Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom arrives in Australia – a smartphone with 10x optical zoom

Oct 30, 2013

New Samsung smartphone that offers quality photographic experiences in a compact form

Sydney Australia – 30 October 2013 – Samsung Electronics Australia has today announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom, a powerful new smartphone device that combines the stylish heritage of GALAXY S4 devices with photographic capabilities of an optical zoom.

A new addition to the GALAXY S4 family, the flagship range of Samsung smartphones, the GALAXY S4 zoom is the realisation of a mission to create a single device that can fulfill the role of both an amazing smartphone and a compact camera. Combining a 10x Optical Zoom with some of Samsung’s advanced compact digital camera technology, the GALAXY S4 zoom delivers a 16 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS), and Xenon Flash with the functionality of a compact Samsung smartphone.

“We believe that the Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom is the ultimate tool for people who want to use their smartphone to capture and share high quality images quickly and conveniently. It’s a device that is engineered to offer flexibility and give people a wide range of capabilities in a smartphone,” said Tyler McGee, Vice President – Telecommunications, Samsung Electronics Australia. “We see the GALAXY S4 zoom, with its 10x optical zoom and Android™ operating system, as a great way for people to share great high quality photos quickly and easily.”

Craig Gillespie, Head of Digital Imaging, Samsung Electronics Australia added, “It is exciting to see a product come into the Australian market that allows users to experience a GALAXY smartphone with the benefits of Samsung’s camera technology. The GALAXY S4 zoom’s ability to capture high quality images can turn quick snaps into precious photos that can be kept, printed and shared for years to come.”


New interface designed to make smartphone photography easy

The new Zoom Ring is a simple and intuitive way to access the GALAXY S4 zoom’s key features while making phone calls. During a phone call, users can share content with the person they are speaking with through a twist of the Zoom Ring, which will activate the In-Call Photo Share feature. In-Call Photo Share offers the ability to use the camera function during a call and share images (via MMS*).

For easy camera function navigation, twisting the Zoom Ring can also activate Quick Launch and Shortcut features, designed to give users instant access to multiple camera modes including Auto, Gallery and Smart Mode.

The Zoom Ring is also designed to replace dials and buttons in a smooth, easy-to-operate system that can make it easy for users to compose an image scene and capture wide-angle shots or tight close-ups.

Quality images with impressive camera technology

The GALAXY S4 zoom’s 10x Optical Zoom and 16MP BSI CMOS Sensor lets users capture beautiful images, whether from a distance or up close, and in a range of light conditions. With Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS), image blur can be reduced.

Photo Suggest** can connect users to huge libraries of images taken by fellow photographers from around the world. The device app is designed to connect users to examples of other photos taken of the same location in order to help them compare and compose their photographs. Photo Suggest can even direct users to the ideal photo locations and vantage points.

The GALAXY S4 zoom also features Samsung’s popular Smart Mode, built with pre-determined camera settings that help users take the best photos in a range of environments. Smart Mode will automatically adjust camera settings to help users capture the best photos possible. Settings include: Drama Shot, designed to merge continuous shots of moving objects into a single composed image; Action Freeze to instantly capture high-speed action; and a range of others.

In addition, the Smart Mode Suggest function will automatically measure elements of lighting and image composition in a shot and provide the user with a shortlist of options to take great photos based on the appropriate camera settings. Smart Mode Suggest also includes face detection; helping to ensure that photos of friends and family are optimised.

Store, edit and share content easily

The GALAXY S4 zoom's smartphone heritage is evident throughout, from its sleek and stylish design to the powerful, yet intuitive user interface. Running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2, the GALAXY S4 zoom boasts many of the same features as the recently launched GALAXY S4 smartphone, including Touchwiz, designed to give users the ability to customise various aspects of the device interface including the lock screen and notification bar.

The GALAXY S4 zoom includes Story Album, which lets users arrange images and videos into a single timeline so they can easily share content with friends and loved ones via email or social media channels**.

