Samsung Unveils the New Galaxy K Zoom: A Camera Phone Worthy of the Name

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The Galaxy S4 Zoom camera/smartphone officially has a newer, sleeker younger sibling. Announced late last night, Samsung has taken a bit of the focus off of the Galaxy S5’s camera issues with the release of the new, 10x optical, 20.7-megapixel Galaxy K Zoom — a smartphone that truly earns the right to be called a ‘camera phone.’

The Galaxy K Zoom offers some significant updates over its predecessor in both the design and hardware departments. Inside, you’ll find a higher res 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor, Optical Image Stabilization, a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display and a 10x optical zoom (24-240mm equivalent) f/3.1-6.3 lens, all of which run off of more RAM and processing power than the S4 Zoom could boast.

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The design has also been reimagined to look more like a smartphone and less like a smamra… or cartphone… or whatever you’d call the S4 Zoom’s bulky camera-centric styling. It’s not quite thin by today’s smartphone standards but certainly sleek for what it is.

Have a look for yourself:

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Other notable features include five optimize filters, a “selfie alarm” that will automatically take three shots of your mug with the main cam once you’ve centered yourself in the frame, a full-manual mode and the ability to create custom shooting presets that you can then upload to an online store where others can download them.

No word yet on how much it will cost or if it will even arrive in the United States, but we’ll be sure to update you as soon as that info drops. For now, check out the press release here and let us know in the comments if you’d like us to review this beastly camera phone.

  • BobDole

    okay, three questions:
    1. When?
    2. Where?
    3. How much?

  • Ken Elliott

    I’d carry it.

  • Don Tusk

    This is impressive

  • Jason Yuen

    just wow. Selfies have evolved so much. It started with a silver bubble mirror on the back of the phone to frame your shot, then it went to a rotating camera, then it evolved to an external LCD (ie. moto razr), then to a front facing camera, then back to rotating HD camera, and now back to rear camera with a selfie alarm.

  • Alessandro Aimonetto

    Considering how I carry my phone (bag, pocket, car holder) I fear that lens will broke soon…

  • Luke Robinson

    Yeah first thing I thought too, was that lens is gonna get scratched to hell from Day 1…

  • Luke Robinson

    f3.1 and a little sensor – you have to wonder what the low-light capability will be. But this is still impressive on paper.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Too bad It’s Samsung…

  • Lando

    Just found another site (rhymes with ‘smemshmadget’) with a hands on that shows a little lens cover like most point and shoots. Not trying to crosspost or break rules around here; just saying Samsung at least thought that far ahead.

    Still, f3.1-6.3 doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in those situations where a smartphone is handy, like anywhere other than bright sunlight. Also, Touchwiz.

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  • Wes Bonneville

    This doesn’t look ugly/bulky to anyone? What were they thinking?

  • Sarah BK

    Now THIS is the kind of phone I would replace my current years-old htc with :)

  • Leo Washington

    is it gonna be for at&t t-mobile vorizon etc?

  • Willi Kampmann

    lol @ f/3.1-6.3. Immediately negates the somewhat bigger sensor compared to smartphone cameras on the wide end (modern smartphones have apertures of f/2–2.4), and probably makes the long end only acceptable during midday. In my opinion Nokia shows how it’s done right: Big sensor, high resolution, large aperture. Makes good pictures on the wide end and is a sensible compromise for zooming. Of course, Samsung isn’t particularly known for innovation, so it’s not surprising they’re taking *that* route instead …

  • Ian

    R.I.P. compact cameras – the end is coming.

  • Nova461

    I’ve been waiting for this for a long time…please get your hands on one and let us know what it’s like to use!

    I’m not convinced that I’ll be happy using on-screen controls to change settings, rather than buttons and dials…but there is potential for some really cool shortcuts, too, so I’d love to see it in action!

  • Adam Cross

    hmm I don’t think so, the benefit of compacts is that they’re cheap cheap cheap. A lot of people are quite loyal to their brand of phone, no one is going to switch to this for a premium price or 18month contract when they can get a better compact camera for huge saving.

  • Adam Cross

    I’ve never needed to zoom when using my phone, won’t be needing this

  • Richard

    I agree, I was turned off as soon as I saw the very slow f3.1~6.3 crapola.

  • Richard

    Not likely my friend, maybe the consumer point and shoots but not the advanced compacts with much bigger sensors and larger apertures.

  • Morgan Glassco

    I believe the S4 Zoom was only ever carried by AT&T, I wouldn’t expect that to change much. Especially not going to Verizon.

  • Ian

    That’s exactly what I’m talking about – the consumer P&S cameras. Ease of use & more so ease of sharing mean way more to that market segment than features & image quality. The ability to zoom and have a more serious camera in the phone (I’m sure this is just the beginning) will kill off the low end for good.

  • Ian

    I’m not suggesting they’ll switch plans or buy a new phone for this, but once enough of this kind of phone comes out and people need to buy a new phone anyways, I think they’ll choose this kind of phone over a camera. No extra item to buy/carry, good enough IQ, and far easier to share.

  • David_Evans

    Do you know of a faster 10x zoom lens in such a slim body? I don’t.

  • Alex

    mehh….I am weary of companies trying to normalize the “my phone is also a camera” argument…even if it does appear to be a decent camera…with ridiculous selfie modes.

    for my part…I’d just feel stupid carrying it around.

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  • StevenMoore

    The spec geeks….so tired of them and their whimpering.. for bleeding sakes most folks are taking pics for themselves and web-based small file size needs.. Know folks that are artists with a 3gs iphone… If it fits your needs great if not so what?? Tons of options for everyone…. :-)

  • Oaristys

    We hope smaller zoom and wider apperture…. For me, only wide to standard. I think tele is not a necessity for this kink of device

  • Oaristys

    Necessity of angle field variation ! Zoom lens is not an option. It can’t be replaced by croping. But 10X was not necessery… 3X or 4X with a larger apperture should be better…

  • Oaristys

    That meen you’ve never needed to take a good picture except to do some landscape at wide angle and poor distorted head people portraits…
    —> angular field of view

  • abcdefgqwerty

    this is gonna be expensive made by samsung plus that extra hardware.