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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
  • CNET rating: 3.5 out of 5
  • Price: Not yet available (coming to the U.S. by the end of the year)
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The phone wars used to be waged in numbers of processors or screen size, but lately it's all been about megapixels and designer lenses. With advanced image processing and multifarious editing options, smartphones like these three are spelling the end for the pocket camera.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

The good: Advanced controls and preset modes are easy to use. Top-notch image quality, optical zoom, and a tripod mount make it the most flexible smartphone camera there is. The bad: Heavy and asymmetrical, the camera-shaped Zoom is awkward and uncomfortable to use as a phone.

Nokia Lumia 1020

The good: The Nokia Lumia 1020's camera captures extremely high-resolution images with fine detail, and puts creative controls at your fingertips. The bad: A niche device, the Lumia 1020 is $100 pricier than most high-end smartphones. The lens makes it a little bulky, and it lacks presets for common shooting scenarios.

Samsung Galaxy S4

The good: The Galaxy S4 has Android 4.2.2, a fantastic camera, a powerful quad-core processor, and software to make it work as a TV/DVR remote. The bad: Its screen is dimmer than competitors', its plastic design gives it a cheap look, and we found the Galaxy S4's power button turned on at undesirable times. Not all camera modes work as promised.