We have seen last year’s Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, one of the best smartphones with enhanced photography abilities that has been ever launched by the company. Now, with the recent release of Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, we cannot help but compare the two, as both are focused on the same philosophy after all. Even though the differences between these two devices might not be that visible, they still exist, influencing not only their performance, but also their features. Is there an evolutionary leap forward, and is Galaxy K Zoom better than its older opponent, the Galaxy S4 Zoom? Let’s find out below.
We should definitely start with the camera, as this is the primary feature that makes these two smartphones stand out in the crowd. There are not many differences between the two, since they come with 10x optical zoom lenses (24-240mm), optical image stabilization, Samsung glass and xenon flashes. A prime difference that we should mention is their BSI CMOS sensor – while Galaxy S4 Zoom features a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, Galaxy K Zoom has a 20.7-megapixel one, which is clearly making a difference between the two.
Furthermore, Galaxy K Zoom will automatically extend the lens once you enter the camera mode, whilst Galaxy S4 Zoom will require you to extend it manually. Galaxy K Zoom differentiates from its older opponent through its AE/AF separation, which allows you to set a different automatic exposure point when attempting to take a shot.
Some other features that make Samsung Galaxy K Zoom much better than Galaxy S4 Zoom are Pro Suggest smart mode (which offers different options based on the type of photo that you’re planning to take) and 1080p video shooting at 50/60 fps (better than Galaxy S4 Zoom, which maxes out at 30fps). Moreover, Galaxy K Zoom features the ability to go from lock screen to taking a picture in 0.3 seconds by holding down the shutter and volume keys, which makes this device more of a camera in concept.
Design and Screen
When comparing the design of these devices, there are definitely many things that need to be mentioned. First, Galaxy K Zoom measures 137.5 x 70.8 x 16.6mm, having a curved rear that makes it very appealing. Even with the camera expanded at most, the device is still measuring only 20.2mm. Even though Galaxy S4 Zoom is smaller in height and width, it still is a chunky monster around the lens and grip. You will also notice that Galaxy S4 Zoom feels like cheap plastic when compared to Galaxy K Zoom, which has the same rear casing found in Samsung Galaxy S5.
As for the screen, the differences are not that big, though. Galaxy S4 Zoom features a 4.3-inch super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, which is not that much compared to Galaxy K Zoom’s 4.8-inch HD super AMOLED screen with 1280 x 720px resolution.
The verdict is clear – Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is the winner, since it integrates a number of features and improved aspects that make it so much better than its older opponent, the Galaxy S4 Zoom. This new revolutionary device is a marriage between the concept of a smartphone and the concept of a camera, allowing you to enjoy all your favorite activities while providing you with excellent photography abilities, too.
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