Through a collabouration with online photo album service, Blurb#, users can also edit images and even order prints directly from the device. If users would rather transfer images to a compatible laptop or tablet wirelessly for safe keeping, Samsung Link makes this possible with the touch of a button.

The GALAXY S4 zoom also features the latest version of Samsung Hub**, a one-stop destination for great music, videos, books and games.

Group Play lets multiple GALAXY S4 zoom users connect directly with their Samsung devices so they can all listen and play together, without the need for a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal.

Pricing and Availability

The Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom will be available in-store from next week through selected Samsung retail partners and at the Samsung Experience Stores in Melbourne and Sydney for an RRP of $699.

* Additional charges may apply for MMS.
** Internet connection required. Data, subscription and other charges may apply.# Blurb, the global creative publishing platform, collabourates with Samsung to power worldwide book and magazine print production and fulfillment within the GALAXY S4 zoom’s Story Album application. Users of Story Album will now be able to create high quality print photo books and magazines quickly and seamlessly from their camera phone images. Internet connection required. Data, print and other charges may apply.

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Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom Product Specifications:

Network LTE 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1,900MHz
3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1,900 / 2,100MHz
4G (LTE Cat 3 100 / 50Mbps): 800 / 850 / 900 / 1,800 / 2,100 / 2,600MHz
Display 4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED (960 x 540) screen
AP 1.5GHz Exynos Dual-Core Processor
OS Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Camera Main (Rear): 16 Mega pixel with x10 Optical Zoom and enhanced SMART Modes, OIS, 24-240mm, F3.1-F6.3
Sub (Front): 1.9 Mega pixel camera
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Continuous Shot: 4fps MAX with AF
Format: JPEG, PNG, GIF, WBMP, BMP, AGIF
Xenon Flash,
SMART Mode, Expert Mode(P / S / M / C), My Mode
Video Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, VP8, WMV7 / 8, Sorenson Spark
Recording & Playback: Full HD (1920 x 1080 30p)
Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB / WB, AAC / AAC+ / eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis(OGG), FLAC, apt-X
Camera
Features
SMART Mode (25): Smart mode suggest, Beauty face, Best photo, Continuous shot, Best face, Kids shot, Landscape, Dawn, Snow, Macro, Food, Party/Indoor, Action freeze, Rich tone (HDR), Panorama, Waterfall, Animated photo, Drama, Eraser, Sound & Shot, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light trace
Additional Features Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON
S Voice, S Translator
Group Play: Share Music (MP3), Share Picture (JPEG, GIF), Share Document (PDF, PPT), Play Games
Story Album, Trip Advisor, Paper Artist
Google Mobile Services Chrome, Downloads, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Search, Google Settings, Google Plus, Google Local, Google Play Store, Google Messenger, Google Navigation, Youtube, Google Talk, Voice Search, Google Play Movie & TV, Google Play books, Google Play Music, Google Play Magazine
Connectivity WiFi a/b/g/n 5GHz
NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
A-GPS + GLONASS
micro-SIM (3FF)
Sensor Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, RGB Light
Memory 8GB Internal memory (User memory approximately 5GB) + microSD slot (up to 64GB) 1.5GB RAM
*User memory space may be less than the total memory space due to system files. User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.
Dimension 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4mm, 208g (with standard battery)
Battery 2,330mAh


1 All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

2 Android, Chrome, Downloads, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Search, Google Settings, Google Plus, Google Local, Google Play Store, Google Messenger, Google Navigation, Youtube, Google Talk, Voice Search, Google Play Movie & TV, Google Play books, Google Play Music and Google Play Magazine are trademarks of Google Inc.

3 Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom uses Corning’s new Gorilla® Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance™. This cover glass, Corning’s newest formulation, has improved damage and scratch resistance and reduced scratch visibility when compared to previous versions of Gorilla Glass.

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