one of those gadgets you wonder what category it belongs to. The first part of the name indicates that it is a “smart” device from the Galaxy family, while the second says that it is primarily engaged in photography. This device was created out of the desire to combine the good sides of smartphones and compact cameras, in order to avoid numerous complaints about the quality of photos taken by the phone. Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom cannot be compared to classic semi-professional cameras and should be accepted as such, but it should also be understood that its rather strong price comes from the fact that it combines the two mentioned types of devices.

Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom specification
This camera-phone or camera-phone runs on a dual-core processor, which allows Zoom to be relatively brisk. However, it is noticed that this processor lags far behind those with the S4 and S4 models, while the 1.5GB of RAM is at the same level as the Galaxy S4 Mini. As for memory, it is known that photos (especially high-resolution ones) take up a lot of space, so it seems to us that 8GB of internal storage is simply not enough. Fortunately, there is an option for microSD expansion, so you can make up to 64GB of space.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom design
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When you look at this device and see the large and protruding front where the camera is housed, it seems to you that you will never use this device to make calls or surf the net. And indeed, the unusual nature of the device contributes to that. However, as rude as it may seem, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is not uncomfortable to hold, although passers-by will certainly be surprised why they “pointed” the camera at them. Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has dimensions of 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm and a strange shape, so it is not very suitable for carrying in a pocket, especially because of its thickness. At the same time, with 208 grams, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is not the lightest device. However, there should be understanding, because this is primarily a camera, so this kind of weight could be expected somehow.

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In terms of looks, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is visually different from Samsung’s phones. This does not mean that the device has no charm. On the contrary. The combination of the plastic background and the metallic sheen of the optics on the front of the device seems to contribute to the attractive combination.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom screen
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom 4The entire front of the device is marked by a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with a pixel density of 256 per inch, which corresponds to the Galaxy S4 Mini. The similarity with the smaller version of the S4 model can also be seen in the design, so we have the impression that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom consists of the Galaxy S4 Mini and the camera on the other side. By the way, the screen itself brings the benefits of the quality of Super AMOLED technology, but it failed a little at a lower resolution of 540 × 960 pixels.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom camera
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The camera itself has 16MP, which is quite enough for normal user conditions. It makes perfect sense that it makes HD videos and has autofocus, xenon flash and 10x optical zoom and optical image stabilization. At the same time, the camera has a large number of options, modes and operation. The camera has a special button, which is logical if we know that this device has all the attributes of a classic camera, which of course many smartphones on the Android platform do not have.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Conclusion

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All things considered, the impression remains that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is a contrast device. Okay, he’s both a camera and a phone, but that has its sides. Zoom has one of the best cameras on smartphones, but also an average specification. The screen didn’t really shine with full brightness, and even 16MP from the camera is not something you can be so proud of in the 21st century. It is enough to take as examples the cameras from Nokia Lumia 925 and Nokia LUmia 1020 models and everything will be clear, and at the same time, these models are declared as classic smartphones. Compared to them, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom offers the convenience of a 2 in 1 system, and as a device it is more convenient than carrying a phone and a camera at the same time. However, the question of the justification of its price remains. If you’re not really keen on a super camera, you might want to consider buying a Galaxy S4 Mini. If you don’t regret spending some more money, you can buy the Galaxy S4 or HTC One itself.

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