Asus ZenFone 3 (5.5 Inch) First Sample Photos And Time-lapse Video!

If you can recall, the Asus ZenFone 3 is the talk of the town right even if it isn't officially released yet due to its outstanding design and specs to price ratio. Initially, it deserved that recognition as we are impressed with the way they improved on the ZenFone 2 in-order to came up with something this nice.
Asus ZenFone 3 (5.5 Inch) First Sample Photos And Time-lapse Video!
Good cameras on ZenFone 3?


For this article, we'll focus on one thing, the cameras of the Asus ZenFone 3 that's super improved in terms of hardware and features.

It now has a 16 MP Sony IMX298 main camera at f/2.0 complete with the modern smartphone optics features such as 6 element lens, tri-tech autofocus (laser, PDAF, and continuous AF), 4 Axis OIS (optical image stabilization) / 3 Axis EIS (electronic image stabilization) that's great for videos, and dual tone LED flash.

Rear Camera Samples

Auto HDR in daylight foggy day
Auto HDR in daylight foggy day
Normal mode which shows great color accuracy and sharpess
Normal mode which shows great color accuracy and sharpess
Dim-light, still good looking
Dim-light, still good looking
Macro in Auto HDR, shows great focus and depth
Macro in Auto HDR, shows great focus and depth
Night mode
Night mode

In front, there's an 8 MP snapper that's great for selfies and groufies due to its wide angle lens. 

Selfie Camera Samples

Normal mode in daylight
Normal mode in daylight
Beautify selfie
Beautify selfie
Groufie test (wide angle)
Groufie test (wide angle)

We haven't fully explored the 1080p w/ OIS / EIS and 4K without OIS video capability of the ZenFone 3 yet so here's a sample time-lapse first. It took us 15 mins to produce a 30 second time-lapse shot.

Video Sample


As of the moment

I'm in love with the photos captured by the ZenFone 3. It has a very different color tone coming from the ZenFone 2 that's now more balanced and sharper. It's still punchy and vibrant looking which also reminds me of the modern flagship smartphone cameras.

Initially, even when compared against the OnePlus 3 with the same main camera sensor, we like the implementation of Asus a little better than that flagship. As a matter of fact, its color even reminds me of the Samsung Galaxy S6, that's something remarkable for a midrange phone.

Watch out for our full review soon where we will briefly compare its camera with several high-end flagships we have like the Note 7, Huawei P9 Plus, and Nexus 6P. We'll also showcase there its 4K full video recording prowess.

Stay tuned!
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