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Samsung Announces the Galaxy S4 Zoom: 16MP Sensor With 10x Optical Zoom, and Mid-range Phone Specs

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Nothing coming at Samsung’s June 20 event in London will be any sort of surprise at this point, as Samsung announced another device expected to be on display called the Galaxy S4 Zoom. As was rumored over the last couple of weeks, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is indeed a camera phone. And when we say “camera,” we don’t mean the little mobile censor on the back of your Galaxy S3 – no, we’re talking about a 16MP point-and-shoot type censor with 10x optical zoom strapped to the back of a phone. Couple that with a touch screen, TouchWiz, Android 4.2, and calling abilities, and you have what Samsung has deemed a “revolutionary” product. 

On the camera side of things, Samsung is introducing something called the Zoom Ring, which is a quick way to access the camera functionality of the device. Should you need to snap a photo in a pinch, a simple twist on this Zoom Ring provides you camera modes, shortcuts to other actions, and ultimately lets you share whatever it is you just took a picture of. The camera also includes an Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), and all sorts of smart modes that can suggest pictures or nearby photo locations.

On a spec front, this phone isn’t all that impressive. It features a 4.3″ qHD display, dual-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 2330mAh battery, and runs Android 4.2. So in terms of phone prowess, the GS4 Zoom can’t even match up to last year’s Galaxy Camera. Maybe that means it’ll be far cheaper.

On a software front, you get much of which is included in the Galaxy S4, such as TouchWiz, Samsung Hub, ChatON, S Voice, S Translator, Story Album, and more.

No pricing or release info was announced.

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Press Release

Samsung Introduces the GALAXY S4 zoom – the first smartphone to offer 10x optical zoom, for perfect picture taking

June 12, 2013

A revolutionary new device that converges the best of a high performance smartphone and camera, the GALAXY S4 zoom delivers the best of both worlds

LONDON, UK – June 12, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom, a powerful new device which combines the stylish heritage of the latest GALAXY S4 smartphone with advanced photographic capabilities.

Part of the GALAXY S4 family, the GALAXY S4 zoom is the realization of Samsung’s mission to create a single device that can fulfill the role of both an industry leading smartphone and a high-end compact camera. Combining 10x Optical Zoom, 16 Mega Pixel CMOS Sensor, OIS and Xenon Flash with the very latest Samsung GALAXY S4 technology, the GALAXY S4 zoom sets new standards for perfect mobile photography. It is the ultimate smartphone and camera experience in one, and the only device you’ll ever need.

“The Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom represents yet another step forward in the way Samsung is working to enhance the lives of our customers around the world,” said JK Shin, President and CEO, Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “As communication continues to become increasingly visual in nature, people wish to capture and share their moments in the highest quality possible, but often do not have the space or inclination to carry a dedicated camera for this purpose. The GALAXY S4 zoom changes this forever, combining the industry leading functionality and connectivity of the GALAXY S4 with the high quality photographic experience you’d expect from a compact camera. The result is truly the best of both worlds, without compromise.”

Revolutionary new interface
Do it all and miss nothing thanks to the revolutionary new Zoom Ring, a simple and intuitive way to access the GALAXY S4 zoom’s key features. When you’re in the middle of a phone call and you see something you absolutely have to share, a quick twist of the Zoom Ring will activate the In-Call Photo Share feature, letting you capture and send an image directly via MMS to whoever you are talking to simply.

For easy camera navigation, the Zoom Ring can be used to activate the Quick Launch and Shortcut features, giving you instant access to multiple camera modes including Auto, Gallery and Smart Mode with a simple twist.

The Zoom Ring also revolutionizes conventional camera zoom controls. Optical zoom control replaces traditional dials and buttons with smooth, easy-to-operate digital controls. Professional-quality accuracy and unprecedented ease of use are just a twist away, making it easy to compose a scene and capture wide-angle shots or tight close-ups.

