Hands-on with the crazy Galaxy S4 Zoom Video
Hands-on with the crazy Galaxy S4 Zoom Video Transcript
I'm Andrew Hoyle for CNET and I'm here checking out the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. Now, we look at the phone from the front. It looks basically like an S4. They've got very similar stylings and a 4.3-inch screen. Turn it around, though, and you can see, it looks a lot like a standard compact digital camera. You've got the chunky handgrip on the side over here, and of course, its enormous lens barrel on the other side. Now, that lens provides a 10x optical zoom, making the S4 Zoom the only smartphone with an optical zoom built-in. All that camera kit does of course bulk out the phone. It's a lot fatter and heavier than the standard S4, so it won't appeal if you just want a camera phone to slide into your jeans. It's got a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor which is physically bigger than what you find in normal smartphones, which allows to take in more light, therefore giving a better image quality. At least, that's the idea. I haven't been able to take any test shots yet, so we'll have to see what we can really do. As a phone, it might be a bit disappointing for those of you wanting a fully-fledged S4. The screen only has a 960x540-pixel display. That's a big step down from the full HD resolution of the actual S4 and it's a dual rather than quad-core processor. It's running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but Samsung has given a few tweaks to make the camera easy to access. With its considerably bigger size, the S4 Zoom isn't going to appeal to those of you wanting a slim and light smartphone to slide into your jeans. Instead, it's aimed squarely at the shutterbugs who value image quality above pocketability. Make sure to keep it CNET for all the latest news and the full review. I'm Andrew Hoyle and this is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Review
The good: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom's advanced controls and preset modes are easy to use. Its top-notch image quality, optical zoom, and a tripod mount make it the most flexible smartphone camera there is. Android 4.2 helps keep the device fresh and connected.
The bad: Heavy, thick, and asymmetrical, the camera-shaped Zoom is incredibly awkward and uncomfortable to use as a phone.
The bottom line: Buy the Zoom if you'd like a flexible two-in-one camera/smartphone, no matter the size. But enthusiasts should stick to standalone shooters, and slimmer smartphones -- like the arguably better Nokia Lumia 1020 -- will satisfy most photo needs.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Specs
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