Asus quite hit a pot of gold with the recent global hit handset called Zenfone 2. If it’s the fanfare that the Taiwanese outfit is up to, then it scored A+ in terms several factors. For one, the smartphone is offered in a number of variants for perspective buyers to choose from. It is primarily offered in different hardware configurations of RAM, native storage and display. Of course, we have come to know the Zenfone 2 moniker due to its beefy RAM and practical pricing, but the handset is also a legit performer in terms of mobile photography. In this article, we dig a little deeper on the phone’s camera performance and compared it with a powerful camera phone we have at hand, the Sony Xperia Z3.
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML vs Sony Xperia Z3, the camera comparison
The higher-end model of the Zenfone 2 is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera which could muster shots up to 4096 x 3072 pixels. The rear module is defined by a fast lens with f/2.0 aperture coupled with a dual-LED flash for those indoor and gloomy shots.
On the other hand, the Sony Xperia Z3 boasts the three-generation old 20.7-megapixel rear camera with up to 5248 x 3936 pixels in manual mode. However, you can also toggle it to scale down to 8-megapixel using its superior auto mode. The rear shutter is also coupled by an LED flash and ISO 12800 to make it perform better in dark environment.
The Asus Zenfone 2 has several shooting modes in its camera interface to help user optimize the camera app for whatever shooting purposes. There’s the Auto mode, Night, HDR and Panorama. The selfie mode signals the use of the 5MP front-facing camera. It’s also worth noting that the app also has a depth of field feature that basically make a “Bokeh” effect in the background.
The Xperia Z3 also have a bucket-full of features which basically up for mobile photography pros. I liked the Augmented Reality function wherein you can shoot videos and photos simultaneously.
The Asus Zenfone 2’s image quality is surprisingly good with a decent dynamic range. There’s a very accurate deal in exposure of the photos. Likewise, the colors are legit to the point that you can’t tell the difference between the Zenfone 2’s camera output over the Xperia Z3’s.
The Xperia Z3’s stills are basically good. It has very decent dynamic range and good contrast positioning. The Xperia Z3 is on the higher end of the spectrum but there’s still room for the images to be overexposed.
Details and HDR
In terms of details, the Zenfone 2’s camera might be inferior with the Xperia Z3’s but the handset’s Optimization feature patches things up.
Zenfone 2 also does a good job in HDR mode. It brings details in shadow areas far more superior than the Xperia Z3. The Z3 is quite sluggish in enabling the HDR features. Likewise, the way the Xperia Z3, in 8MP superior mode, uncovers the detail in shadows brings in too much contrast in the picture.
Panorama and Macro
One undesirable thing using the Panorama mode is the shifting of exposure. However, the Zenfone 2 camera tends to stitch a good composition. With macro shots, the Zenfone 2 is fast in focusing images in short distances. We took several macro shots and there’s a great detail in the outputs.
On the other hand, the Sony Xperia Z3 also performs well in series of test shots. Good details and composition are also achieved in both modes.
Lowlight and Selfies
Asus Zenfone 2’s front camera is one of the good performers in the market. The 5MP module makes a good companion in taking social media selfies. It may not leave you at awe but it does a pretty good job. In terms of lowlight, the LED flash and the software optimizations always come in handy. Shots are decent and good quality.
Lowlight is Xperia Z3’s ace. The ISO sensor hides a good amount of noise in the output. Front camera has a similar performance with the Asus Zenfone 2.
The Asus Zenfone 2 could take several pages off Xperia Z3’s book in terms of detail and noise cancellation. However, the 13MP camera has its own strength like the macro shots and HDR. But basically, it’s one of the better alternatives to other flagship handsets that doubles its price.