Galaxy S4 Zoom

Finally bridging the gap between point-and-shoot cameras and smart phones

Rather than waiting for a big launch event scheduled for later this month, Samsung has decided to roll out everything we need to know about the Galaxy S4 Zoom with a simple press release. Much as we thought, the S4 Zoom is the next step to bridge the gap between the previous Galaxy Camera and the current crop of Galaxy S4 devices. From a camera perspective, the S4 Zoom has a 16MP sensor with 10x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, a xenon flash, 4fps burst mode (with auto focus) and ISO support up to 3200. From the phone side, it looks to be closer to the internals of the recently announced Galaxy S4 Mini.

We're looking at a 4.3-inch qHD (540x960) AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (with SDXC support), a 2330mAh battery and all of the requisite sensors you'd want or need. Yes, this is a phone, with everything you'd expect for a functioning phone. Samsung lists support for all major 2G, 3G and LTE bands, with "up to 6 different band sets" depending on the market. On the software side, it looks to be a typical build of Android 4.2 with Samsung's software customizations just as you'd find on its recent high-end phones.

Stick around after the break where we have compiled the full set of press images for the device.

Source: Samsung

There are 51 comments

Hans Sarpei says:

Ist ugly as hell!

mathiasjk says:

So with 8GB, 4 will be available. That's not much for 16 MP pictures.

dchawk81 says:

SDXC support.

Still a bit obnoxious in its design, IMHO, kind of defeating the purpose of a smartphone. Is anyone really going to pocket that sucker?

What the hell are Samsung thinking?! If its going to look like that, I can't see many selling, its so hideously ugly lol!

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Gearu says:

That's a big ass Galaxy S2.

This isn't the hump they'll have me spending for.

icvos says:

Samsung has jumped the shark!

icvos says:

They are diluting the Galaxy brand. Mistake IMO.
-Galaxy S4
-Galaxy S4 Mini (should've stopped here)
-Galaxy S4 Mega
-Galaxy S4 Active
-Galaxy S4 Zoom

mathiasjk says:

The Mega series aren't a part of the S series.

AdamOutler says:

You probably didn't realize this, but Galaxy is Samsung's word for Android. Just like Wave is their word for Bada and Focus is their word for Windows Phone. Samsung is a custom hardware manufacturer. It's what they do.

If you go here, you can see over 150 different Galaxy devices.

snowdroid83 says:

Definitely the way forward for a better camera. Now just make a 1080p version and make it look a bit sleeker and I'll have one

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rlbrooks says:

I'm sure there is a niche market for this phone. I think the Note line worked because at it's heart it is still a mobile phone. Is there really such a need to carry around a point-and-shoot camera all the time to justify tying it into a mobile phone? So yeah, you get a great camera, and yeah, you better like it because you are handcuffed to it for the life of the device. I just don't see it.

Biggnaa20 says:

I'd use it to replace my aging Canon Point and Shoot. Being able to swap a SIM card out and go use it would be awesome on those days I really want to have better pictures.

rlbrooks says:

Good point. Being stuck in a cdma world I often forget the marvels of the sim card.

Biggnaa20 says:

I understand...

I was a happy Sprint customer before their service degraded enough to make me try T-Mobile.

You could also just use it as a travel phone overseas where using a prepaid SIM might come in handy. Or use Google voice or conditional call forwarding to forward to a pay by the day SIM that you keep in the phone.

Or you might just enjoy having a decent camera where you can do some photo editing before you get to a WiFi zone. Just thoughts.


Jay Holm says:

Does anybody care to be specific as to what they don't like about the design???

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rlbrooks says:

The bulk and asymmetrical surface is the only thing that concerns me, when it comes to carry/storage. Besides that I have no issue with design structure. It is actually appealing, just not convenient for daily use.

dchawk81 says:

Design in general doesn't bother me but the feasibility of the zoom "hump" makes me wonder how it could be integrated into daily life like a traditional phone can.

The people I know who are that dedicated to photos (including myself) tend to go with an 8lb behemoth when it's a priority, because ultimately there's no super convenient way to get the best photos and it not be a dedicated effort.

