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Samsung has just taken the wraps off the new Galaxy K Zoom camera-smartphone hybrid at its “Kapture the Moment” event in Singapore.

Like the Galaxy S4 Zoom before it, the new device features a 10x optical zoom lens on the front delivering visuals to a 20.7MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with Optical Image Stabilisation, surrounded by a stippled/perforated case that echoes the Galaxy S5 rear. There’s also a Xenon flash for proper flash photography. Flip it over, and you’ll find a decidedly more standard-looking Samsung phone face – a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display framed with Samsung’s usual speakers, home button and capacitive buttons.

The whole thing’s powered by a Samsung hexa-core Exynos chipset (although like the Galaxy S5, this might change in markets where Samsung uses Qualcomm chips for LTE connectivity), 2GB of RAM, 8GB storage (of course there’s a MicroSD slot), and Android KitKat.

No Samsung Android-powered camera/smartphone would be complete without a few camera enhancements, and Samsung’s highlighted a few of the Galaxy K Zoom’s headline features in its press release:

AF/AE Separation (Auto Focus/ Auto Exposure Separation) brings a more precise balance of light and clarity,
Pro Suggest mode offers up to 5 filter settings based on the current environment,
Selfie Alarm snaps three photos when it detects it’s pointed at your head, and
Object tracing allows the device to capture a clear, focused shot of a moving subject

Engadget seems to have been able to spend a little time with the device ahead of today’s event, and reports that image quality seems improved over the S4 Zoom, but it doesn’t seem like they’ve been able to spend a proper amount of time with it to check the results in much detail. The camera is also said to be able to shoot 1080p video at 60fps.

Full specifications below:

Network

LTE

Cat4, HSPA+ 42Mbps
LTE 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600
HSPA+ 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

3G

5-band HSPA+ 42Mbps
HSPA+ 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

Display

4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED Display (1280×720)

AP

Hexa core: 1.3GHz Quad-Core + 1.7GHz Dual-Core Processor

OS

Android 4.4 (Kitkat)

Camera

Main(Rear): 20.7 Mega pixel 1/2.3 BSI CMOS Sensor, 10x Optical Zoom, OIS,
24-240mm, F3.1-6.3
AF Assist LED
Sub(Front): 2.0 Mega pixel

ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Continuous Shot: 3fps MAX with AF
Format: JPEG, PNG, GIF, WBMP, BMP, AGIF
Xenon Flash,
SMART Mode, Expert Mode(P/M), My Mode

Video

Recording Playback: Full HD (1920×1080 /60p)
Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Audio

Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC +/eAAC+, WMA, OGG (Vorbis), FLAC
Format : MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Value-Added Features

SMART Mode(28): Auto, Pro Suggest, Program, Beauty face, Shot more, Panorama, Virtual tour, Rich tone, Night, Continuous shot, Selfie alarm, Manual, Kids shot, Landscape, Dawn, Snow, Macro, Food, Party/Indoor, Action freeze, Waterfall, Animated photo, Sound shot, Surround shot, Silhouette, Sunset, Fireworks, Light race

AF/AE Separation, Object tracking, Studio, Smile/ Blink detection

Ultra Power Saving Mode

Kids mode

S Health Lite

Google Mobile Services

Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie&TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube

Connectivity

Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, HT40,
Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE
USB: USB 2.0
NFC
A-GPS + GLONASS

Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor

Memory

RAM: 2GB
Internal Memory: 8GB
microSD slot: micro SDSC (up to 2GB guaranteed), micro SDHC (up to 32GB guaranteed), micro SDXC (up to 64GB guaranteed)

*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

137.5X70.8X16.6(20.2)mm, 200g

Battery

2,430mAh

Samsung’s history is a bit spotted when it comes to Android devices and photography. After launching the original Galaxy Camera, we saw the Galaxy S4 Zoom last year, which many assumed to be the “new” Galaxy Camera at the time. That device itself saw a rather late introduction to the local Australian market, and we’re actually yet to see the Galaxy NX “prosumer” camera here at all. There also seems to be a Galaxy NX Mini on its way, and the Galaxy Camera itself got a refresh earlier this year – it now has a form factor that seems closer to the Galaxy K Zoom.

