SAM­SUNG GALAXY S4 ZOOM

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Smartshopper Road Test -

$798 (with­out con­tract), from all tel­cos and the Sam­sung Ex­pe­ri­ence Store. 4.3-inch touch screen, 16-megapixel rear cam­era, 10x op­ti­cal zoom.

EASE OF USE The heav­i­est at 208g and with a pro­trud­ing lens on one side. It was hard to shoot with one hand. What irked me was the oversen­si­tive shut­ter but­ton – it opened the cam­era lens ev­ery time I brushed it. Like the Nokia, it let me ad­just aper­ture, shut­ter speed and ISO.

RE­SPON­SIVE­NESS There’s a lag of two sec­onds be­tween con­tin­u­ous shots.

OUT­DOOR SHOTS De­cent, with re­al­is­tic colours. IN­DOOR SHOTS Colours were slightly dull. CLOSE-UPS Macro shots were the sharpest and had rich colours – great for na­ture and food shots.

MODES & EF­FECTS Had the most ef­fects – 20 – and unique modes like Kids Shot, which plays a sound to at­tract the chil­dren’s at­ten­tion. The Drama mode was fun, and best for cre­ative ac­tion shots. It takes up to 100 con­tin­u­ous shots in four sec­onds and com­bines some into one im­age.

VERDICT In­no­va­tive ef­fects put this above your av­er­age phone cam­era, but it isn’t so handy as a smart­phone.

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