10 top photography tips for the GALAXY S4 zoom

GALAXY S4 zoom

When you've lined up that perfect shot, the last thing you want to do is disturb it with the shutter button

6. Voice control

Buttons are so passé! And inconvenient too, when you're trying to take a professional-grade selfie. Happily, the GALAXY S4 zoom comes complete with futuristic voice control.

This means you can mount the camera on a tripod, set up your shot and step in front of the camera yourself.

All you have to do is call out "Shoot" or the more traditional "Cheese!" and the shutter will click into action. Not only does this give you more freedom, it also means you're less likely to blur the shot by moving even slightly as you reach to hit the shutter button. Plus, you'll look pretty cool.

Photo Suggest would probably tell him to turn around and get a shot of those camels

Photo Suggest would probably tell him to turn around and get a shot of those camels

7. Photo Suggest

Photo Suggest is a nifty addition to the GALAXY S4 zoom, and should prove a confidence booster to beginners. It instantly gives you access to a library of images taken by other photographers, providing inspiration and helping you to frame your shots perfectly.

Inspiration is provided based on your location, making use of the S4 zoom's GPS sensor. Photo Suggest can even live up to its name by suggesting locations nearby that could be worth a few snaps, based on what other users have experienced.

Who knows what could be lurking round that next corner? The shot of a lifetime, perhaps.

Samsung GALAXY S4

Even when fully zoomed-in, your photos will be sharp and clear thanks to OIS

8. Image stabilisation

Of course, blur shouldn't be a problem given the professional-grade image stabilisation on board the GALAXY S4 zoom. Built into the handset is an Optical Image Stabilisation system (OIS) that helps keep the camera perfectly still to help you get that perfect shot.

This will prove particularly essential when you're zoomed in 10x and every tiny breath you take has the potential to ruin your shot. If you still don't quite trust yourself, a tripod could be the answer; the GALAXY S4 zoom comes with a tripod mount – and when coupled with voice control, there should be nothing getting in the way of those perfect pin-sharp shots.

GALAXY S4 zoom

Photos too good to keep to yourself

9. Sharing

There's no point taking all these excellent pictures if no one ever gets to see them. First arrange them into an event-themed timeline to share with friends and family using Story Album.

You could then order prints of your favourites direct from the handset thanks to Samsung's partnership with Blurb, or just quickly and easily save them to your laptop or a tablet via Samsung Link.

Pros can enjoy the freedom of choosing image formats from JPEG, PNG, GIF, WBMP, BMP and AGIF, while amateurs can rest happy in the knowledge that their images are being automatically taken in the best format for them.

The GALAXY S4 zoom also comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC for wirelessly sharing photos to other phones or via email and social networks. There's no excuse for keeping them to yourself!

GALAXY S4 zoom

A powerful smartphone as well as a serious bit of camera kit

10. Apps

Because the GALAXY S4 zoom is a powerful Android 4.2 smartphone as well as a pro-grade camera, you can make use of the wealth of photography apps available.

From simple cropping to professional level image editing, you can always tweak your photos if they're not exactly as you imagined them.

For olde time fun and a social bent, try an Instagram filter and share your photos to your Instagram network.

With photos this high quality, though, you might want to try and reach a more professional community, in which case a network like Flickr might be more up your street – or to try and make some cash from your hard work using an app like GloPho, which allows you to sell them as stock images.