Samsung unveils camera-calibre phone

STRANGE BEAST: The Galaxy S4 Zoom is a cross between a 16MP camera and a smartphone that runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.


    Jun 18, 2013

    Samsung unveils camera-calibre phone

    SAMSUNG Electronics has revealed the Galaxy S4 Zoom, the latest model of its flagship Galaxy series, which is a cross between a camera and a smartphone.

    The unconventional gadget features a high-end smartphone while embedding a quality camera, according to information Samsung released to the United States media last week.

    Up front, the Galaxy S4 Zoom looks like a smartphone, equipped with the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, a 4.3-inch Super Amoled 960x540-pixel screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of internal memory, and a micro-SD card slot for up to 64GB more capacity.

    Flip it around, and a 16MP camera emerges, armed with a 35mm-equivalent focal-length range of 24-240mm.

    The Galaxy S4 Zoom also boasts ISO sensitivity ranging from 100 to 3,200, coupled with a flash and a 1.9MP camera on the front suitable for video chat.

    It is considered to be a significant step up from its de facto predecessor, Samsung Galaxy Camera, the South Korean tech giant's first Android-based camera.

    The Galaxy Camera was a compact camera with 21x optical zoom and a 4.8-inch screen, but it could hardly qualify as a smartphone.

    Samsung has yet to announce a release date for the Galaxy S4 Zoom in South Korea.

    The phone will become available in Britain this summer, and will be released in the US and the rest of Europe in the fourth quarter.