Samsung S4–Smart Phone that’s a Point-and-Shoot Camera

By Matthew Bamberg / Jun 12, 2013
Hot on the heels of the iPhone 5 is the Samsung Galaxy 4, heading toward a number one finish in the sales numbers. The Samsung S4 camera reviews are pouring in.

Why? It’s the camera! At 16 MP with a 10X zoom lens, which makes the device look like a point-and-shoot, it usurps Apple’s iPhone 5 camera, crushing it to a proverbial number 2.

If you’ve shot with an iPhone and struggled to get a close-up of a a far-away object  you know that the iPhone is a poor performer, leaving that object as a spec in the frame.

Don’t let the numbers fool you though, as the one-third inch sensor size is pale in comparison with that of the least expensive dSLR. What that means is that when you look at your photo at 100 percent resolution on your computer, you’ll find the edges falling apart, making it unsuitable for many practical applications such as printing a photo taken with the camera for your living room wall.

Okay, Apple. Get your groove back. Where’s your zoom lens and more powerful sensor? Are you going to be the first company to squeeze a decent-sized sensor into a smart phone?

Hope so. 

About the author

Matthew Bamberg

Matthew Bamberg has provided photographs and written articles for various Southern California newspapers and magazines, including The Desert Sun and The Press-Enterprise. More recently, Matt has been teaching at UC Riverside while also authoring several books like the Quick and Easy Secrets book series (Cengage), Killer Photos with Your iPhone (with Kris Krug and Greg Ketchum, Cengage), the 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco (Cengage) and Digital Art Photography For Dummies (Wiley).