Samsung Electronics today announced the Galaxy K Zoom, the latest member to its portfolio of mobile devices that combines digital camera technology with its Galaxy smartphones.
Positioned as "a camera-specialized smartphone", the Galaxy K Zoom is said to be equipped with an advanced technical camera system designed to offer the control and functionality of a professional camera. For example, it comes with a new retracting lens technology which offers 10x optical zoom in a slim chassis.
The Galaxy K Zoom sports a 20.7-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS) for better photography in low light conditions. Moreover, it also has Xenon flash which is brighter than the standard LEDs found on conventional camera phones. When it comes to shooting the Galaxy K Zoom has 25 Smart Mode presets, which includes a Pro Suggest mode that offers five optimized filters (called 'Films'), and Selfie Alarm, which lets you take timed selfies easily. There's also AF/AE Separation (found on the NX30 and GALAXY Camera 2) to properly expose an area away from the focal point for the precise balance of light and clarity, which functions similarly to AE lock on DSLR cameras.
Aside from its camera-centric features, the Galaxy K Zoom inherits some of the software features found in the Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone such as Ultra Power Saving Mode, S Health Life, and a Studio app to edit videos and photos.
The "camera-specialized smartphone" has a 4.8-inch HD (1,280 x 720 pixels) Super AMOLED display, runs on a hexa-core processor (1.3GHz quad-core + 1.7GHz dual-core), 2GB RAM and Android 4.4 KitKat. Its internal storage capacity of 8GB is augmented by a microSD card slot that supports microSDSC up to 2GB, microSDHC up to 32GB, and microSDXC up to 64GB. Encased within the 200g chassis is a 2,430mAh battery.