Capture the best images
When it comes to high quality photography, bigger isn’t always better. The compact GALAXY S4 zoom’s best-in-class 10x Optical Zoom and 16MP BSI CMOS Sensor lets you capture beautiful images from far away or up close and personal, in all light conditions, without having to carry heavy camera gear around with you. Furthermore, the built-in Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) helps keep the camera perfectly still even when you’re not, reducing blur and stabilizing the image while zoomed in for high-quality photos and video.

Photo Suggest instantly connects you to huge libraries of images taken by fellow photographers, to help you find and compose your best shots anywhere in the world. Photo Suggest can even direct you to the ideal nearby location which will give you the vantage point you need for that perfect photo.

The GALAXY S4 zoom also features Samsung’s popular Smart Mode, so you can stop worrying about settings and start taking professional-quality artistic shots. Simply choose from a series of pre-set modes and the camera will automatically adjust to ensure you capture the best photo possible. Use Drama Shot to merge continuous shots of moving objects into a single composed image, or Action Freeze to instantly capture high-speed action. If you aren’t sure which Smart Mode to select, the Smart Mode Suggest feature can assess the scene for you and provide a short list of the best options for your consideration based on surrounding factors such as light levels, focal length, or face detection, ensuring you always get the best shot you want.

Unlimited entertainment in the palm of your hand
The GALAXY S4 zoom’s heritage is evident throughout, from its sleek and stylish design to the powerful, yet intuitive user interface. Running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2, the GALAXY S4 zoom boasts many of the same features as the recently launched GALAXY S4, includingTouchwiz, which lets you fully customize various aspects of your device including the lock screen and notification bar, for a truly personal mobile experience.

When you return from your travel adventures, Story Album lets you arrange all of your treasured images and videos into one timeline to share with friends and loved ones. You can also edit images and even order prints directly from the device through a partnership withblurb*. If you’d rather transfer your images to your laptop or tablet for safe keeping, Samsung Link lets you do so quickly and easily with just the touch of a button. Alternatively, you can sync all of your data in your own personal cloud through HomeSync, providing the ultimate peace of mind and ensuring your images and videos are waiting for you whenever you need them.

The GALAXY S4 zoom features the new Samsung Hub, a one-stop destination for all of the latest music, videos, books and games. Search, download and enjoy all of your favorite entertainment at the touch of a button, all directly from your device. When you find that amazing new track or game that you can’t wait to share with your friends, Group Play lets you connect directly with their Samsung devices so you can all listen and play together, without the need for a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal.

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* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.
* Android, 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 and Google Play Magazine are trademarks of Google Inc.
* Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom uses Corning’s new Gorilla® Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance™. This cover glass, Corning’s newest formulation, enables improved damage and scratch resistance and reduced scratch visibility.
* Blurb, the global creative publishing platform, partners with Samsung to power worldwide book and magazine print production and fulfillment within the GALAXY S4 zoom’s new Story Album application. Users of Story Album will now be able to automatically create professional quality print photo books and magazines quickly and seamlessly from their camera phone images.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

  • BrianT

    That lens is a dog… f3.1-f6.3. It should’ve been at least a f2.8, otherwise it’s just a point and shoot with a phone glued on.

  • Droidzilla

    Do want. I don’t care if others don’t.

  • Albert Reyna

    Wow! Samsung have made so much money that if the POS doesn’t sell it won’t even affect them lol.

  • CivilDroid

    Can’t wait to see how BEASTLY the Otterbox Defender is for this hog…that is until the Galaxy Note 3 ZOOM is released!! Hahaha!

  • Stewie

    Sounds to me like they had the phone, then they had the camera as a standalone, now this … I’m sure there will be a market niche for this, but I don’t think it will be mainstream as they might believe it will.

  • beaumac

    How does the image quality of this camera compare to the HTC One or S4? It is lights-out better like that of a Canon point-and-shoot? Or it is just a marginal improvement?

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Obviously this is all speculation, but considering the fact that their Galaxy camera carries a sensor size smaller than that of a good Canon point and shoot, this device, which is trying to be both phone and “good” camera can’t really stuff a larger sensor into it.

      I really don’t see the audience for this. Picture quality is all about sensor size. None of these devices are going to do particularly well in low light without getting lots of noise, and more times than not people are not in optimum lighting conditions for good quality images.

