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As the Galaxy S4 Zoom is essen­tially a com­pact cam­era with a smart­phone mashed onto it, it per­forms pretty much like a dig­i­tal com­pact cam­era. Its one big­gest ad­van­tage is that it has 10x op­ti­cal zoom thanks to its ex­tend­ing lens, which no other smart­phone cam­era to­day can match.

The S4 Zoom comes with solid glass, which looks sharp from cor­ner to cor­ner, and tested with min­i­mal chro­matic aber­ra­tion but lit­tle to no flare. The flash also man­ages to pro­duce a more nat­u­ral-look­ing re­sult than most, and the ISO per­for­mance re­mains de­cent up to about ISO 400, where you can start see­ing slight smudg­ing of fine de­tail.

We could get de­cent look­ing im­ages up to ISO 800, but by ISO 1600 you’ll see vis­i­ble amounts of noise. That’s re­ally good con­sid­er­ing the cam­era is a smart­phone, and its ISO per­for­mance only ranks be­hind the Nokia 1020. Un­for­tu­nately, it re­peats the same mis­take as its pre­de­ces­sor the Galaxy S3, as well as the Nokia 1020; col­ors can ap­pear overly sat­u­rated, los­ing de­tail and re­al­ism in the process.

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