Introducing the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom – Hands On Review
Samsung at the Red Dot Museum in Singapore launched its next camera cum smartphone today, the Galaxy K Zoom. The device has been given a drastic makeover from its predecessor, the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Samsung have now come up with a new “K” series for its camera centric line of smartphones. The device features a 20.7 MP camera with 10x Optical Zoom compared to the previous model which had a 16MP camera with the same zoom, but the camera has been improved quite bit as compared to its predecessor.
Under the Hood
If we look under the hood the smartphone has some more than decent specs, a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, hexa-core Exynos 5 Hexa 5260 processor with two 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, 2.1 MP front shooter and a 2430 mAh battery. As far as connectivity goes, the K Zoom comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0LE, GPS, NFC and HSPA+. The device runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat, with the new TouchWiz skin on it. The phone can support up to 64 GB of memory via microSD. So you do not need to worry about having any memory issues, whilst taking pictures.
The Galaxy K Zoom comes in the same plastic body we have known Samsung to use for quite a while now. The smartphone has a thickness of 16.6 mm and comes with a textured back that is similar to the one offered in the Galaxy S5. This makes the device much thinner than the Galaxy S4 Zoom and the camera lens gets tucked very nicely in line with the body, so you do not feel any unnecessary bulk when carrying or using the smartphone. Best part is it feels like a smartphone and not a point and click shooter. The Galaxy K Zoom comes with a dedicated shutter button, so taking pictures becomes a whole lot fun.
Now lets talk about the main feature of the Galaxy K Zoom, the camera! The smartphone has a 20.7 MP 1/2.3 BSI CMOS camera sensor with 10x optical zoom, Xenon flash and OIS. The camera software UI is similar to that found in the Galaxy S5 but this device has 28 different shooting modes. This means you can have a whole lot of fun capturing memorable moments. The modes include Selfie Alarm that lets you position a box on screen for where your face will be so that when you turn the camera around, it can lock on and give you an audible warning before it fires off three shots. Pro Suggest is another mode, when you frame up your subject, half press the shutter release, and up pops a row of shooting mode suggestions that can be applied. So for example if you are sitting in a candle light dinner and want to take a picture of your scrumptious looking food then, focou on it half press the shutter and you will get options such as Macro, Food, Low light etc. The Galaxy K Zoom takes 1080p videos at 60 fps so you will not miss out on any of your precious moments.
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SAMSUNG INTRODUCES THE GALAXY K ZOOM
New device combines industry-leading camera features with the Samsung Galaxy mobile experience
29th April 2014, London, UK – Samsung Electronics UK today unveiled a new smartphone with a professional grade camera, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. The new device is a new smartphone that blends advanced digital camera technology with Samsung’s industry-leading Galaxy experience. Featuring effortless capturing ability, real optics, and a premium design, the Galaxy K Zoom gives you the mobile solutions you need plus the ability to create professional-quality visual content in a fun, easy–to-use device.
“We know that our customers all have different demands and needs, and the Galaxy K Zoom is the latest example of our on-going commitment to ensuring we have something for everyone,” said Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland. “What most of our customers do have in common though is a desire for a mobile device that has a great camera – whether that be a parent wanting to capture their child’s first steps, or friends on a night out. The Galaxy K Zoom has a range of features that mean they can effortlessly take and share those photos and with the convenience of a Galaxy smartphone.”
The Galaxy K Zoom has an advanced technical camera system designed to give you the control and functionality of an advanced camera, so you never miss important moments and can always capture them with complete clarity. It comes equipped with new retracting lens technology that provides a 10x optical zoom in a remarkably slim and chic body. Other notable features include the 20.7 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for ultra-clear, ultra-detailed images. The device excels in low light conditions, and provides Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) to reduce blur caused by movement, so you will always get pictures and video in Full HD that are crisp and sharp, even when zoomed-in and in low light. In addition, the device’s Xenon Flash provides a brighter light than LEDs to improve the quality of the image with natural brilliance.
The Galaxy K Zoom also includes advanced camera features and functions, including; AF/AE Separation (Auto Focus/Auto Exposure Separation) for the precise balance of light and clarity; next-generation Pro Suggest mode which offers 10 optimised filter settings; a Selfie Alarm so you can take timed selfies with ease; and object tracking for a clear, focused shot of a moving subject. Each feature comes with a simple User Interface, allowing you to easily capture photos and videos in groundbreaking quality, in any situation.
The compact and highly portable Galaxy K Zoom features an ergonomic grip and sleek, stylish lines that feel soft and comfortable in the hand. Additionally, it offers all the features that we know people want in a flagship Galaxy smartphone, including Ultra Power Saving Mode for minimising battery consumption, S Health Lite for personalised fitness and lifestyle coaching, and a Studio app so you can easily edit your pictures and videos.
UK availability of the Galaxy K Zoom will be announced in due course.