I recently went on a trip in Bagac, Bataan to chill out and spend some time with my friends. We primarily spent the whole day in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, an open-air museum filled with old houses that are rich in history. Conveniently enough, I had the ASUS Zenfone 3 around for testing, so I took it out for a spin.
I wasn’t really planning on using it as a primary camera as I have my Sony a6000 mirrorless camera with me. But then I ended up taking more photos on this smartphone than my actual camera.
Why? Sure, the Sony a6000 is still by far a superior shooter than any smartphone; but it’s in the portability and ease-of-use that makes a smartphone a convenient device to take photos with. Also, with the Zenfone 3’s camera performance, it’s really not that much of a difference.
For starters, the ASUS Zenfone 3 has a 16MP (Sony Exmor RS IMX298), with Optical Image Stabilization, and f2.0 aperture – all these translates to a well capable imaging capabilities. Colors do pop a lot, but not too much, which makes everything still look natural. Contrast is also impressive. The depth of field is just spectacular. And sharpness, as expected, is really on point. Every detail is crisp. Pictures taken at low-light scenarios are also usable, although grains and noises are quite visible. But still, it’s incredibly good for a smartphone.
Check out some of the photos we took on Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Click to enlarge) – Zenfone 3
Probably the only weakness of the camera that I have noticed is the dynamic range. Dark areas can go completely pitch black just to compensate the highlights. However, it can be easily fixed by enabling the HDR mode.
So that’s it for now. In case you missed our unboxing and first impressions, check it out here. Make sure to stay tuned for a more detailed look about the Zenfone 3 in our full review, which will be out very soon.