Late Monday, Samsung revealed “camera specialized smartphone,” the Galaxy K zoom. This is one of the more subtle attempts at merging a smartphone with a great camera. That said, the Galaxy K zoom still looks like more camera than phone. Here is how Samsung introduces the device:
The Galaxy K zoom is a new smartphone that blends advanced digital camera technology with Samsung’s industry-leading Galaxy experience. It features effortless capturing ability, real optics, and a premium design, offering users the mobile solutions they need with the ability to create professional-quality visual content in a fun, easy–to-use device. 1
The camera on the Galaxy K zoom is no joke. The back camera has a 20.7 Mega pixel sensor with a 10x retractable zoom lens, with xenon flash and optical image stabilization. The camera records video in Full HD (1920×1080 /60p); the camera is equipped with Auto Focus/ Auto Exposure Separation. Also, the Galaxy K zoom comes equipped with a Selfie Alarm. We have not had a chance to try out the device, but The Verge offers a pretty good description of how the Selfie Alarm work:
Here’s how it works: you turn on Selfie Alarm, then set the spot in the frame for where you want your face. Then turn the phone around and point the rear camera at your face — when you’re in the frame, the K zoom beeps and then takes three pictures so you can select your favorite later. It works shockingly well, and lets you take full advantage of the camera’s powers for your selfies. Every Samsung phone from now on had better have Selfie Alarm. 2
Overall, the Galaxy K zoom seems like a really good camera, that happens to be a phone.
- Samsung Press Room, “Samsung Introduces the Galaxy K zoom, a New Camera Specialized-Smartphone,” 29 April 2014 ▲
- David Pierce, The Verge, “Samsung’s Galaxy K zoom is a high-end smartphone and an incredible selfie machine,” 28 April 2014 ▲