Galaxy Zoom 4 to combine smartphone and digital camera


Device bringing together Android OS, the ability to make calls and a 16-megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S4 Zoom, a device that combines a smartphone and a digital camera. It will be available in the UK this summer, with further release details announced in due course.

The device is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and runs the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.

It combines a 16-megapixel rear camera with CMOS Sensor, 10x optical zoom and 1.9-megapixel front camera, something Samsung said sets new standards for mobile photography.

When a user is in the middle of a phone call and they see something they would like to share, they can twist the Zoom Ring to activate the In-Call Photo Share feature, enabling them to capture and send an image via MMS.

Zoom Ring can also be used to activate the Quick Launch and Shortcut features, providing quick access to multiple camera modes including Auto, Gallery and Smart Mode. The camera also comes with the built-in Optical Image Stabiliser to help keep the camera still and reduce blurring.

Story Album lets the user arrange favourite images and videos into one timeline to share with others. Users can edit images and order prints directly from the device through a partnership with creative publishing platform blurb.

Samsung Link enables users to transfer images to a laptop or tablet with one touch or alternatively they can sync their data in their own personal Cloud through HomeSync.

Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland vice president of IT and mobile division Simon Stanford said: “Combining our industry-leading expertise in digital imaging and smartphones, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is a converged device that delivers on all fronts.”