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A messy marriage of smartphone and camera

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Samsung's GS4 Zoom may be a slight improvement over the Galaxy Camera, but it's still not very good.

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7.1
9 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.4
  • Display
    6.7
  • Battery life
    6.7
  • Camera
    8.5
  • Ease of use
    7.0
  • Design and form factor
    6.8
  • Portability (size / weight)
    5.9
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    7.3
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.5

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8.5
2 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    9.0
  • Display
    10
  • Battery life | 1 comment
    7.0
  • Camera
    10
  • Ease of use
    9.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.0
  • Media support
    9.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    9.0
6.0
Engadget Jul 12, 2013

If your contract has expired and you're stepping up from a low-end Android handset with a small screen, you may very well fall in love with the Zoom. But if you're considering a lateral move from one of this year's top performers, you're not going to be very happy here.

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7.0
Eurogamer Jul 18, 2013

Photo quality is excellent and being free of the need to copy snaps over to your PC from an SD card is incredibly liberating - but when it falls short, you're left with a phone that showcases outdated architecture, a low-res screen and causes your pocket to sag in a very unappealing manner.

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8.0
phoneArena Jul 4, 2013

The minute you hold the Galaxy S4 Zoom, it becomes clear that Samsung has done more of a compact camera with phone functions, rather than a cameraphone conceived from the ground up with mobility in mind.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Jul 12, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is a great smartphone/camera hybrid – it’s a decent mid-range smartphone and camera delivers where it counts. We can’t recommend it to everyone, but if you love the idea then you’ll love the S4 Zoom.

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8.0
GSM Arena Jul 23, 2013

So, a phone or a camera, which is it? The Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom tries to be both, but it does better at one than the other. You should've all figured by now that it's the camera we're talking about. The S4 zoom has all the trimmings of a digicam.

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8.0
Digital Versus Aug 8, 2013

The GS4 Zoom might be for you if your top priority is to have a camera that's constantly connected to the Internet ... But if you're more into snapping photos on the fly to e-mail to friends or post on Facebook, then there are other smartphones with good cameras that'll do the job.

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7.0
TechRadar Jul 17, 2013

We really want to like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom but we're just not sure there's a gap in the market for it. If the camera or phone part was better or the price tag was lower then it would make sense, but right now it's a poor compact married to a mid-range phone at a high end price tag.

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6.0
T3 Aug 6, 2013

The real thing about this phone is the size that the zoom lens attaches to an otherwise slim smartphone. It's chunky. But if you are planning to take a lot of photographs, it's worth it.

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7.0
Photography Blog Oct 28, 2013

Ultimately the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom isn't quite good enough in either the imaging department or as a phone to persuade phone users or photographers to use it.

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First Looks

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TechCrunch Jun 12, 2013

The Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 10X optical zoom lens on the back, giving it two clear aspects: from the front it looks exactly like Samsung’s flagship S4 smartphone. But from the back it looks like a point and shoot digital camera.

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Ars Technica Jun 12, 2013

The camera features image stabilization, a Xenon flash, continuous shot mode, and the Smart Mode settings featured on Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones. It also incorporates Photo Suggest, which shows other photos that have been taken near the location you're in.

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CNET Jun 20, 2013

Its significantly increased size over the standard Galaxy S4, together with its pared-down phone specs, means that it's not likely to find its way into everyone's pockets.

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Pocket-Lint Jun 20, 2013

There's something rather cute about the Zoom in the flesh, even though it looks like a mad, Doctor Frankenstein-style experiment. It may well remind us of the camera-phone given to Bret by Jermaine in Flight of the Conchords, but our first impressions is that it will win many people over.

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GSM Arena Jun 12, 2013

The key selling point of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom though, is its camera, which has 16MP sensor, a 10x zoom and a xenon flash. It's capable of 10x optical zoom, which is less than the 21x zoom of the Galaxy Camera, but has nicely sounding 24mm wide lens, which we believe is more important.

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TechRadar Jun 20, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Zoom is an odd device, and one we cannot see being a success. It's too chunky to be a phone you'd want to buy over something a bit sleeker, and it's likely to be a bit too expensive compared to a comparable compact camera.

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TrustedReviews Jun 21, 2013

The S4 Zoom will not appeal to everyone, but, on first impressions at least, it will more than satisfy the needs of smartphone owners looking for market leading camera capabilities.

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Digital Trends Jun 20, 2013

With the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung takes a full stab at combining a smartphone with a point-and-shoot camera. Though it's bulky, the S4 Zoom may satisfy those who value good photos, but hate carrying around a phone and a camera.

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Expert Reviews Jun 20, 2013

Samsung has done a good job integrating the two sides of the device, so you quickly get camera mode when you want to take a picture.

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Stuff Jun 20, 2013

It fits in your pocket but still packs the skills of a proper compact camera. Alright, we should say it bulges in your pocket, but if you want that extra quality it's worth risking arrest for indecent behaviour.

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8.0
Juannewhyte Juannewhyte

The Photography & video of this phone is amazing. I bought it for my wife so that she could take photo's of the kids. Her cellphone is always on her so it was a perfect choice to have the best of both worlds.

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