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Crazy Galaxy S4 Zoom combines phone with proper camera lens (pictures)

Half phone, half compact camera, the Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 10x optical zoom lens on the back. It could be the perfect marriage of phone and camera, but the trade-off is its bulk.

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Jason Jenkins
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has a compact camera lens on the back with a 10x optical zoom.
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The software on the phone looks like a normal Galaxy S4's, although some of the menus have been changed to make the camera functions easier to find. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
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Here you choose how much control you want over how your pictures are shot.
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When the lens is shut, the S4 Zoom feels more like a normal compact camera than a phone. That lens adds some considerable bulk.
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You control the zoom by twisting a barrel around the lens.
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A 16-megapixel, backside illuminated CMOS sensor is inside this camera/phone.
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As it's as much camera as it is phone, you get a Xenon flash, like you find on a normal compact camera.
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The lens is made by Samsung.
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There's a big Home button on the front.
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The 2,330mAh battery is removable via a slot on the side of the phone.
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The camera software has a bunch of scene modes for you to try out, including HDR, Panorama, and Night.
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That's going to be hard to put in a jeans pocket.
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This is a phone. Honestly.
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This is also a camera. Seriously.

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