The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is one of many Galaxy S4 variants released this year. However unlike the Mini and Active S4 variants, which target small handed and rugged smartphone users, the Zoom is designed to appeal to camera connoisseurs. With the market currently dominated by Nokia and its latest wave of Pureview-enabled Lumia smartphones, the Zoom looks to differentiate itself with a full optical Zoom lens.
This means that unlike other smartphone cameras, the Zoom physically zooms in on objects, rather than simply cropping and blowing up a section of the image captured by the camera's sensor, as is done on digital zoom smartphones. As such, the Zoom's 16MP rear snapper should offer vastly superior performance to most smartphone's cameras when shooting objects from far away.
However, the Zoom's emphasis on camera tech means Samsung's cut several corners when it comes to the phone's internal components, loading it with a modest dual, not quad-core processor and slightly disappointing 4.3in 540x960, 256ppi display.
For this reason, many photography fans that want a decent phone as well would do well to wait for Nokia's 1020 41MP camera-packing Lumia 1020 to arrive in the UK before shelling out their hard-earned cash.