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Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom leaked image

With the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung introduced the first Android smartphone with an integraded point-and-shoot like zoom lens to its portfolio. Now that the Galaxy S5 has been announced, it is safe to assume that it as well will receive a ‘Zoom’ variant with a pimped-up camera feature. The S5 Zoom has indeed already been in the news lately, and now a first picture allegedly showing the device has popped up, plus some extra specs.

What we see in the picture could indeed very well be the successor to the S4 Zoom, which according to Digital Trends may not be called ‘S5 Zoom’ but rather ‘K Zoom’–for whatever reason. As is apparent from the leaked photo of the S5 Zoom, the lens has a much slimmer profile than that of the S4 Zoom. Unfortunately, the grip seems to have been removed, which means the new camera phone might not be as ergonomical as the old one.

As for the specs, the Galaxy S5 Zoom (or K Zoom) will allegedly sport a 20 megapixel sensor, a 10x optical zoom with imge stabilization, a xenon flash, a 4.8-inch 720p display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. According to this Image Sensors World report, however, the ISOCELL sensor used in the S5 Zoom will only sport 16 megapixels of resolution, but on the upside include phase detection pixels for faster autofocusing. Correction: the article by Image Sensors World is on the Samsung Galaxy S5, not the S5 Zoom. We apologize for the confusion.

It is said that the device may be announced some time in May, which means we’ll have to hold out just a bit longer until we know for certain whether the picture above shows the real thing, and what its final specs will be.

Samsung UD590 4K 28" desktop monitor

Samsung today announces the UD590 desktop monitor, sporting a 4K UHD resolution at a 28″ screen size. With its size and resolution, it is clearly aimed at those who need a lot of screen real estate. So on top of graphic designers or architects, the UD590 might also find a liking with photographers and videographers. It supports a maximum of 1 billion colors, though the press release doesn’t mention how large exactly its color gamut is.

Besides its gorgeous looks, the main argument for the UD590 is its price tag of US-$ 699.99, which makes it truly affordable for a 4K monitor. On the downside, it comes with a conventional TN panel instead of the much superior IPS panel. This is good for gaming, as the monitor has a response time of just 1 millisecond. But photographers and videographers might need higher contrast and larger viewing angles, plus high color fidelity. How good the UD590 really is or isn’t, though, can only be said when testing it in a photographic workflow.

The UD590 can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.com. Head past the break for the full specs.

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We’ve been using Samsung’s 85mm f1.4 for a very long time, and it’s tough to not fall in love with it. Exhibiting some of the best color rendition that we’ve seen, fast focusing, and superb sharpness, we don’t see how many could complain. Seriously, what more could you want from a lens?

Introduced a couple of years ago, Samsung’s offering differs from many others through controls and mainly in the rendition of its colors. And if you pair it with the right camera, it may never fail to take your breath away.

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Samyang Rokinon 12mm f2

Rumor had it that Samyang, also known as Rokinon in the US, would have something to announce today. Many speculated that the lens manufacturer would finally introduce autofocus lenses, but the truth couldn’t be further from that. Today’s main announcement is a new 12mm f2 ultra wide-angle lens for mirrorless cameras, plus some updates on older lenses. For details, head past the break.

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julius motal the phoblographer samsung 45mm -14

Enter the storm trooper. A dear friend of mine aptly pointed out that the Samsung 45mm f1.8 on the NX300 reminds her of the soldiers with terrible aim. The 45mm f1.8 joins the NX ranks as a fast prime lens, and with the NX line’s crop factor, the 35mm-equivalent field of view is nearly 70mm. What distinguishes this lens from the rest is its capacity for 3D. Sadly, I don’t own any 3D-capable devices, so I was unable to test this feature effectively. Regardless, the 45mm f1.8 made for a swell companion on the streets of New York City.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX Mini first impressions (1 of 8)ISO 1001-125 sec at f - 3.2

Samsung seems like the company that totally would try to get into the itty bitty camera game. So when we saw the new NX Mini camera that they’re announcing tonight, it really just made a lot of sense. But this isn’t your typical NX camera. In fact, it has a brand new mount under the moniker of the NX-M. With the new mount comes a smaller 1 inch sensor at the camera’s core.

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