It’s always fun getting your hands on a new device to test, so when the team at Asus asked me to try out their new smartphone Asus Zenfone 5, I was delighted. I have been wanting a new phone in place of my aging Samsung Galaxy S4. I secretly wished that this new Asus Zenfone 5 would be something unique for me.I spent a little time on the Asus Website researching online about the Zenfone 5. I got to know the features one can expect from this phone and the very first thing I spotted and that attracted me was the camera. The Asus Zenfone 5 is a lot cheaper than many modern smartphones I can tell you. When it arrived, I didn’t have many expectations. I was only thinking it would be a simple budget phone rather than a high end model. I must confess that I am impressed with #MyAsusZenFone right from my first use as soon as I opened the box. I am not a tech blogger and I won’t be going into detail on the specifications part. You can easily get those details from many other technology related websites out there. I will be discussing the camera features, apart from everything else the Asus Zenfone 5 has to offer. I am a visual communication graduate and I am very passionate about photography. Being a blogger, I also click different images on a daily basis. Read this post to know if I would find Asus Zenfone 5 good enough to switch to. The Asus Zenfone 5 has an 8 MP rear camera and 2 MP front facing camera.
ASUS PixelMaster Camera captures all your day to day wonderful moments and memories perfectly. With ASUS Zenfone 5 at your fingertips, there’s no need to worry about fiddly options or settings to capture great photos unlike the DSLR’s. The 8-megapixel primary camera with a 5 element optical formula lens, a wide f/2.0 aperture and ASUS’ PixelMaster technology for pristine low-light imaging is the major highlight of the Asus Zenfone 5. It comes with a unique scene-detection technology that analyses your surroundings instantly, suggesting the best mode for your shot. It’s also loaded with a handful of features and modes like burst, background blur and colour filters.
The Low-light mode increases light sensitivity up to 400%. You can use this mode anytime when the surroundings is dark. Time Rewind mode captures a burst of photos before and after you press the capture button. You can pick the best photo put of all images captured. Selfie mode lets you use the high-resolution rear camera for selfie shots. It captures three photos automatically when faces are detected. You can pick that perfect photo of yours that you love. Beautification mode applies multiple enhancements automatically. You or the subject captured can look gorgeous in real time. HDR mode captures more detail from high contrast and backlit scenes. With HDR mode, the quality of the image will be boosted. Panorama mode lets you grab a wider view. Larger your surroundings, broader will be your memories. PanoSphere mode captures everything in front, above, around and behind you, for a spherical photo. Recording mode includes a simple-to-use Time Lapse feature.
Wow!! That’s really a lot for the price tag. There are many other features like Auto, Miniature, Depth of Field, Smart Remove, All Smiles and GIF Animation. You can use the Miniature mode to shoot scenes with distant subjects, such as capturing street views from the top of high buildings whereas you can use Depth of Field mode to shoot subjects at close-up distances such as a wine bottle on a table. In addition to this, there is a face detector, led flash and auto timer too. There are nine easy-to-apply creative effects in the Auto mode. The Asus Zenfone 5 also supports 1080 p video recording and playback.
Here are some of the shots clicked by me with my Asus Zenfone 5. Let’s have a look at the sample shots below:
The faraway object of the coconut tree spreading to the sky in the distance is captured well. The subject (tree) is in focus but does blur out when zoomed in. The details and color accuracy is good and the quality is decent.
Macro Close Up:
The image of the pink flower is captured at a close distance. The primary camera works in an excellent way when you shoot macros. The colours and details look great but the camera tends to oversaturate the colours at some portions of the image.
The images of the green plants are taken in daylight after rain. The images have come out sharp and clear as expected. The details and color reproduction on the flower and leaves are awesome.
The images in Zoom In mode tends to be grainy and blurred out. The images look a bit lively but the details are lacking and the colours look dull.
The auto mode copes well with most situations and adjusts itself. Images in Auto mode are nice and of good quality just like daylight.
Creative Effects: There are 9 cool effects as showcased in the images.
There is only a minute difference between images in HDR mode and Auto mode. I took the image of the blush and lip-gloss in HDR Mode. HDR mode does make a difference to the output quality.
Most smartphone cameras fail in low light or badly lit conditions. The low-light mode in Asus Zenfone 5 did a better job though the photos came out with slight noise.
My Verdict: The 8-megapixel camera does an exceptionally good job, and it is well over other competitor smartphones in the same price range. The credit goes to the new PixelMaster technology that Asus incorporate in their new Zenfone series. The ASUS Zenfone 5’s primary 8MP camera looks quite capable to shoot everything from sunset scenes and night shots to bright landscapes and puppy faces. No matter what you are capturing, ASUS Zenfone 5 Camera turns you into a professional sharp-shooter just at the touch of a button! Although I also need some photography backdrops for making my photos more beautiful. Marble Backdrops are my favorite backgrounds. I usually buy from Shopbackdrop.
The 8 GB variant of Asus Zenfone 5 can be yours for only Rs 9,999 which is an affordable price for a sleek-looking and efficient smartphone that offers cool features along with its ZenUI. You can purchase this handset online on Flipkart.
Disclosure: I was provided with an Asus Zenfone 5 for review purposes. All words and opinions are my own. All information provided here is correct at the time of publishing. You can visit Asus India Website here for more details.