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Samsung announces new Galaxy Zoom Smartphone/Point & Shoot Hybrid

By Anthony Thurston on June 13th 2013

Samsung Announces New Galaxy S4 Zoom, the smartphone that includes a 16 megapixel camera with a 10x zoom lens. This is basically the merging of two markets, the smartphone market and the point and shoot camera market.

galaxy-s4-zoom

Many other photo bloggers are talking about this camera in a negative light, but I have a different view on it. People had a lot to say about many of the first phones that came with cameras built in, they were terrible quality and pointless was a common way to describe them. I am not saying that these are in some way going to be the way that smartphone cameras go by any means, but if you can do it – why not?

I think it’s a neat idea actually. I am fully aware that I am in the minority here, but why would you not like a 16mp camera and 10x optical zoom on your phone? Sure the phone may be a little bigger than a lot of the smaller thin touch screen phones coming out but it has an entire point and shoot camera built in.

Camera Specs

The Galaxy Zoom features an image stabilized lens with an effective 35mm field of view of 24-240mm. Its got a variable aperture that ranges from F3.1 to F6.6 and an ISO sensitivity ranging from 100 to 3,200, and a dedicated flash like most point and shoots.

In standard smartphone fashion it also has a build in 1.9mp sensor camera on the front for video chat and selfies.

galaxy-s4-zoom-back

What are your thoughts? Is this as useless as others have been saying or does this have a place for some consumers?

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Strange phone or strange camera?

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