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Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom has the right camera moves

Rings

Statuesque

Full zoom

Stalker shot

Cactus

Deliciousness

Good enough to eat

More food mode

Tree berries

Close shooter

Vroom zoom

Landscape

And freeze!

Goofball

Denim

Front-facing friends

More indoors

More zoom

All hail the champ!

Hot dog

Text ready

Crisp edges

Thirsty bears

Party people

Blinded by the light

With its 10x zoom lens and easy-to-operate camera modes, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is one heck of a camera. But it also makes for the lumpiest smartphone I've ever seen.

This gallery represents some of the best photos we took using this phone. While not every shot was successful, this should give you an idea of the kind of quality you can expect. Unless otherwise specified, these photos have been taken with automatic settings. You'll find a deeper camera comparison with the Nokia Lumia 1020 here.

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The Zoom makes colors pop, especially yellow tones.
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I really liked this image, which was taken in a plaza.
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I was even more impressed by the optical zoom quality when I moved in close on the statue's loop.
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I used the full zoom to spy on this music lover.
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The Zoom has a larger depth of field, which helps keep the image more evenly in focus. However, in real life, these cacti are a lot bluer than this photo suggests.
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Food mode is a new one that punches up color to make shots of your meals extra palatable.
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Another cupcake angle, using Food mode. You can see the fat glisten in the frosting.
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I used the same food-friendly settings on this turkey cheese burger.
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Another example of the Zoom's automatic settings applied to nature.
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I got close up on this $5 bill using automatic mode (left), then turned on macro to get closer still. It's interesting that the color tone cooled on macro.
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I took this picture with full zoom from across a busy street.
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I also used to phone's optical zoom to frame this waterfront scene a little tighter.
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Lighting conditions weren't very pretty, but I did want to test the Zoom's action-freeze mode on this fountain. This is a full-resolution crop.
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I like that you can see the texture on the hat when coming in close.
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I leaned in close to take this photo of a pair of jeans. The image looked crystal clear in freeze frame, but was a little softer and less defined after processing.
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Here's a group portrait taken with the 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. Skin tones are more washed out and less rich.
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The Zoom tends to fire the flash when taking inside pictures.
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I set the focus on Kent German's face when zooming in from across a crowded room at CNET's ping pong tournament finals (really!). It took several attempts to get him in focus. The Zoom kept latching onto the figures to his left.
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The Zoom captured cell phone editor Lynn La's moment of ping pong triumph.
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I wasn't sure if I captured this moment or not until I looked in the photo gallery.
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Lettering is clear on this extensive beer menu.
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I was also happy with the detail and edge clarity on this bottle, but better low-light processing would have perhaps yielded a softer shot with less glass glare.
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The flash illuminated CNET writers in the front, but the ladies in back are much harder to see.
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The same thing happened, but to a lesser extent, to this group, and had me wishing for better low-light performance in automatic mode.
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Whether you want flash or no flash in dimly lit or indoor scenes is a matter of preference.
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