The Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom. Contributed

Phone gets up close and personal with 10x optical zoom

SAMSUNG has released a new smartphone featuring a 10x optical zoom camera aimed at serious clickers.

The company has hailed the Galaxy  S4 zoom as "the realisation of a mission to create a single device that can fulfil the role of both an amazing smartphone and a compact camera".

The phone's key feature is a 10x optical zoom camera with a 16 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), and Xenon Flash with the functionality of the popular S4 series phones.

"We believe that the Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom is the ultimate tool for people who want to use their smartphone to capture and share high quality images quickly and conveniently,"  Samsung vice president  of  telecommunications Tyler McGee said.

"It's a device that is engineered to offer flexibility and give people a wide range of capabilities in a smartphone.

"We see the Galaxy S4 zoom, with its 10x optical zoom and Androidoperating system, as a great way for people to share great high-quality photos quickly and easily."

The phone will be available in stores from next week through selected Samsung retail partners and at the Samsung Experience Stores in Melbourne and Sydney for  $699.

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