The Galaxy K zoom speeds down right onto our review track, ready to take on any cameraphone contender. This speedster is equipped with a 10x optical zoom and OIS and if you were to see only its back, you would hardly recognize you are staring at an Android smartphone with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen on the other side.
Samsung Galaxy K zoom official images
The original Galaxy Camera didn’t have phone functionality and was way too big for comfort. The Galaxy S4 zoom’s specs were too low-end to deserve the “Galaxy S” badge. The Galaxy K zoom is reasonably sized (about as big as a Galaxy S4, except thicker and heavier) and offers solid midrange specs.
- 20.7MP camera – 1/2.3″ sensor, 10x optical zoom (24-240mm), optical image stabilization, xenon flash
- 1080p video camera, 30fps and 60fps modes
- 2MP / 1080p front-facing camera
- 4.8″ Super AMOLED, 720 x 1,280px, 306ppi; Gorilla Glass 3 with ambient light sensor
- Android OS v4.4.2 KitKat
- Exynos 5260 chipset with dual-core 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 and quad-core 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU; 2GB RAM; Mali-T624 GPU
- 8GB of built-in storage, expandable via the microSD card slot
- Active noise cancellation with a secondary mic
- 2,430mAh battery
- Thicker and heavier than a regular smartphone
- No 2160p video capture
- Manual camera controls are hard to use
The days of taking several photos and handing over the roll at the local shop to be developed are long gone, these days a photo must be seen – and shared – the moment it has been snapped. There’s more than a few social networks and services that change so often that even so-called “smart cameras” can’t keep up.
This is half of the reason smartphones have displaced traditional cameras – posting on Instagram / Snapchat / Vine is a lot more common than collecting photos in a family album. The other half is just not having to deal with two devices – did you take the camera? Did you charge the battery, did you offload the photos?
Samsung Galaxy K zoom stretching its lens at the office
Just using the “good enough” camera on your smartphone solves those issues but you lose the zoom and OIS even a cheap a point-and-shoot offers and the flash is usually a weakling LED.
The Samsung Galaxy K zoom offers the best of both worlds – it’s an Android smartphone and it’s a camera. The cost you’d pay is the increased thickness and weight but it still takes less space than a stand-alone camera and a phone.