April 29th 2014 7:18 am

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Samsung's best cameraphone yet

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With image quality on par with a sub-$200 camera (and inferior performance), you'll probably be better off buying a separate camera and smartphone. There's clearly appeal to having a two-in-one device like the K Zoom, and while Samsung's made progress here, the hybrid Galaxy isn't quite ready for prime time.

Critic reviews

7.1
10 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.0
  • Display
    6.1
  • Battery life
    7.3
  • Camera
    7.6
  • Ease of use
    7.4
  • Design and form factor
    7.2
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.3
  • Media support
  • Durability
    6.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.8

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User reviews

1.0
1 review
7.0
Engadget Jun 7, 2014

There's clearly appeal to having a two-in-one device like the K Zoom, and while Samsung's made progress here, the hybrid Galaxy isn't quite ready for prime time.

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7.0
CNET Jun 12, 2014

If you absolutely must have a phone with an optical zoom, the K Zoom is basically your only option. It's bulky though, and the pictures it takes aren't any better than the Galaxy S5's. You'll be far better off with a cheap Android phone and a decent compact digital camera.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 14, 2014

It's down to the design and physical size. Holding a camera up to your ear just feels like a bum note. If you're going to fork out £400 on a smartphone of this scale in this day and age then you need fat pockets - and we don't just mean deep ones to cover the asking price, they need to be wide too.

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8.0
phoneArena Jun 27, 2014

If you have no need for the optical zoom, though, the difference in picture quality with the current Android flagships doesn't warrant the purchase of the K zoom. This fact, together with the phone's bulk, make it more of a niche device.

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7.0
TechRadar Jun 17, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom certainly has its strengths, but ultimately neither the phone nor the camera are distinctive enough to appeal to the masses.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Jun 25, 2014

You pay for the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom’s optical zoom in its chunky body, its somewhat low-res screen and processor that’s not too hot for the price. It’s one compromise too many for most, but there’s no denying how useful a 10x zoom can be.

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7.0
GSM Arena Jul 4, 2014

The niche it caters to is people who take tons of photos each day, but aren't into the nitty-gritty. The kind that cares about the connectivity and social networking features even the smartest of smart cameras fail to offer. It's a small niche but one the Galaxy K zoom doesn't have to share.

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6.0
T3 Jun 23, 2014

For some, combining the processing power and social networking skills of a smartphone with the image quality of a compact zoom camera is the ideal solution. ... K Zoom fills a niche that will never become mainstream.

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8.0
PocketNow Aug 11, 2014

While Samsung has definitely improved the specifications on paper, it has still not addressed some rather important aspects, like the LED notification, or the simplest, no-brainer capability of waking the phone into the camera app with the camera button (alone).

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1.0
toptenreview toptenreview

Recommendation : Don't buy (See bottom of review) Not the best travel zoom, not the best smartphone. But the best combination of the two, which means you'll never be without a zoom camera. Which as a parent is invaluable. I thought memory would be too small, but actually better than my previous...

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