Samsung Galaxy K Zoom was launched in 2014 and it’s the second hybrid between a camera and a phone that Samsung came up with, after its predecessor Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. Much slimmer and lighter than the first such gadget, the K Zoom is almost as small as a “normal” phone, but in addition it has attached to it a very decent compact camera. The phone is meant to have all the capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy S5, which is a very fast, easy to use device on itself.
Why Samsung Galaxy K Zoom?
Throughout time I had countless cameras I bought for the purpose of travelling, from compact to DSLR, Nikon Coolpix P7800, Olympus Pen, Canon EOS 350D, one of the light Sony Cybershot’s cameras – just to name the last few I can remember of. None of these worked for me for one reason or another – I either was not able to obtain the result I was expecting, the camera was too sensitive to shock or the thing that I had most difficulty with – the camera was too heavy and I ended up forgetting it on the bottom of my backpack while I was walking around whatever amazingly beautiful place snapping poor shots using my phone, not doing the place any justice.
When the Samsung K Zoom came out I was using my old Samsung S3 for photos most of the time and occasionally my Nikon P7800 (which I had bought exactly for the reason of it being lighter that a DSLR while being able to produce close to the same quality results), when I could be bothered to carry 2 devices around, out of which one was too bulky and uncomfortable to use for a full day of walking of 8 to 12 hours. So naturally I was interested in a device that could offer the best of both worlds: a good phone that I could browse the net, write blog entries, use social networks etc. together with a decent compact camera with a good zoom.
Reality vs. Expectations for Samsung Galaxy K Zoom
So after reading each and every single review on the camera/phone available on the net, after analyzing all the sample shots I could find, and finally after testing the phone in a store, I decided that was the gadget for me. After purchasing it, my expectations were met and exceeded. From the point of view of a phone, the upgrade from S3 to S5 made me very happy. Adding a camera that gave me more than decent results for both day and night conditions, macro and street photography, fast moving subjects and panoramas – I was a very happy camper.
Now the camera/phone hybrid that is the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is the only gadget I ever carry. It is slightly bigger than a phone and it probably won’t fit in jeans pockets, but that is not important to me since I generally carry it in a purse and while travelling I have hoodies and pants with oversized pockets. The fact that I am permanently carrying with me a camera (which when having 2 separate devices is left home 90% of the time) does stimulate me to take more pictures and practise this hobby on an every day basis.