Back in 2013 we were witness to the first smartphone which really focused on being a truly amazing snapper as well as a mobile phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom.
We were all certainly pleased with the S4 Zoom, the first ever smartphone to offer an expandable zoom on the back of a flagship smartphone. And now it looks like Samsung is taking another shot at the model with the Galaxy S5 Zoom.
But what can we expect from the latest rendition of the Zoom handset? Will it be a worthwhile effort from Samsung?
Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom: Expected Specs
The S4 Zoom has had to fight off some close competition from the likes of the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Sony Xperia Z1, and this time round it looks like Samsung is fighting back with a vengeance with the S5 Zoom.
The camera itself is getting a massive improvement to kick things off, simply in order to compete with Sony’s 20.7 and Nokia’s 41 megapixel (MP) cameras.
The S4 Zoom features just a 16MP lens, and this could head as high as 25-30MP if Samsung goes all out on this snapper, dwarfing some of the competition’s handsets such as the HTC One M8.
The key 10x zoom function is a dead cert to stick around considering that it is the S4 Zoom’s main selling point, and we could see this improve further if we’re lucky, with a possible 15x zoom being discussed.
The phone’s features are getting a boost as well, with the 1.5GB RAM getting upgraded to a possible 3GB, increasing the smartphones multitasking capabilities, something that is vital when working the phone and camera in tandem.
Internal storage is set for a major increase as well, with the 8GB space from the S4 Zoom getting cast aside for a probable 32GB internal memory, with a memory card slot coming as standard, giving you a near endless amount of room for all of your holiday snaps.
We could also see an improved processor make its way onto the S5 Zoom, moving up from the dual-core 1.5GHz processor to an expected quad-core effort, increasing the general speed of the handset.
Two pieces of kit definitely staying put are the xenon flash function and the optical image stabilisation technology which are now common sights on most high-end camera phones.
Galaxy S5 Zoom: Camera Features
With the camera being the obvious feature on the S5 Zoom it’s no surprise to see Samsung show off a bunch of improved features for it.
In-call Photo Share is the first feature to see an improvement, mainly down to the upgrade in RAM, increasing the speed and responsiveness of the feature, which allows you to send images whilst in the middle of a call.
There are more shortcut features to be made available on the S5 Zoom as well, accessible by turning the front ring found on the camera’s expandable zoom.
Low-light quality is also going to get a boost, allowing for better quality snaps when the lighting isn’t the best, which is a big help when you’re altering pictures afterwards on a computer.
The Smart Mode Suggest feature is getting an all-round improvement as well compared to the software we saw on the S4 Zoom handset.
Finally, we are going to see a brand new set of locations added to the photo suggest feature, which basically tells you what you should get a picture of when visiting foreign countries. This, on top of the S Translator app we saw on the S4, makes the S5 Zoom a perfect smartphone for travellers.
When you take a look at all of these brand new specs and improved features, we can expect a real competitor on the camera phone market, possibly nudging the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Sony Xperia Z1 to the back of the pack.
The camera-lovers among us are drooling over these expected specs and features, offering a ridiculously sharp camera attached to the back of an equally powerful smartphone.