Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Android Smartphone / Digital Camera

For all of you who have been ‘following’ the S4 models of Samsung, you would be too aware of the S4 Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Camera, which happened before if not lately. However, both of the devices have their own limits, and thus here comes the hybrid of the two—if not a seedling: the new Galaxy S4 Zoom. The Zoom is a conjoint model of the two devices mentioned, which means it packs a fully-functional S4 Mini but with another face which is the digital point-and-shoot camera.

The first confusing yet the most interesting fact about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is that, it has two faces, obviously. The major question that remained really is that whether the Zoom is really more as a camera or more as a smartphone. Looking at the smartphone surface, you’d really see the S4 Mini complete with what a real S4 Mini should look. But eyes and thoughts will start to turn as you see how thick it is—at least on one end of the device wherein the so-called camera grip is located. There, you would realize it’s a full-fledged camera.

However, for me, I would like to argue that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is more than a camera, and the hardware speaks of that so much. First, inside the grip comes the battery pack—a pack that is more likely to be a camera battery than a smartphone battery. Next, the camera as a point-and-shoot type comes with all necessary hardware like the AF assist lamp, the built-in flash, the microphone for video recording, the long lens barrel, a 1/2.33-inch sensor, the shutter button, the screw-on port for a tripod, and the extensively amazing lens ring for added manual-like control. The lens sports an optical zoom of 10x, which is pretty rare and incredible already, and adding to it are 25 scene modes that you’d surely enjoy.

Now I would claim that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is more like an accident or property to be a smartphone with full cellular functions. Having the latest Android Jelly Bean version may not be new anymore, and we’ve seen the Galaxy camera before to fully work with Android though without cellular functions. Now the Zoom can really be an S4 Mini, and being Mini, you’d expect shorter features and specs just to compensate for the still-high price. Unluckily, bringing down the S4 is its poorer display that now is only 540×960 at 256ppi for a 4.3-inch display size; I wish it would be at least 720p so as to not go too far from the full HD identity found on the flagship model.

I only spent a few time with the Zoom, so I cannot really identify which excels best and which needs attention. However, going around with the camera is fun, and the responsiveness of controls and features are but snappy with hardly any noticeable hiccups. Zooming in and out is smooth, and this really stands to what its name is all about. I must admit I had troubles using the on-screen buttons for controls, but I think it’s part of the overall experience here. Samsung promised an in-call camera function here wherein users can send a photo MMS using the lens ring while taking a call, but I did not try this yet.

Outside all of these, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with a decent amount of specs: dual-core 1.5GHz A9 processor, Mali 400 GPU, 1.5GB of RAM, only 8GB of ROM (upgradeable via a 64GB SD card), 3G/4G connectivity (market-dependent), dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, and a 2330-mAh battery which should be good for more or less a day of use. The Zoom of Samsung is already perfect for its time, but if it features all the goodies of what a real flagship S4 should be, then I would strongly believe and recommend at how good the Zoom will really be.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Android Smartphone / Digital Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 20,000.00

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