Meet the Galaxy K zoom – Samsung’s new camera-specialised smartphone

  • Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy K zoom, incorporates a fully functional point and shoot camera.
  • Weighing in at 200 grams, the Galaxy K zoom measures 137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6 mm (at its thickest point around the lens). Its width extends to 20.2 mm when the retractable lens is deployed.
Date:30 April 2014 Tags:, , , ,

Read the specs of Samsung’s latest smartphone – the Galaxy K zoom – and you’d swear it was a point and shoot compact camera. Well, in many ways it is. Features include a 10 x optical zoom (35 mm equivalent: 24 – 240 mm), 20.7 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, optical image stabilisation and Xenon flash. Even better, once you’ve snapped your life away, you can then broadcast your creative genius to all and sundry via mobile networks, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or NFC. Oh, and it makes calls, too.

Other cool camera-like features include an auto focus assist LED, auto focus/auto exposure separation (allowing you to balance light and image sharpness independently), smile/blink detection, object tracking, 5 optimised filter settings and the ability to shoot full HD (1920 x 1080/60p) video. There’s also a “selfie alarm” that’s said to make taking timed snaps of yourself with its main camera a breeze.

On the phone front you also get a 12 cm HD Super AMOLED display, Samsung’s Hexa core processor (which combines a 1.3 GHz quad-core and 1.7 GHz dual-core processor), 2 GB of RAM and Android’s 4.4 (KitKat) operating system. There’s an accelerometer and gyroscope, along with proximity, geomagnetic and light sensors. Additionally, it features Ultra Power Saving Mode to help extend battery life when it gets low, S Health Lite for personal fitness and lifestyle coaching and a studio app that lets you easily edit your pictures and videos.

Plans are afoot to release the Galaxy K zoom in Europe and Asia from next month. As yet, there’s no indication if or when it will be released here in SA. Hope it gets here though – I want one.

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