The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is a device so bizarre it's hard to believe it actually exists. But Samsung is serious about this smartphone with a point-and-shoot camera grafted onto it. It is so serious, in fact, that the company has released this three minute demo video starring a young lady that just can't stop smiling while using the GS4 Zoom. Also featured: terrible music.

This gives us a slightly better idea of how the GS4 Zoom will work. There are smart features that suggest scene modes based on lighting, which is neat. Real image stabilization would be useful in a phone as well. The video includes several supposed images taken with the Galaxy S4 Zoom, but it's not clear if these are supposed to represent what the device is actually capturing.

The GS4 Zoom targets a very niche consumer, but the rest of us can still look on in fascination as a woman holds a camera up to her ear.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • duse

    Anyone know what the church at 0:21 is?

    • mesmorino

      It kinda looks like Notre Dame Cathedral, from behind. I don't think it is, but it does look like it

    • hugo95b

      It's the Milan Cathedral in Italy

      • mesmorino


      • duse

        Appears so...thanks!

    • Jens Törnblad

      Maybe you can take a screenshot and ask Google? :D

    • adetogni

      Everything has been shot in Milan (where I live). It's the Duomo (0:21), the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele (0:53), the Scala Opera theater (1:00), the fashion/artsy zone of Brera (1:43), a theater that I don't recognize :) (2:00)...and a very typical Milan "tram" (2:07). Kinda funny seeing this places in a Samsung (Korean!) ad.
      Apart from this, it's not for me (as either I go full fledged with my DLSR or I use the phone for "simple" pictures...I don't travel with a compact), but I see many people wanting this due to the ever increasing stream of enthusiasts of photography (oh,yeah, with enthusiast I mean "people that like taking pictures of everything and applying a stupid filter to it to show how they're hip").

      • duse

        Thanks for the info!

  • mesmorino

    The phone's got a fat ass but the battery's still bush league. What was the point of this again? They could have used that extra bulk to beef up the juice

    • GigiAUT

      ....dat ass!

      • mesmorino

        That's what *I* said! :D

  • Kcls

    What I find odd is all the S3's/S4's have onscreen buttons in the video.

    • Tim Gueusquin

      Things to come in the S5?

    • tomn1ce

      Maybe they are finally getting rid of the capacitive and home buttons with the G-Note 3....that would be nice...

    • sds

      You can have onscreen buttons if you root and install the Xposed framework.

  • Haunter

    After watching that, I feel like it would be a whole lot less awkward to talk on than I initially thought... it really doesn't look all that bad and I could see it catching on. Hell, I remember the interwebz mocking the original Note (me included), the idea of phablets, and how comically ridiculous it would look to talk on one of them. I still wouldn't use one... but, those things took off in a hurry... and with the number of really shitty pictures you see flood Facebook on a daily basis, I could see this being a thing.

    • Ramsey

      The size is smaller than an S3/S4 so it will look less awkward indeed. It looks exactly the same as an S4 mini from the front, and a cool looking sleek (yet cheap) camera from the back. I kind of wish the whole silver in the back was Black like the Galaxy camera, which gives a more professional and classy look.

      • Haunter

        You mean like the regular Galaxy Camera (with the black zoom)? While that would look nice too, I think the silver meshes well with the white. If it were a pebble blue, black would definitely suit it better.

        • Ramsey

          Yes, that one. I suppose the silver with the white is less apparent when calling someone.

  • Sean Lumly

    This reminds me of the Galaxy Note. Bloggers hated its obviously *ridiculous* size, then it actually sold. This device may actually fill a need for a certain type of customer.

  • Alessandro

    As a photographer, I actually like a lot this hybrid.
    And as long the battery lasts for a whole day, it's golden for a lot of situations.

    • Ramsey

      Agreed! Let's hope they optimize the image quality before releasing it! It seems like it's almost ready to be released in July since they just posted that advertisement. I really wanted a 5 in. phone but I also wanted a great camera phone, this seems ok.

    • Herman

      You can carry multiple batteries around.
      That's a big plus to me.

      I just need to see night shots. I've got mixed feelings about the device. Looks don't matter, but I wonder about how good the camera actually is. The previous Galaxy Camera sounded better than it actually was (though it wasn't bad, it wasn't very good either).

      Too bad they couldn't put a bit more horse power in the device, or at least a 720p display. If it's a cameraphone, you'll be looking at the screen a lot. I just hope the screen won't disappoint too much either.

      • Hans Pedersen

        It says 1/2.33" in the commercial, a regular compact camera size.
        Sounds like Samsung are announcing a Galaxy Camera with an APS-C sensor, too, though.

  • Ramsey

    I liked this video, it's a bit too "romantic" but it was a nice way to advertise the camera phone (not the romantic part). It does look less awkward after seeing this. I just really hope they finalize that software with a better image quality! The camera samples I saw on the Russian website are way better than the ones on GSMarena, strange. Performance seems great, Ram is great, though I wish the GPU was Adreno 320 =(. Also, kind of sad that they're only including 8GB internal HDD with only 4-5GB usable. Anyways, no problems, SDcards are there for that. Looking forward to trying it out in person.

  • Danny Davis

    Nokia EOS FTW

  • kfestus

    Sorry, I don't speak Korean but is "Galaxy" the only word they have in their language for a cell phone? Dammit Samsung, why can't you find another name for at least some of these products? I'm getting all of these Galaxies S confused. Seriously, I have a dictionary. I can help.

    • David Becker

      It is about marketing. They market the Galaxy Name and people begin to associate it with all their phones instead of just one phone.

    • Danny Davis

      Why should they? It's a product name most consumer are familiar with for Samsung. It's not a bad thing. Do you remember any of the other marketed phones names they had?

  • WHO?

    Longest video ever. I didnt see anything special happen.

  • Spetto

    On-screen buttons at 1:44, hmm

  • http://enzo5.blogspot.sk/ Enzo

    She zooms with closed shutter?? :D

  • http://www.driftart-lfs.tk/ Ilia Giorgobiani

    Garbage with 10x Optical Zoom...
    Random situation in 2014 : Excuse me sir, could you please lend me your Camera I need to make an urgent call? Sure here is my Nikonphone

  • Magneira

    Awkward? i think someone here does not have a lot of sex.... i mean its a good show for the product with a beautiful lady with a gourgeous smile, they show what the device can do really good. you should get out of the internt a little and see some girls man... just sayin

  • Gloria Tortorella

    Best used in Milan, apparently :D