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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom
This phone is a bit like a solution looking for a problem. I’m trying to work out what market this phone is aiming for, and it’s not easy to identify. Essentially, it’s a camera with a phone attached. This means that if you are ready to drop your prosumer camera and have it conjoined toyour phone, or you are a phone junkie that just has to have a biggest camera on the market, this is the one for you. There are other camera phones that also do a good (if not better) job of all the above (the Galaxy S4 Zoom and the Nokia Lumia 1020) with less hardware. Well, you make up your own mind, but I don’t think mum would want one, Dad might and the kids want other bell and whistles.
So on to the phone then. The camera is a 20.7 MP behemoth that has an10 inch optical zoom and image stabilisation. Sadly, there is no 4K wonderment here, which is a pity, given the opportunities this phone opens up to the manufacturer. It also has a rather low power battery at 2430MHa to keep everything up and running.
The camera tends to overexpose subjects but comes in three modes:
- AF/AE mode, which allows you to pick a spot in the picture frame to focus on and also for exposure metering.
- Pro Suggest. This is an auto mode that suggests the primary focus and exposure point of a picture.
- Manual Mode, where you can change shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation and ISO, albeit to a limited extent.
- Selfies. This allows you to pick an area on the screen that you want your face to be when the shot is taken, and the camera will wait until you are in that position before taking the pic.
The camera…I mean phone has a 4.8” screen in Super Amoled, runs KitKat 4.4.2 and has what it terms a hexa core processor, which is essentially 2 x quadcore 1.3 GHz processor with a dual core 1.7 GHz processor for normal duty. This also allows14 hours of talk time.
You’ll have to make up your own mind on this one; I’m a little flummoxed…400 GBP can buy you a really decent camera with much better photo taking abilities, so why spend it on a phone that wants to be a prosumer camera as well, that has lesser abilities?