If it actually takes good pictures in low light, then I might be tempted. My wife is the niche market for this, since we use our phones to take pictures of the kids quite a bit. I wish the rest of the specs weren't so dismal,

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jcastag says:

I think this is the beginning of the end for Samsung. When companies come out with garbage like this thinking consumers will buy anything they make, it shows their arrogance (Apple) .

How about they take some of the R&D dollars used for this and put it towards improved materials for future devices.

Now let's see if Moto or HTC can swoop in and take advantage

I disagree. There has to be a niche market for these types of products. There are many people that use their phone as their primary camera, and this might appeal to them. It's probably too big and bulky for me, but one of my biggest complaints about smartphones is the cameras. As someone with kids who move fast and always surprise you, you never know when you'll want to take a picture - the convenience of a smartphone in your pocket solves this, but the quality of pictures is lacking, especially in low light.

Think about the large PC makers, HP and Dell. You can buy PCs that range from $300 (crap) to well north of $2,500 (high quality), but I wouldn't argue that that has caused their demise. A smartphone world with only two real options at any one time (S4 and HTC1 currently), is not a good idea because it will always leave a segment of the population out.

jcastag says:

yes, that's the key. People use their phones as a camera. the primary device is still a phone secondary being a camera out of convenience. The size and bulk of this device eliminates that convenience

I guess it just depends on how much weight (no pun intended) you put into the camera quality. It takes a larger lense to take good pictures... look at the DSLR cameras that everyone carries around these days. There are people who want a high quality camera and a phone in one, and are willing to accept the larger size if the picture quality justifies it. This will be popular with women who tend to carry phones in their purse and not their pocket, which makes the size less of an issue. It all comes down to how well the camera actually performs.

Biggnaa20 says:

You nailed it.

I don't think I'd use this as my primary phone, but I would definitely swap out a SIM card and use it when I knew (or thought) pictures might be important.

This would be awesome on vacation.


I agree, wouldn't use as a primary device, but if I was in the market for a point and shoot, i'd consider it. I still think they could have put a 720p screen on it though.

dchawk81 says:

And then, after about the 5th Sim swap, you'll say frackit and just take the phone you don't hate carrying.

I've spent thousands of dollars looking for that "in between" camera and it always ends up being more nuisance than help.

Biggnaa20 says:

What do you usually shoot with?

I have a Nikon d5100 with a 18-250 Tamron for those days I really want to shoot, but don't know what I'll be getting into and a few other lenses for when I DO know what I'll be getting into. I also have a Canon 260sx for other times.

This phone could possibly replace the Canon for when I know taking the Nikon isn't feasible, but I still want something more versatile than the phone. I don't even see it being very often.

brendilon says:

For many users, yeah, the camera is a secondary feature. But not for everyone. For some people, the reason they even have a smartphone is so that they don't have to carry around a phone and a camera. This isn't going to be the power user crowd you generally find at AC, but they certainly exist and I think many of the power users would be surprised how many of them there are.

Also, consider this. You don't get to be one of the most successful, profitable tech companies in the world without having an idea of what people like and want. Do you really think Samsung is just throwing stuff at walls and seeing what sticks? Tat they haven't done market research on this? People scoffed at the Note. Hell, I still think it's too big, but it went after a niche market, it did it very well, and it was hugely successful as a result. There isn't another device anywhere on the market that can come close to matching this one.

Samsung will own this market for a while and laugh up their sleeves while you guys call it ugly and silly and flat out don't get it.

XChrisX says:

This phone/camera is just too bulky. Mid range specs on this device in an otherwise bulky package = pass for me. What's left to announce on the 20th for Samsung I wonder?

Noel Eiffe says:

What's left? Note 3 maybe?

XChrisX says:

I know everyone keeps reiterating an IFA release, but Samsung have recently announced a plethora of phones, and tablets under the galaxy brand. It seems like the Note 3 is the only thing left. My birthday is on the 20th, and I've been waiting for a Note 3 so let's hope so!

keykutney says:

I love everything Samsung does, but this is hideous.

avlon says:

Depending on pricing and performance, I could see this as a great vacation tool. As a travel camera & secondary (unlocked) phone this may work out just fine.

