Deal: £324 Samsung Galaxy Camera is a much better offering than the S4 Zoom

We were disappointed that the Galaxy S4 Zoom was closer, when it came to the hardware, to a variant of the Galaxy S2 than the S4 from whom it borrows its moniker.

Online retailer Handtec, sells the Samsung GC100 Galaxy Camera, the device which inspired the Galaxy S4 Zoom, for £324, which is much less than the rest of the competition and around a quarter less than its suggested retail price.

Unveiled last year at IFA, the GC100 Galaxy Camera was essentially a Galaxy S3 with a 16-megapixel sensor and a powerful 21x Zoom attached to the back. The fact that it now costs almost the same as the Galaxy S3 is, in itself, a feat.

Other than the camera, the other big differences are that that you can't make calls and there is no front facing camera. The rest of the specification sheet reads as follows.

A quad-core SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, LTE/5G, 1GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 4.77in Super AMOLED display with a 1,280 x 720 pixel display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, full HD video recording, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, a 1,650mAh battery, Wi-Fi and a range of features including auto back-up to the cloud.

You can check out our review of the Samsung GC100 Galaxy Camera here.