Who’s got the best smartphone camera around? Are you in awe of the iPhone’s imaging capabilities? Has HTC made an UltraPixel convert out of you? Or are you clinging on to your Lumia 1020 until the day arrives when anything else even starts coming close to its pixel-dense sensor? The European Imaging and Sound Association just handed out its latest batch of honors and the winner of its European Smartphone Camera 2014-2015 award might not be the first model that comes to mind, but it’s still one that seems quite deserving: the Galaxy K zoom.
“But that’s more camera than smartphone,” you protest. Well, it’s certainly not the most conventional smartphone, granted, but as we looked at in our Galaxy K zoom review from earlier this week, it’s still a very solid handset for taking pictures with, and that combination of the optical zoom and optical stabilization is hard to beat.
Sure, some of our concerns about bulkiness and battery life probably weren’t as important to the EISA crew (thinking about cameras) as they were to us (thinking about overall smartphone performance), but the point is still a valid one: if you’re looking at camera features first and smartphone features second, you can do a lot worse than the Galaxy K zoom.
Give our full review a read-through to get all of our opinions on the phone and then let us know in the comments: is this a smartphone you could see yourself using as a daily driver, or is this still far too much of a niche product to find a home in your pocket?