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What to Expect from the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

June 23rd, 2013 Posted in Consumer Electronics

Samsung’s newest addition to its smartphone lineup, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is considered to be half-camera, half-smart phone. The device goes a bit beyond both camera and phone to give users a better image snapping experience. The phone uses the Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system and includes a 4.3 inch AMOLED 960X540 display, camera functions that can be accessed by simply twisting the Zoom Ring and a 10X optical zoom.

There is a second camera that faces the front of the device that is 1.9 MP and the phone features LTE as well as 3G and Wi-Fi capabilities. The camera functions of the smartphone can be easily activated by the Zoom Ring, which is simply a dial that surrounds the lens on the back of the device. Simply twisting the ring starts up the camera and the ring works perfectly even when talking or texting on the phone. It is designed to allow users to snap photos and send them instantly to whoever they are talking to or texting at the moment.

The Zoom Ring also allows users to select different camera modes and functions. The camera has a 16 MP CMOS sensor that is back-illuminated and is designed to allow for close-ups and landscapes no matter what the lighting conditions. Smart Mode will automatically adjust the camera settings once the users determine which preset mode is best, although the camera can also suggest the best settings.

Photo Suggest is a feature that will allow users to tap into libraries containing images provided by others so that photo opportunities can be recommended based on the user’s current location. In other words, the library contains various shots taken by other photographers and the camera will tell users where they can also take similar shots.

Users can also edit and order photo prints directly from the smartphone device. Photographs can be synced with computers as well for sharing and the full HD video capabilities allow for 30 frames per second of video. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is expected to hit markets by the end of 2013. In some countries, preorders have already begun, showing that this stands to be a very popular device for the upcoming Christmas season. German consumers can preorder the device now for around $500 by Cyberport.de. The price for the device has not been officially set, although many speculate that it will come in at around the same price as the latest iPhone.

Tech-savvy consumers who are looking for a smartphone that is smart enough to help them take pictures as well will find the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom to be right up their alley. With a camera that is just as good as other digitals on the market and the addition of smartphone technology all in one device, this could be the most popular technology on the market by the end of the year. Other manufacturers may already be looking into designing their own device that will double as a phone and a high powered camera.

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