Definitely not the most attractive looking phone but it's a decent looking camera.

MarkSeven says:

I agree. Unlocked and reasonably priced, this could make a great secondary device for taking on vacation or to an event/party where u will wanna take pictures. It's not supposed to be cute, it's supposed to work. I still would appreciate a better screen at least. 720p should be the standard for midrange devices and also the performance has to be great.

abbazaba says:

I'd gladly trade the slimness of the S4 for a better camera, but I'd rather a larger sensor/good prime glass than a zoom lens.

I don't understand why people think this is a bad idea. There is so much debate over camera phone capability and quality, I'd be surprised if optical zoom wasn't the norm on superphones in a couple years.

Biggnaa20 says:

I don't really get it either, but I guess to each his own.

I'm looking forward to this. If the original Galaxy Camera had unlocked phone capabilities, I would have bought it. Since this one does, it might just be my vacation phone.


swimmaholic says:

I like the way Samsung is thinking but the implementation is just not there yet.

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Weirdo0815 says:

The first time I see someone talking on this thing, or even sending texts or checking facebook, I may just laugh out loud... but i will resist as hard as I can for the sake of being nice. It can't possibly be practical to use this thing for anything other than a camera.

When I saw the Galaxy Camera (or whatever it was called), I really liked the idea of a Android powered camera. But this? This is a phone with a real camera attached, not a camera with Android in it.

I could deal with this. I almost always leave my phone in my bag and connected to my MW600 headset. I control the phone calls and texts using Tablet Talk on my Galaxy Tab 7.7, so I rarely have to take it out. I have very few actual apps on my phone, preferring to use them on the tablet. At picture time, I use my Canon point and shoot so combining the two into one would lighten my load slightly.

Thought Samsung could compete with nokia EOS (will come out soon). This shows not.

radyoactive says:

I would buy this as a 2nd phone and just drop my SIM card in when needed.

osubeavs728 says:

I see a lot of people saying this is a viable option to replace point and shoots... While it could be... But what if it doesn't even take that good of pictures?

Biggnaa20 says:

I agree that's a big deal.

Everything that I've said about it hinges on whether it can take a shot better than my smartphone. If not, then it's an exercise in futility.


Will Samsung ever make their homescreen rotate horizontal?? The original Droid 1 did this back in looks dumb as hell rotated in that picture but the homescreen is still in portrait mode! SMH

Sam_And_Roid says:

Not a bad idea in my opinion. They should definitely sell this as a Camera with phone capabilities vs vice versa.

deadlock4400 says:

@Andrew Martonik

Thanks for the post.

It is not more exciting about Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and also the Active model. Because Samsung made these two model so lower category than Genuine S4.

Thanks in Advance

tokuzumi says:

I could easily see myself putting one of these in my pocket. I like the quality of pictures my sony 16MP point and shoot takes, but it doesn't make calls, or connect to wifi/bluetooth/etc. My galaxy nexus is a decent phone, but it takes crappy pictures. Plus, I like a phone with a litte more "hip" on it. Trying to hold these new phones, which are getting thinner and thinner is difficult to do. It's easy to drop, and looking on eBay, looks like a lot of other people are having a hard time holding onto their phones. I can't count the number of phones with cracked screens.

My only real complaint about the device, which is a show-stopper for me, is it needs at least a 720p screen.

Jacob Dix says:

For android users who are also mobile photographers (like myself) this is a godsend. Design be damned, a phone and camera and lens all in one! 16 juicy megapixels and that 3200 ISO means some great night shooting.

What was Samsung thinking? This was designed with people like me in mind.

Jacob Dix says:


I upgraded from the SIII to the S4 AND I love it. Ihas great features and take fantastic pics and beats Iphones in every aspect.

toddjy says:

My brother's Nokia phone that used the OS that died had a zoom, and it was no where near as big as this. That's what I want in a Samsung Galaxy Phone with high end camera, not this monstrosity.