  • thedonxr

    Don’t need a stand, just extend the camera lens :-O

  • mustbepbs

    Gotta love that qHD for viewing your pictures.

  • duke69111

    I like the concept, I just wish the specs were better. Maybe over the next year or two they can work to make the phone half the size and with better specs.

  • bkosh84

    “So in terms of phone prowess, the GS4 Zoom can’t even match up to last year’s Galaxy Camera. Maybe that means it’ll be far cheaper.”

    HAHAHAHA, Don’t tell me you actually believe this? I’m guessing 300 dollars on contract anywhere it’s sold..

  • Kar Bar

    I like this, I’d rock with it for awhile…see what it’s like. But I’m a big picture taker with my phone so this seems ideal. We need a giveaway DroidLife!

  • Bionic

    Calling it the GS4 is misleading if it does not have the same phone specs as the S4. It should simply be called the Galaxy zoom or something. Dont call it the S4 if its not an S4.

    • nvitone23

      Deceptive naming will pull in consumers…even though its not right

    • r0lct

      I agree and would have though just using the Galaxy name would have been enough of a marketing tie-in. People expecting similar performance to their friend’s S4 are going to be disappointed.

  • ITGuy11

    Why??? DOA…

  • r0lct

    I know it’s been said already in previous leaks but if only it had 720p. Then I would recommend to those looking for one device but value pics over phone.

  • nina

    8gb of internal storage? lol, wut?

    • r0lct

      They are assuming with a camera you are investing in an sd card I would guess, but I would have thought 16gb min

    • michael arazan

      more like 4 gb after software and os. And then if you add camera apps it’ll get even lower. I once filled my GNex up to less than 500 mb left of space and it was soo slow, even with 2gb space left the performance was sluggish.

  • Jarred Sutherland

    Samsung joining the Apple ranks using terms like Revolutionary.

  • Matt Laney

    Can’t wait to see what the folks at Otterbox do with this. Lol

  • Futbolrunner

    So it is running LTE..

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    I was thinking this would be great for bloggers who need to cover events but that battery tho…

  • Bionic

    Pointless. Just get a regular S4 and have your canon camera in your other pocket. Problem solved.

    • r0lct

      Except for the people:
      1) Only have money for 1 device
      2) Only want to carry one device
      3) Want to be able to share the good photos instantly (no Wifi transfer required)
      4) Want geo-tagging which is only now coming to p&s cameras and only the higher end ones

      • Bionic

        1. Buy a used S3
        2. Don’t be lazy
        3. Will eat up your data plan
        4. $200 canon cameras have GPS now. Mine included.
        5. It’s very thick
        6. The phone part likely won’t be supported long and is already lacking in terms of specs.

        • r0lct

          1) Still costs money and takes worse photos
          2) It’s not lazy, it’s personal preference
          3) Only if you upload every photo
          4) Didn’t know it filtered down to $200 models
          5) Some people don’t care
          6) Some people don’t care
          7) xphone ;-)

          • Bionic

            3. The photos by nature will be much bigger in size than that of a normal phone picture. So if you upload a lot of photos over LTE it’ll eat up your plan.

            5. Only fat girls like it thick
            6. They should care and im sure they’ll bitch about it later
            7. X Camera

          • r0lct

            Well I agree it is not going to be a big hit, but I think there’s a niche out there it could serve well.

          • Bionic

            a small one, maybe if you work as a reporter or something i could SOMEWHAT understand it

        • sman

          You are such a troll. Get a life dude.

      • JoshGroff

        People who want to carry one device usually want something that can fit in a pocket easily.

        • r0lct

          For some it isn’t about portability as much as having to bring/remember a second device.

          However having said all that I would assume this is going to be a small niche (which I’m not part of), but I would imagine large enough to create a device for.

    • Ben Rollier

      With no optical zoom.

      You’re missing the point. The zoom lens is the draw here.

  • LiterofCola

    Meh.

  • Dirk

    Sensor

    • Hesedguy

      Indeed