Smarfone or a Mini DSLR @ASUS ZENFONE ZOOM

AsusTeK Computer Inc., or simply ASUS, has always surprised me with their serious engineering. The brand is always in search of the Incredible. I have been using various computer hardware products by Asus for a longtime.

When I was offered to review the latest product from Asus, I was delighted to receive the latest #ZenFoneZoom. It was supposed to be a phone with an advanced camera features. But the features were telling me that it is a more of a camera and not a phone. I also used it more as a camera and not as a phone.

The very first look hooked me on to it. The very first thing I did was to write an email to the brand – telling them that I am keeping the phone after review. This didn’t happen though.

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So here I was, out on my assignments carrying my other camera gears and also the #ZenFoneZoom. I carried my DSLR for the first day – just to compare a few pics shot on both the gadgets. For the next two days I was shooting Vintage Car rally at Red Fort, India Gate at night and also a high profile restaurant, Hard Rock Café in Delhi with the #ZenFoneZoom.

I was astonished to see the results of the #ZenFoneZoom when I compared them with the ones from my DSLR. Normally with my other phone pics I used to notice lots of noises; but this was not the case with #ZenFoneZoom. The pictures were sharp, clear and of good print quality. I saw that I can use the pics from the #ZenFoneZoom for my stories, and was really delighted. Because from now on I guess while shooting in the city, I can just go with the #ZenFoneZoom and my empty hands in my pockets.

I guess I still have to try the Camera-Fone for one of my travel assignments. The battery life could be a problem while on excursions into rural areas where electricity is not available. I noticed that the battery was draining out faster when I was using the enhanced camera features on the phone. But yes, for places where I can re-charge my phone easily, this will be a very helpful gadget.

I failed to understand why they are calling it a Phone. I feel that it should be marketed as a MINI DSLR with a phone. I have been a photojournalist for last 20 plus years and travelling with heavy camera equipments have always been a nuisance. But now on, I just need to carry this 185 gms light-weight gadget and all my photography needs are fulfilled.  The design is fabulous and it feels great holding the camera in public with everyone looking at you and your camera-fone.

Just like I control my normal DSLR, I could control every aspect of my camera whether it was the aperture. ISO, white balance, exposure value, and most notably, shutter speed. I felt fully at command when I used the camera functions.  For a beginner also there is whole set of predefined modes. Along with the shooting modes, a  super-duper manual option is also available.  The camera software in the Phone also allows you to store your pictures as PhotoCollage, and MiniMovie (predefined). For a beginner  #ZenFoneZoom could easily replace any point and shoot camera available in the market.

The best external feature of the camera is definitely its dedicated shutter button, located on the lower right of the phone along with the video recording button next to it.

Coming to the Camera specifications:

Well, as far as the exterior looks go, this is definitely Asus’s most premium smartphone with machined aluminum sides and the leather rear cover. The back of the phone is dominated by the camera with a plastic circle surrounding it. It is the world’s thinnest 3X optical Zoom with a total of 12X Zoom. 

The camera specifications include a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front. The 3x optical-zoom (12X digital zoom) with optical image stabilization (OIS), dual-LED Real Tone flash, dedicated camera button, and 0.03 seconds laser auto-focus, beats even the features on most of the normal DSLRs.

The 4 Stops Optical image stabilization (OIS) feature provides a 16 times longer exposure duration to ensure the image to be stabilized, sharp and clear every time even when moving.

#ZenFoneZoom’s innovative 10-element lens is created by HOYA. Its an aspheric, molded-glass lens system, paired with dual high-precision stepper motors and arranged in an innovative periscopic arrangement to maximize incoming light and capture best possible photo quality.

The shutter speed range is 32 seconds to 1/500 second, and ISO sensitivity range is also quite significant (ISO 50 -800). Exposure value compensation of plus/minus 2 stops is also quite significant. The laser focus enables to calculate the distance from the object to the camera which in turn helps in fast autofocus.

A little about the phone now:

#ZenFoneZoom smartphone is a wonder in itself with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display. The resolution is also great:1080 pixels by 1920 pixels. Powered by 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, it has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card.

The #ZenFoneZoom runs Android 5.0 and is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery. The Asus #ZenFoneZoom is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Micro-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, FM, 4G. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope. It measures 158.90 x 78.84 x 11.95 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 185.00 grams.

#ZenFoneZoom has already been launched in India in the End of January 2016. It can be booked and purchased at flipkart at the following link.

Well, I really found Asus #ZenFoneZoom a real gem and I am sure it is one of today’s best Camera Smartphones available in the market.  Why, in top 10, I think this is the Best one avialble in the market today. I am certainly going to have one soon, what are you doing friends, Stop reading, I could go on writing an epic, but you dont wait for that, go ahead and book your #ZenFoneZoom now on

What did I hear you say, It is only for professionals or experts! No NO No, friend, your are mistaken – this certainly is a great phone with the world’s best smart phone camera even for an amateur or a beginner like you. You certainly are not going to find any other smart phone in the market with the lucrative price tag that #ZenFoneZoom has. And if you are not happy after buying and still think that this is for a pro like me, then you can always Gift it to me. I will be the happiest person to accept this gift from you.

For more insight please watch the following videos :



For reference purposes, here are a few pics shot on #ZenFoneZoom compared with the pics clicked on my Canon DSLR.

Canon DSLR                                           Asus #ZenFoneZoom




With Canon DSLR

With Asus #ZenFoneZoom



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