Another day, another new Samsung Device. Just a month after the latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S4, from the Korean manufacturer went on sale the company has released another variant of the phone. Yes PHONE.
It has officially announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. This is the third in a series of variant. The first being the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini which had a smaller screen and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active which is a water and dust proof variant of the flagship.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom features a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with a 10x optical zoom lens in front of it. It comes with a Xenon flash. The camera has a built-in Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS). This camera has a 1.9-megapixel front camera.
It also has a Zoom Ring, which can be used to activate the Quick Launch and Shortcut features of the camera.
The S4 zoom has a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) Super Amoled display and 1.5GHz dual-core processor, runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and supports LTE. The flagship S4 has better and higher specifications than this. It has a 2,330mAh battery.
It weighs 208 grams and is 15.4 millimeters thick, making it pretty heavy and thick. It is nearly double the thickness of the original Galaxy S4.
Being a device aimed at photographers the device maxes out at ISO 3200. It has a maximum aperture of f/3.1-6.3.
This is not the first time that Samsung has taken a serious shot at putting Android in a camera. Last year, it released the Galaxy Camera which had better specs and also a much longer 21x optical zoom range.
The leader in the smartphone camera market is still the Nokia Pureview which has a 41 megapixel camera.
At the rate Samsung is releasing phones, we are not surprised that they have started piggy backing on names of their flagship devices to sell more of these variants. But while Samsung may have the marketing power we wonder if this is just too much for the regular customer and if the niche market is large enough to justify the launch of such devices.