The new Galaxy K moniker separates the phone and camera lines in the market. It appears Samsung may be trying to peg back some of the confusion it introduced last year when it attached its flagship Galaxy S4 name to the S4 Zoom. Hopefully we’ll see the product lines simplify into the K and NX lines… or perhaps even further.

Australian Release

Samsung Australia’s Craig Gillespie (Business Manager, Digital Imaging Division) is promising availability in the “coming months”:

Samsung Electronics Australia is excited to confirm that the Galaxy K zoom will be launched in Australia in the coming months.

Samsung continues to innovate to meet the wide variety of needs of today’s consumers. For many Australians, their smartphone is their primary camera. The Samsung Galaxy K zoom is our latest pioneering device, equipped with the features that a smartphone user needs to stay connected while also providing an outstanding camera.

Information regarding local pricing and retailer availability will be announced closer to the Australian on sale date for this product.

Are you interested in the Galaxy K Zoom? What features are you interested in, or what is it missing? Let us know in the comments!

Source(s): Engadget, and Samsung
  • JeniSkunk

    The real let down, with the new Galaxy K Zoom, is the low res screen.
    It really should have had a full HD screen.

    • Phil_A_Shio

      If it had a FHD you would’ve just listed something else as a “let down”.

      • JeniSkunk

        Phil, if this Samsung camera had a full HD screen, then the only problem I’d have is deciding whether to get the camera, or the HP Slate 14.

        • Mark Corlson

          Starting to think the real let down is your negativity all over Ausdroid.

          • chris

            If I say something about it I get shouted down. Jeni is an intelligent lady with great ideas and a lot to bring to a proper discussion unfortunately she always comes across as negative. In most cases if you don’t have anything good to say you shut up.

      • Sean Royce

        I don’t remember the last time I saw a positive comment from her on Ausdroid. Nothing is good enough.

        • Phil_A_Shio

          I’ve only been frequenting this site since mid-2013 but I’m starting to doubt if she ever said anything positive at all lol.

          • Sean Royce

            No product will ever be perfect. Honestly. Every device I’ve ever had has had it’s short comings. But that’s absolutely fine. I’ll still buy it. She acts as if it’s unworthy of owning or not worth buying just because it’s missing that one small thing she wants.

          • Phil_A_Shio

            Definitely, no such thing as a perfect device but most people are more than fine with a few compromises/shortcomings. There’s plenty of devices that I wouldn’t consider buying but I don’t see the point of commenting on every article announcing that its crap or that I won’t buy it.

          • Sean Royce

            Exactly. I like both the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. But I have my reasons for not purchasing them. I am by no means going to hate on them though.

      • Nikolas

        If you guys aren’t happy with what Jeni has to say then it’s quite simple. Just don’t read what Jeni has posted… Giddy up ;)

        • Sean Royce

          That means ignoring every Ausdroid article.

          • Nikolas

            There’s no need to be like that mate. Give the lady a break.

          • Sean Royce

            Get over it. This is the internet. There are no morals here.

          • Nikolas

            I’m not the one complaining about peoples posts…

          • Sean Royce

            You’re complaining about people complaining about peoples posts.

          • Nikolas

            Get over it. This is the internet.

  • Stephen Crisafulli

    Im sold, so long as the price is not Galaxy S/Iphone (it will be) :(

  • mark0Z

    This is pretty close to it. I reckon Samsung’s third attempt will be the “it” device for a real camera-phone flagship. That said, price is a very critical factor here – any more than a top end compact super zoom (~$400) and it risks being a dud. My gut’s telling me it will be $600++ RRP though. :/

  • JeniSkunk

    I don’t believe how this discussion has turned. I really don’t.

    All I did was post was on what I saw as a repeated weakness in this latest model in the Galaxy Zoom line. Too low a screen resolution.

    The Galaxy K Zoom can record video in full HD, but cannot play it back at full HD in native resolution, on the device itself, because the screen is only a 720p one.

    Outside of the screen resolution issue, the Galaxy K Zoom looks to be a really great Android device.

    • chris

      Maybe you should have said like you did here, your points are very valid. Phrasing it as “the Galaxy K Zoom looks to be a really great Android device, I would love to see it with a full HD display” is a much better less negative comment. Just a thought.