We really witnessed to the arrival of amazing camera phones last year, with the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom both battling it out for the top spot.
It’s safe to say that the 1020 came out on top in that battle, but with the upcoming talk of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom circling the web, we have to wonder whether Samsung can bounce back.
What we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom
Not a lot, to put it simply. In fact the only thing we actually know about the smartphone is that it will boast a 4.8” Super AMOLED QHD display and support Android 4.4 KitKat, which comes as no surprise.
This is obviously nothing to go on for a phone that is so committed to the camera aspect, but it does mean all of our pictures should look great on the S5 Zoom’s screen at least.
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What we expect from the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom
This is where things get really interesting, whilst the S4 Zoom was a good camera, it didn’t face up well against the Lumia 1020, which really did pull out all the stops to make a phenomenal camera phone.
But the S5 Zoom is expected to be a much improved version of its predecessor, starting with the pieces of kit behind the scenes.
The previous Zoom model had only 1.5GB RAM, lagging behind the Lumia, but the S5 Zoom could feature a 2GB or even 3GB RAM, getting one back from the 1020, which packs 2GB RAM.
The internal storage options also caused a few problems for the S4 Zoom, only having 8GB space, 3GB of which couldn’t be accessed by the user because of ‘bloatware’.
Whilst a memory card slot was available, it still held the Zoom back, but that isn’t looking to be the case in 2014, with the Zoom expected to up its storage capabilities from 8GB to 32GB, equalling the Lumia 1020.
We might even see a 64GB version of the S5 Zoom as well, obviously at a slightly higher cost compared to the smaller models.
The camera is the key feature in the war between these two smartphones, and the S5 Zoom must improve the previous 16 megapixel effort to keep up with the Lumia 1020, which has a whopping 41 megapixels.
We’re not expecting the S5 Zoom to level with the Lumia here, but we do expect a 25-30 megapixel effort from Samsung here, to put it above some other phones on the market.
The likes of the Sony Xperia Z1 and Samsung’s very own Galaxy S5 boast specs above the S4 Zoom right now, and to be taken seriously as the camera phone of 2014, this will have to change.
The 10x optical zoom function is guaranteed to stay around, with it being the staple feature of the handset. As the only UK release with an optical zoom, the key advantage of the Galaxy Zoom is its ability to get closer without distorting the photo with grainy pixels. Any improvement on this will trump the Lumia 1020′s 4x digital zoom.
Other smaller specs will stay put as well, with the Xenon flash and optical image stabilisation system, which is also on the Lumia, set to stick around.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom vs Nokia Lumia 1020 Design
The design of each phone is actually pretty important, especially when it comes down to ease of use when taking pictures on the go.
Whilst the S4 Zoom focused on being able to take pictures quickly, the Lumia 1020 really combines this aspect with general ease of use, keeping its back-side relatively clear of a large lens, unlike the S5 Zoom.
That said, the S5 Zoom is expected to trim down as well in order to make the phone easier to use, still keeping the zooming lens, but also trying to cut down at the waist.
This is certainly a tricky task to say the least, with the zoom function requiring plenty of space to be used effectively, but if anyone can find a way around it, it’s Samsung.
S5 Zoom vs Lumia 1020: Final Snapshot
If everything goes right for the S5 Zoom, we could be looking at a very tight race in the camera phone competition, with other handsets limping behind.
Until we get a genuine sighting of the S5 Zoom’s specs, we can’t really make a full judgement right now, but it definitely looks like it could well challenge the Lumia 1020 on every level.
We can expect to see the Samsung device around May this year, so we shouldn’t have to wait too long. But whether Nokia will retaliate with a Lumia 1020 successor, only time will tell.
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