Samsung launches wacky phone-camera hybrid

Samsung Galaxy K

The South Korean today announced the offspring of their Galaxy camera and Galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy K Zoom.

Last week we revealed how smartphones will have DSLR quality cameras built-in within 18 months, well Samsung's latest attempt might well have got a jump on the market.

The Galaxy K Zoom is half camera, half smartphone, and sports a 10-times optical zoom via a retracting lens on the rear. The camera has a 20.7-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor built-in, and comes with a Xenon flash and optical image stabilisation.

Even though the K is slimmer than its predecessor, the S4 Zoom by some margin it is still twice as thick as Samsung's flagship smartphone the S5 measuring in at 20.2mm. Like the S5 though it has the same vibrant 4.8in Super AMOLED display.

Under the hood the phone-camera runs on a "Hexa-core" processor, which is a combination of a quad-core and a dual-core processor. The 2gb of RAM means it runs Androp 4.4 KitKat with relative ease, and comes LTE ready in Europe.

The Galaxy K is definitely a device for the photography nerds among us as it comes equipped with more advanced camera software than the your regular smartphone. Readily installed features include: Auto Focus/Auto Exposure Separation, next-generation Pro Suggest mode that offers 10 filter settings, a Selfie Alarm so you can snap a selfie with ease and object tracking so you can always get crisp shots of moving objects.

Samsung haven't yet announced the price tag for the K, but it will be available in the UK and Europe by the end of May. You can check out the Galaxy K in action below.