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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom: Officially announced but what’s wrong with the range topping S5?

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, the successor of the unloved Galaxy S4 Zoom has had its spec officially announced so we can all finally stop speculating, but how much do we really care about the K when its predecessor wasn’t all that?

After the unappealing S4 Zoom (which did not quite live up to its crossover expectations) we were not exactly holding our breath from the new camera phone… or phone camera, whatever it is. However it seems that it might not be too bad and may be a reasonable choice for someone who wants a Galaxy S5 with a bit more camera oomph.

The K Zoom features a 20.7 megapixel camera with a 10x optical zoom linked up to a 720p 4.8 inch display for you to view those photos on. Simon Stanford at Samsung has said ‘what most of our customers have in common though is a desire for a mobile device that has a great camera’, and although this may be true I’m not sure that most people would sacrifice the lightness and slimness of an S5 for a K Zoom.

Anyway… the main selling point of the K Zoom is its rear camera which has a 24-240mm lens, Optical Image Stabilisation, an aperture of 3.1 to 6.3, an auto focus LED (whatever that is) and the ability to shoot 3fps. It’s safe to say it is a pretty impressive camera especially when taking into account the modes and options you have to improve the pictures you are taking and the fact that you can record full HD movies (which seems a little pointless as the screen is only 720p) on the go. It does seem a shame that the K Zoom isn’t more future proof with the ability to shoot 4K video like the Galaxy S5 but for the time being the only thing 4K is doing is increasing the size of video files.

The front facing camera has not been pumped up with steroids and is only capable of 2 megapixels which will be ok for video calls but you would hope for a bit more in an era where we apparently prefer taking picture of ourselves rather than what is around us.

As a phone, the K Zoom is well equipped with a hexa-core processor consisting of a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU and 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 8GB on internal storage that can be expanded by another 32GB with a micro SDCH or 64GB with a micro SDXC. The operating system is, of course, the very capable Android Kitkat 4.4.

In essence, this phone camera seems to be more aimed at photographers rather than the general public with its rather impressive camera and zoom functionality but still functions well as a phone, but the question we keep asking ourselves is why would you want a jack of all trades when you could just buy an S5 and have a SLR as well?

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