Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review, specs, and features

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Smart phone cameras have improved dramatically in just a short few years. Gone are the days of blurry VGA-quality pictures, some phones now pack megapixel counts higher than one finds in most pro digital SLR Cameras.

The built-in software, too, now allows you to create effects that were once only in the dreams of professional photographers with hugely expensive kit.

The Galaxy S 4 Zoom is made of the same material like other Samsung devices: a plastic body. Even with the plastic body, the handset still weighs in at 7.34 ounces. As a comparison, the regular model Galaxy S 4 weighs in at 4.58 ounces. The Galaxy S 4 Zoom measures in at 4.93 x 2.45 x 0.6 inches in size.

The Galaxy S 4 Zoom display is 960 x 540 and with a PPI of 256. The handset is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Samsung Exynos 4 (4212) processor which sits with 1.5GB of RAM. There is also connectivity in the form of LTE, 3G, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and NFC.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom is equipped with a 16-megapixel camera, which certainly packs a lot more power than most top tier Smartphone’s these days. Having a larger lens unit means that the sensor is a lot bigger, allowing to flood in more light, data, and more detail. It also allows for a 10x zoom, activates by the ring or via the onscreen buttons.

The S4 Zoom is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, almost the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. The interface is basically the same that one will find on any of the other phones in the S4 range.

With its massive sensor, impressive megapixel count and 10x optical zoom, the Galaxy S4 Zoom may seem like the shutterbug’s phone of choice. It’s certainly the only phone to opt for right now if you value zooming in on things above anything else, although its image quality in general isn’t significantly better than other high-end smart phones.