In this article we’re compare two smartphones which can be considered a substitute for digital cameras. But why taking with you a smartphone and a camera, when you can have both options on a single device. Yes, the Galaxy S4 Zoom looks kind of weird, but if has a 10x optical zoom, while the Xperia Z1 can take photos underwater.

Displays and sizes

The Galaxy S4 Zoom is a medium sized phone with a 4.3inches Super AMOLED display that renders an acceptable resolution of 540x960pixels. The Sony Xperia Z1 beats the S4 Zoom at this category, because it has a 5iches TFT inches screen that supports a higher resolution of 1080x1920pixels.

Although it’s smaller, measuring 125.5×63.5×15.4mm, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is a lot heavier, weighting 208grams, but you’ll understand why if you look at its rear facing camera. The Sony Xperia Z1 is almost 40grams lighter, while its dimensions are 144x74x8.5mm.

Hardware and OS

This weird cameraphone is powered by a 1.5GHz dual core cortex A9 processor and has a Pega-Dual+XMM6262 chipset. The internal memory is of 8GB, but you can save many photos on an additional MicroSD card with which you can expand the internal storage up to 64GB.

The Xperia Z1, on the other hand, has a 2.2GHz quad core krait 400 processor, while the chipset is Qualcomm MSM8974 (Snapdragon 800). The internal memory is double – 16GB, and also expandable up to 64GB.

Both of these smartphones run on the Android Jelly Bean OS, but the Galaxy S4 Zoom has only 1.5GB of RAM, while the Xperia Z1 is equipped with 2GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom vs Sony Xperia Z1 2


If you want to buy the Galaxy S4 Zoom for its camera, then you won’t be disappointed. It has a resolution of 16MP and features such as Xenon flash, 10x optical zoom, autofocus, optical image stabilization etc. The device has also a secondary camera of 1.9MP. But if you thought that the Xperia Z1’s camera is weaker, you are wrong. It has a higher resolution of 20.7MP and features such as autofocus and LED flash. The other camera on the front is of 2MP.


The Galaxy S4 Zoom’s battery is weaker – 2330mAh and lasts 13hours if talking on 3G, or 46hours when listening to music. The Xperia Z1’s battery is non-removable and has the capacity of 3000mAh, which allows you to talk 15hours, on 3G, or to listen to music for 110hours.


The Galaxy S4 Zoom costs 328 dollars on The price of the Xperia Z1 4G, LTE variant is 450 dollars.

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