Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is official: 4.3-incher with 10x optical zoom, OIS and Xenon flash

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Samsung just outed the rumored Galaxy S4 Zoom cameraphone, and it is every bit as resemblant to the Galaxy Camera concept as on the leaked pictures before.

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The mian differences are that it is more compact, achieved by limiting the zoom level to 10x instead of the 21x on Samsung’s Android camera, and it has voice calling functions, not only data connectivity.
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At the front it resembles a Galaxy S4 Mini, with the same 4.3″ 540×960 pixels Super AMOLED display, but is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Exynos 4212 processor, aided by 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage plus a microSD slot for expansion, and, of course, that sweet 16 MP camera with 10x optical zoom on the back and optical image stabilization. Android 4.2 is running the show, and the phone packs a 2330 mAh battery to power it all up.
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The body is officially 15.4mm thick, yet in the camera lens part, which has a zoom ring, that goes to 25mm, and the typical grip bulge is here as well, so it is more of a compact camera with phone functions than anything else. Still, it is the first phone with 10x optical zoom, Xenon flash and all the bells and whistles of manual control over your photos and videos, like aperture, exposure and white balance settings, as well as no less than 26 preset shooting modes, including exotics like Baby, Golf and Smart Suggest, where the camera app tells you which shooting modes are suitable for the current scene.
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Samsung announces NX2000 Smart camera: 20.3MP, NFC, WiFi, 3.7-inch touchscreen.

Poised to be Samsung’s next big hit, the NX2000 is a mashup of the Galaxy Camera and the predecessors of the NX line. The NX2000 features a large 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor powered by the DRIMe IV engine designed to reduce noise, improve speed, and create great color quality. The camera offers continuous shooting at 8fps and top shutter speeds of 1/4000th second — having the ability to keep up with fast moving subjects like Usain Bolt, the company’s newest spokesperson.

The camera features a huge 3.7-inch LCD touch screen screen, closing the gap between the previous NX models and the popular Galaxy Camera. While we are on the subject of the Galaxy Camera, the NX2000 has also borrowed another feature from this camera — the highly intuitive and user friendly interface that we adored in the Galaxy when we reviewed it. Instead of a mode dial on the top of the camera like the new NX1100, the NX2000 offers users a touch screen user interface to adjust settings and modes. Although I am generally not a fan of shooting modes hidden in the in-camera menus, Samsung did a great job making the modes easily accessible and highly intuitive. One thing you will notice immediately is the lack of physical buttons, again becoming more and more similar to the Galaxy Camera.

But the lack of buttons does not mean this camera is without its lion share of features. In fact, the NX2000 is seemingly feature heavy with ISO sensitivities ranging from 100-25600, smart mode for creative shooting, and Full HD video recording.

The NX2000 enters the scene as the newest recipient of Samsung’s Smart Camera technology. Superior Wi-Fi is the driving force of Samsung cameras. The company desires to give users a camera that is their Smartphone’s best friend. By seamlessly integrating a Wi-Fi experience through the Samsung Smart Camera app, users can quickly download images to their Android or iOS device as soon as the camera has recorded the image. Also, the NX2000 has Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which allows you to tap the camera to a NFC device and images are automatically shared through a direct Wi-Fi connection.

The NX line of cameras now has access to 12 interchangeable lenses ranging from wide angle to telephoto. In fact, the NX2000 is even able to accept the new 2D/3D lens that was announced at CES 2013.

Just like the NX1100, the NX2000 will arrive bundled with Lightroom 4 from Adobe.

The NX2000 will be available at the end of May in black, white or pink. The camera will have a retail price of $649.