Most modern smartphones have great features and future upgrades often see a vast improvement in its camera capabilities and value added features. Samsung’s latest launch, the Galaxy K Zoom takes the smartphone’s camera to a completely new level, one that makes it part camera part smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom has been described by Samsung’s senior vice president Sung Hong Lim as a device that’s not just a camera or a smartphone but as a camera-specialized smartphone, which is a completely new category of devices never been seen before.
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom
Its quite easy to compare the Galaxy K Zoom with the S4 Zoom, but the device is nowhere close to what the bulky S4 Zoom was and isn’t even a follow up to that device. With a 20.7 MP sensor sitting on top of the phone, you cannot expect it to be a super slim device. The K Zoom measures 5.4 inches in height and is 2.8 inches wide. Its thickness at .65 inches makes it heavy device at 7 ounces or 200 grams.
Samsung’s top end Galaxy S5 on the other hand is just .32 inches thick weighing just 5.1 ounces or 145 grams. The K Zoom’s volume rocker and the power button sit on the right side of the device with a dedicated shutter release button conveniently located at the lower right side of the phone. You can use the volume controls to adjust the zoom if you don’t find pinching the screen handy. The headset finds a place at the top of the device while the micro-USB is available at the bottom of the device.
The K Zoom Camera
The K Zoom lens has nine elements but thankfully three of them get flattened when the camera is turned off, making it easier to slide it into your pocket. A Xenon flash and optical image stabilizer makes it easier for use in low light conditions. There’s also a ton of value added camera features such as autofocus and autoexposure separation, selfie alarm, object tracking, and smile or blink detection among others.
The Selfie Alarm mode lets you lock your photo on screen before turning the camera around and taking the shot. While this isn’t the most ideal way of taking a selfie the 2 MP front facing camera just doesn’t cut it and you’ll therefore have to make do with the selfie alarm, which isn’t bad at all. There is also a Pro Suggest mode with 5 optimized filter settings for capturing your photos. Videos can also be recorded at 1080p HD resolutions and you can even make use of the zoom lens while recording.
The Galaxy K Zoom runs Android 4.4 KitKat on top of its TouchWiz interface, and is powered by a hexa-core Exynos processor (a quad-core 1.3GHz and a dual-core 1.7GHz). Other specs include a 2GB RAM, 8 GB storage that can be expanded to 64GB via microSD card and a 2,430mAh removable battery .
The Galaxy K Zoom will be available in LTE and 3G variants and will also include connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro-USB and NFC.
The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is clearly not your average high end smartphone for everyday use. It is specially designed for photo enthusiasts who prefer to carry around a great camera on a good smartphone. If you are someone who is looking for optical zoom capabilities on your smartphone, but don’t want to carry another device (camera) on you, the K Zoom should be ideal. What’s more, you can instantly share them using the smartphone’s social apps. That means more shares, more views and viral popularity since you are one up on your peers, with your camera specialized Galaxy K Zoom.
Samsung still has not revealed the price of the K Zoom but we know that the device will become available first in Asian markets particularly Singapore. There are no plans for a U.S launch as yet, only time will tell.
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Intro
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Specs
Network : LTE and 3G
Display: 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED Display (1280×720)
Processor: Hexa core: 1.3GHz Quad-Core + 1.7GHz Dual-Core Processor
OS: Android 4.4 (Kitkat)
Camera: Rear: 20.7 Mega pixel 1/2.3 BSI CMOS Sensor, 10x Optical Zoom, OIS; 24-240mm, F3.1-6.3; AF Assist LED;
Front: 2.0 Mega pixel; ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Continuous Shot: 3fps MAX with AF; Format: JPEG, PNG, GIF, WBMP, BMP, AGIF, Xenon Flash; SMART Mode, Expert Mode(P/M), My Mode
Video: Recording Playback: Full HD (1920×1080 /60p)
Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Audio: Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC +/eAAC+, WMA, OGG (Vorbis), FLAC
Format : MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Camera Features: SMART Mode(28): Auto, Pro Suggest, Program, Beauty face, Shot more, Panorama, Virtual tour, Rich tone, Night, Continuous shot, Selfie alarm, Manual, Kids shot, Landscape, Dawn, Snow, Macro, Food, Party/Indoor, Action freeze, Waterfall, Animated photo, Sound shot, Surround shot, Silhouette, Sunset, Fireworks, Light race, AF/AE Separation, Object tracking, Studio, Smile/ Blink detection; Ultra Power Saving Mode; Kids mode; S Health Lite
Connectivity: Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, HT40; Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE
USB: USB 2.0; NFC, A-GPS + GLONASS
Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor
Memory: RAM: 2GB, Internal Memory: 8GB, microSD slot: micro SDSC (up to 2GB guaranteed), micro SDHC (up to 32GB guaranteed), micro SDXC (up to 64GB guaranteed)
Dimensions: 137.5X70.8X16.6(20.2)mm, 200g