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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

Is it a phone? Is it a camera? Do you care?

Our Verdict

We really want to like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. If the camera or phone part was better or the price tag was lower then it would make sense, but it's a poor compact and a mid-range phone with a high end price tag.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 16 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 13 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 540 x 960
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Great smartphone camera
  • Good battery life
  • Decent web browsing
  • Great media players

Against

  • Expensive for mid-range
  • Only 8GB built in storage
  • Occasionally sluggish
  • Average screen

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom doesn't give you the same wealth of video options as it does photo options, but it's still a more than capable little shooter.

It can shoot in 1080p at 30fps, but if you'd prefer you can drop the quality down to 720p (or lower) and have it shoot in 60fps.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

There are also a couple of sound options such as quiet zoom and windcut, both of which go some way to removing background sounds. You can also mute the microphone altogether if you'd rather shoot a silent video.

To start or stop shooting you just tap the camcorder icon on the screen, at which point it's mostly point and shoot- though you can zoom in and out while shooting or pause the video.

We found close ups with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom worked ok. Get too close though and it really struggles, but things a bit further out (though still close) aren't bad at all.

Landscapes come out impressively well, with the foreground in particular looking good. Detail does start to fade further into the background though and it can also do a decent job of capturing fast moving objects. There's minimal motion blur even when shooting high speed traffic.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
SAR Value0.14 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy S4 Zoom
Cellular Generation3.9G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time13 Hour
Product ModelSM-C101
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)208 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerARM
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density256 ppi
Height125.5 mm
Width63.5 mm
Depth15.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy S4 Zoom SM-C101 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Product LineGalaxy S4 Zoom
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor, Magnetometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberSM-C1010ZWABTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationDo it all and miss nothing with the next phase in imaging smartphones. Controlled by the revolutionary zoom ring, the Galaxy S4 zoom is a no-compromises smartphone and camera that sets new standards for versatility and control. The zoom-ring control lets you share a photo during phone calls, control the optical zoom, and launch the camera. Capture life's greatest moments in breathtaking detail with a super-fast, super-sensitive 16-megapixel CMOS sensor. The Galaxy S4 zoom even guides you to the best locations for picture-taking-anywhere in the world. Powered by the latest Android OS and featuring precise control of all picture-taking and communications functions, the Galaxy S4 zoom lets you do more with your life.
Limited Warranty2 Year