Since last few weeks, we are playing with the ASUS ZenFone Zoom. We decided to use it as our primary Android Smartphone. So here our review.
The ASUS ZenFone Zoom carries the iconic ZenFone design: rounded corners, sizeable forehead and chin, non-backlit capacitive keys. But the rear keys are no more in the rear side of the smartphone which were previously found in the ZenFone 2 and ZenFone Laser. The power and volume rocker are all on the right side. Amazingly Zenfone Zoom added physical shutter and video buttons which makes convenient to take pictures and videos with just one tap. The phone’s sides curve into your hand and the rear cover, both the Pure Black faux leather and Ceramic White variant, make and feels nice to hold.
When it comes to the display, you will be surprised by the quality of this panel. The Zenfone Zoom is fitted with a 5.5 inch capacitive IPS LCD panel. It rocks an amazing Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels which is good enough to push out 403 pixels per inch of pixel density. The viewing angles on the display are great too and with Gorilla Glass 3, its very difficult to get your screen scratched.
ASUS ZenFone Zoom running a 2.5GHz Intel Z3590 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. That, is almost as powerful as my last laptop and with the large display, this is a gamer’s delight and a great tool for photographers.
Zenfone Zoom is powered by a 64-bit 2.5GHz Intel Atom Z3590 CPU processor with 4 GB RAM and PowerVR G6430 GPU. It runs everything that we could throw at it including heavy graphics intensive games and multitasking.
It also comes with whopping 128 GB internal storage with support for expandable memory using MicroSD card. The operating system and preloaded apps takes around 5 GB of storage and rest available for the users to store data. Apart from Micro SD cards, it also supports OTG and hence you can use an external OTG USB storage.
The whole point of this phone is that it boasts a substantial imaging experience on its compact size. There’s a 5-megapixel front-facer should you find the desire to snap a quick selfie, but you’re really considering the Zoom for its 13-megapixel rear camera with 3X optical zoom.
As I said this has 3X optical zoom with a Hoya lens kit. The engineering of the camera is ingenious with the lenses placed vertically and the sensor working somewhat like a periscope. The images I got during day time were really impressive. Even the low light shots were decent. The optical zoom surely came in handy while taking shots.
PixelMaster Camera Modes include Low Light Mode, Depth of Field, Super High Resolution (52MP image output), Super HDR (400% better contrast), 32s long exposure, up to 5CM macro, and DSLR-like Manual Mode (for control of shutter speed, exposure, white balance, ISO, etc.). Dual color real tone flash brings back your skin color despite unfavorable lights during concerts and dim indoor scenes.
The phone uses a laser system to auto-focus instead of traditional contrast detection, which is what most cameras do. It is pretty simple. Our traditional systems detect the difference in contrast at various focal points and find the best focus. But the ZenFone zoom uses the good old laser system—it emits a tiny infrared laser, which bounces off the subject and back towards the camera, where a sensor registers it. By calculating the time it takes to bounce off the subject, the camera is able to figure out the distance the subject is from the lens and is able to focus straight on the subject.
Overall, the ASUS ZenFone Zoom is a phone with a camera with almost as many features as a DSLR. Since the sensor is small, the quality is short of a pro camera, but considering most of the photography that we do today ends up in social media, it is more than enough for that. A must have for street photographers.
If, like me, your phone has to be your always-with-you-camera and if you find yourself wanting to add zoom into many daily shots, to get up ‘closer’ with your subjects, then this is definitely worth considering.