Smartphones with cameras that zoom

Do any smartphone cameras let you zoom in - as in properly zoom in!
The way I understand it, it's pointless zooming in with an iPhone, as you can achieve the same picture quality by zooming in on the picture after the fact. Apologies if I'm making no sense lol!

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TJ Skywasher  Sep. 2, 2014 at 10:13

You mean an optical zoom rather than a digital zoom. Not sure off the top of my head, but if a smartphone did have an optical zoom it would have a decent sized camera on the back.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 2, 2014 at 12:29

The highend Nokia Lumias (1020, 930, 1520) have lossless digital zoom. No big optical zoom lens - instead they take 2 images for every shot. A 5MP shot and a high resolution one.
You can zoom in before OR after exposure. Similarly Sony's 20MP Xperia Z models.
A proper zoom lens on a smartphone? The Samsung Galaxy Zoom or Galaxy K!

Here's an example of how to use the Lumias' zoom feature to great effect


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