For a sub-$500 smartphone, the #ASUS ZenFone 2 is certainly one of the best value for money #smartphones launched this year. It is also the first smartphone that comes with a generous 4GB of RAM and runs on a Quad-core 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom Processor with LTE/4G connectivity. Coupled with its brushed aluminium finish, the ASUS ZenFone 2 definitely punches above its weight as far as price is concerned.
While all that tech might stoke the interests of geeks, we were more interested in the performance of the smartphone’s #camera. The ZenFone 2 comes with a 13MP rear-facing PixelMaster camera with an f/2.0 wide-aperture lens for capturing high resolution photos. We asked our (very) young tech and photo enthusiast, 4-year-old #Ashley to use the ASUS ZenFone 2 for a day to test out the camera as well as ASUS’s claims on having the “world’s best HDR mode” and “world’s best low-light mode”.
We followed her for a day to the wet market, National Day celebrations and fireworks and watched her teased the shots out of the smartphone.
During the day, we helped Ashley with the selection of the various shooting modes like Auto, HDR, and low-light mode, without going into manual adjustments to keep things simple. The images were then slightly enhanced (sharpen, contrast) with VSCOcam before posting it here. For a phone camera, the ZenFone 2 is certainly capable of producing great images with quality that is as good as some point-and-shoot cameras in the market. Right off the phone, images can appear a little soft but we feel that the colour, contrast and details are pretty impressive. Like most phone cameras, images shot in the day are a lot better. Photos shot in low-light and at night with ASUS’s f2 lens are acceptable and able to capture enough details for a decent photo, albeit a little grainy.
Ashley also commented that her fingers were partially blocking the lens of the camera on many occasions due to the size of the phone and positioning of the camera. It was something that frustrates her during the shoot due to the way she intuitively holds the phone.
We would like to thank Ashley for the tremendous effort in shooting these images. She even fell down once while trying to frame a shot but got up quickly enough to complete her shot of the chicken stall vendor at the wet market. If you’d like Ashley to have a go and at your gadgets, please send your request to [email protected] with the subject ‘For Ashley’.
PS: The ASUS ZenFone 2’s GIF mode is something we liked a lot. We sneaked a GIF of Ashley while she was attempting to take a selfie.
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