SAM­SUNG GALAXY S4 ZOOM

HWM (Singapore) - - Multi- test -

Rather than a smart­phone with a big cam­era, it’s more apt to think of the Sam­sung S4 Zoom as a dig­i­tal com­pact cam­era with a smart­phone tacked on. It’s not that much big­ger than your av­er­age com­pact cam­era, but it is way thicker than an av­er­age smart­phone to­day, and you won’t want to keep this one in your back pocket.

The S4 Zoom has a ded­i­cated shut­ter re­lease but­ton which makes it easy to open up the cam­era app, but un­like the Nokia 1020, the S4 Zoom won’t re­spond if the cam­era is locked. This makes it harder to get to the cam­era, but does pre­vent any ac­ci­den­tal un­lock­ing. The cam­era app’s op­er­a­tion is fuss-free if you use it in Auto, but the cam­era, like the 1020, will al­ways aut­o­fo­cus in the center for some rea­son. If you want to fo­cus else­where you need to tap to fo­cus your­self.

When you go to Ex­pert mode the screen be­comes a lit­tle clut­tered, but the S4 Zoom of­fers you much more con­trol than your av­er­age smart­phone or com­pact cam­era; you can change shut­ter speed, aper­ture as well as ISO val­ues. The one com­plaint is that some­times the touch con­trols don’t re­spond (maybe be­cause they’re small tar­gets) and it takes mul­ti­ple taps to get them to re­spond.

“IT IS THICKER

THAN A SMART­PHONE, ANDYOUWON’T WANT TO KEEP THIS ONE IN­Y­OUR BACK POCKET.”

The zoom ring helps you to quickly zoom in and out, and can also ac­ti­vate the cam­era app if the S4 Zoom is un­locked.

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