Samsung GALAXY S4 Zoom
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