Samsung GALAXY S4 Zoom

Mo­bile Zoom­ing


While there are many smart­phones equipped with pow­er­ful in­te­grated cam­era sys­tems, none have op­ti­cal zoom. This lim­its the photo-tak­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties for many, es­pe­cially when a sub­ject is far off in the dis­tance. Those days are over, be­cause the Samsung GALAXY S4 Zoom in now avail­able in Malaysia and we man­aged to zoom in on the nitty gritty de­tails of this smart­phone.

Though the S4 Zoom has the same name as the GALAXY S4, both th­ese phones do not share many sim­i­lar­i­ties. For starters, the S4 Zoom does not have a quad-core pro­ces­sor like the S4. In its place is a 1.5GHz dual-core pro­ces­sor. An­other dif­fer­ence is the res­o­lu­tion found on the dis­play of both smart­phones. The S4 sports a Full HD res­o­lu­tion while the S4 Zoom has a res­o­lu­tion of 540x960.

Per­haps the fea­ture that sets the S4 Zoom apart from the S4, or any other smart­phone for that mat­ter, is the fact that it’s the world’s first smart­phone with a cam­era that has 10x op­ti­cal zoom. This is paired to a 16-megapixel BSI (back side-il­lu­mi­nated) sen­sor and amaz­ingly, an Op­ti­cal Im­age Sta­bi­liza­tion (OIS) sys­tem. With th­ese fea­tures on­board, the S4 Zoom is ef­fec­tively a com­pact cam­era that takes good im­ages.

Ac­cess­ing the cam­era is done by twist­ing the zoom ring on the lens when the phone is awake. When this is done, a ring menu ap­pears on the screen, giv­ing you quick ac­cess to a num­ber of dif­fer­ent shoot­ing modes. Once the cam­era is ac­ti­vated, you can ac­cess more set­tings, even go­ing full man­ual if you so wish. Ex­pe­ri­enced pho­tog­ra­phers will find the full man­ual mode to be rather restric­tive truth be told, be­cause the aper­ture can only be set to the small­est or largest.

Dur­ing our time with the S4 Zoom, we had a lot of fun with the cam­era. We found that it takes pic­tures with plenty of de­tail in­tact, even when fully zoomed in, thanks to it em­ploy­ing an op­ti­cal zoom mech­a­nism. In low light con­di­tions, we were once again im­pressed by the amount of de­tail cap­tured, but push­ing the de­vice above ISO 800 is def­i­nitely not rec­om­mended.

In terms of per­for­mance, the S4 Zoom man­aged a score of 11,141 in the AnTuTu v3.4 bench­mark and 4,820 in Quad­rant. Th­ese scores are rather high, prov­ing that the dual-core 1.5GHz pro­ces­sor on the S4 Zoom does a very good job in the per­for­mance depart­ment. As for mul­ti­me­dia per­for­mance, this smart­phone man­aged a score of 3,183 in 3DMark and 56 FPS in Epic Citadel set at High Qual­ity. With­out a doubt, the S4 Zoom is in­deed a pow­er­ful smart­phone.

A de­vice that suc­cess­fully com­bines com­pact cam­era func­tion­al­ity with a smart­phone, the S4 Zoom is truly a unique de­vice. It gives smart­phone users a chance to shoot great pho­tos and will truly of­fer strong com­pe­ti­tion for a cer­tain com­peti­tor with a 41-megapixel cam­era smart­phone. If you’re an In­sta­gram junkie, then this is def­i­nitely the smart­phone for you.

With­out a doubt, the cam­era on the S4 Zoom cap­tures a good amount of de­tail

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