Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is Now Official: 16-Megapixel Camera, 10x Optical Zoom

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It is probably safe to say that the rumors of an alternate Samsung Galaxy S4 with an improved camera can be given the “true!” stamp of approval. The company has announced the Galaxy S4 Zoom, a smartphone sporting a high-resolution image sensor and optical zoom.

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The announcement comes mere days following a leak purportedly showing the device, which, of course, we now know is the real deal.

Camera features include 16 megapixels of CMOS sensor goodness, 10x optical zoom (goodbye, grainy digital zoom!), Xenon flash, and a 1.9-megapixel front facing camera. For those of you with shaky hands, optical image stabilization is very much included.

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Perhaps most interestingly, though, is the inclusion of something called the “Zoom Ring.” It’s exactly as it sounds — it allows the end user to make full use of the optical zoom, but it also doubles as quick access to the camera while on a call for in-call photo sharing. This makes it simple to MMS an image to whomever you’re on a call with.

According to Samsung, “the Zoom Ring can be used to activate the Quick Launch and Shortcut features, giving you instant access to multiple camera modes including Auto, Gallery and Smart Mode with a simple twist.”

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This camera-centric device doesn’t stop with optics. A feature called Photo Suggest allows users to view images from fellow photographers, bringing about a bit of inspiration. According to Samsung, Photo Suggest will even recommend ideal vantage points to help you decide where you should be shooting from.

JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division says, “The Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom represents yet another step forward in the way Samsung is working to enhance the lives of our customers around the world.”

The S4, no doubt, is yet another example of how Samsung could be trying to make it big in the smartphone picture-taking industry. Last summer, the company unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Camera, which also sported optical zoom.

  • Choen Lee

    The Humpback of Seoul.

  • MS

    Is that a Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

  • Swade

    So whats with the 43-43mm and 24mm written on the lens?

  • Ren Bostelaar

    4.3 – 43 is the actual zoom range, which works out to a 24mm equivalent at the wide end.

  • BDWT

    I wonder if the introduction of this more legitimate half phone/half camera is going to spark some new phone products from camera companies like Nikon, Sony or Canon or if they’ll just casually let Samsung take a chunk away from their Point and Shoot market.

    …Beyonce is gonna be pretty angry with all her fans, snapping unflattering photos in 16mp!

  • Antonio Carrasco

    Give me a micro 4/3rds camera with phone capabilities… Something like Olympus PEN!!!!

  • gochugogi

    I knew somebody was gonna write that…

  • Freddie

    Is there an app that allows to to access raw data?

  • agour

    I’m tempted by this, at least the camera on my phone would finally become useful!

  • James

    Working at a camera shop I generally see at least one camera a day with a “lens error” message. In 90% of those situations it is not economical to have it fixed. They all have either dirt or debris in the extendable section of the lens or it turned on while in someones pocket and broke the track. There are going to be a lot of people out there with big, bulky phones with non functioning camera ends. I like the idea of improving the camera side but an extendable lens in a dirty/sandy pocket is not a great idea.

  • Bill Binns

    This is my next phone if I can find a way to either buy it with stock Android or install it and keep all the camera functionality. Sammy, why do you force this Touch Wiz nonsense on us?

    A friend of mine just bought the S4. It makes a water drop noise to register each touch of the screen. The sound becomes annoying in the first few minutes of using the phone. He was new to Android and asked me to change the sound to something else. Impossible. The sound can be shut off but cannot be changed to something less annoying. This would never happen with stock Android. I have never found anything about my Galaxy Nexus that could not be changed.

  • Renato Murakami

    So, I commented about this on another blog… but here goes:
    What is a high-resolution image sensor? What’s the size of it?
    There are lots of questions that will only be answered when it actually comes out.
    See, I’m deciding between this and Nokia EOS, so I’ll have to wait for a side-by-side comparison.
    But a reply in another blog made the case that this probably uses the same sensor as the Samsung Galaxy Camera, which is 1/2.3″… Nokia EOS seems to have the same sensor as Nokia 808, which is 1/1.2″.
    Of course that’s not all there is to it comparing both cameras, but it could be a decisive factor.
    About the optical zoom, it could end up being a double edged sword. Shure, it’s quite daring of Samsung to put the one thing that most visibly missing on Smartphone cameras if you compare them to point ‘n shoots. But I’m wondering what kind of impact this will have on the smartphone battery life.
    Dunno how this goes to Samsung Galaxy Phone, but usually moving mechanical parts can take quite a toll on battery…

  • Genkakuzai

    Yeah I’m pretty curious on the sensor size of that…

  • AsadMulla

    dont you mean this camera is my next phone?

  • AsadMulla

    at least when they say “NO PHONES ALLOWED” you can say “its not a phone its a camera”.