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Samsung announces Galaxy S4 zoom, with a 16-megapixel and 10x-zoom camera

Samsung really tried to cover all their bases with this one. If you were disappointed that the Galaxy S4 was too much smartphone and not enough camera, or that the Galaxy Camera was too much camera and not enough smartphone, well the Galaxy S4 zoom is definitely for you.

The latest S4 variant (Samsung announced the S4 Active a few days ago) takes what is essentially the the guts of an S4 mini — 4.3-inch, 960 x 540 Super Amoled display, .5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and LTE support — and put it in a case that also sports a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, Xenon flash, and a 10x optical zoom lens.

This is a strange device, looking like a regular smartphone when viewed from the side of the display, and looking like a regular point and shoot complete with the “hump” on the right side to improve the grip when flipped over.

The camera is certainly better than that on other smartphones, except for Nokia’s rumored PureView EOS Windows phone. Other specs include a Zoom Ring that gives you quick access to camera controls, built-in image stabilization, and Samsung-specific apps and features such as Smart Mode, Drama Shot, and Story Album.

How good are the S4 zoom pictures? You can see some photos in this review on hi-tech.mail.

Is this the dream gadget for Instagram addicts? We’ll know when price and availability details come out, and sales numbers start trickling in.

Jason

Jason

Jason de Villa is teacher by day and a geek at all other times of the day. When he’s not teaching, he’s reading and writing about technology, looking for ways technology can help in education. His favorite noodles: Pancit Malabon Express.

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