Web pages load quickly, and it was quick to zoom around Google maps. Gaming performance is acceptable, with 24.5fps in the GFXBench T-Rex test, but the new Manhattan test shows the Galaxy K Zoom’s limit: it ran at just 4fps.
We also saw an average of 909ms in SunSpider 1.0.2, and 2140 in Geekbench 3 (871 points for the single-core test).
Photo and video
What you’re probably more interested in is the K Zoom’s photo and video quality. Overall, it’s not bad at all, especially when compared with the current batch of mid-range (and even flagship) smartphones.
Shots are generally well exposed and sharp, but you’ll need a steady hand to avoid blur at full zoom. The OIS system does its job and kept most of our telephoto shots free from blur, and autofocus is quick, too. Plus, the face detection and tracking system works well.
The wide-angle position allows you to capture much more than most smartphones, so it’s great not only for landscapes but also indoor group photos where you can’t move any further back.
Photos are ideal for sharing on social media, but they don’t stand up to close scrutiny in Photoshop. In 100 percent crops there’s an obvious lack of detail. The noise-reduction system is the most likely culprit: it does a good job of suppressing noise, but at the