Galaxy K Zoom has 10x optical zoom
The one thing most phones still fall down on, however, is zoom. Digital zoom is the standard, which simply means it enlarges the image artificially, cropping into what’s already been captured and dramatically losing quality. Not so with the Galaxy K Zoom. This 4.8-inch Android phone comes with an impressive 10x optical zoom lens stuck on the back, rather like last year’s Galaxy S4 Zoom.
Inside it is a 20.7-megapixel image sensor, along with optical image stabilisation for steady, blur-free shots even at full zoom. Combine that with its six-core processor.
K Zoom supports multiple shooting modes within a solitary function known as Magic shot. When you click a picture all the shooting modes which can be applied to the subject matter will be displayed as options. Just pick and apply any of these options immediately after capturing your photo or you can later access them in edit mode.
And so to the camera, all 20.7 megapixels of it. That’s a step up from the S4 Zoom’s 16 megapixels and similar-sounding specifications to Sony’s Xperia Z2. The difference of course is the optical lens, which is capable of zooming in much more efficiently than a standard digital zoom, which loses resolution the more you use it. It extends to 240mm at full stretch and offers 10x magnification — you can also go up to 20x magnification using digital processing.
It can take pictures at a maximum resolution of 5,248×3,936 pixels and shoot video at an impressive full HD 1080p at 60fps. Picture quality is pretty good, but without the zoom, you could say that the Sony Xperia Z2, for instance, delivers equally good results. Use the zoom though, and it’s instantly head and shoulders above its digital zoom rivals, with pics holding their sharpness even at full zoom.
Now Samsung is aiming to make its hybrid model more attractive to consumers and has launched the second generation of the Galaxy Zoom series. The new model offers a slimmer body than the S4 Zoom (18 vs 28 mm) and most of the smartphone components have been upgraded. The Super AMOLED screen has grown from 4.3 to 4.8 inches which brings it close to the 5-inch displays of many current top-end smartphones.
Built-in camera apps include Studio, which lets you edit your pics and create collages. There’s also Pro Suggest Market, which offers pre-set filters and options for your snapper. It comes with a reasonable 8GB of memory on board but you can add up to 64GB via microSD card, with the slot living under a cover on the side. Battery life was a disappointment however, and we found we barely got a full day of steady use out of it.
Reminder: When you tap Camera Switch option to switch between the front and back cameras on your K Zoom device, Magic shot automatically switches to Beauty face mode.
To turn on the Magic shot function, when the Camera application is open, just tap on Mode and then tap the Shot & more icon.
Now aim your K Zoom at the sight and tap on the screen to focus on a specific area. When the focal point rolls green, then just tap the Camera Shutter button.
The Galaxy K comes with a 4.8-inch 720p screen.
The new model is a little slimmer, than its predecessor, the Galaxy S4 Zoom.
Next you will view a modes review screen. All the modes made available may vary according to your photo content. These are five available options:
- Best photo: Best photo mode captures eight consecutive photos and selects the best one out of eight.
- Best face: Best face mode capture five photos and selects the best face for each of the subject.
- Drama shot: Drama photo shooting mode capture a series of consecutive photos of a moving object and merge them into single photo.
- Eraser: Eraser photo shooting mode captures five photos of a scene or a subject and erases unwanted moving objects such as vehicle or a passerby.
- Panning shot: Panning shot mode capture ultra wide photos.
Reminder: The Drama, Eraser and Panning shot modes are only available with the usage of the back camera mode. The Best photo and Best face are available with both the front and back camera mode.
Samsung Galaxy K – Key Photographic/Video Specifications:
- 20.7MP 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor
- 10x zoom, 24-240mm equivalent focal range
- F3.1-6.3 aperture
- Xenon flash
- 2MP front camera
- 1080p video
Samsung Galaxy K – Other Specifications:
- 1.3GHz quad-core, 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos Hexa processor
- Android 4.4
- 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display
- 2GB of RAM
- 8GB storage
- 2,430 mAh battery
On the camera module, the most obvious change is the increased pixel count. The 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor now captures 20.7MP images versus the S4 Zoom’s 16MP. The 10x zoom lens offers the same 24-240mm equivalent focal range and F3.1-6.3 maximum aperture as the S4 Zoom and comes with optical image stabilization. There is also a xenon flash and a 2MP front camera for the occasional selfie. We’re looking forward to getting a Galaxy K Zoom into our hands for testing.