Asus ZenFone 3, a smartphone which is built for Photography. As you all know, over the past few years, there is a drastic transformation in the gadgets, especially mobile phones. Earlier, there were not many features available in the mobile phone and then we came up with smartphones with different sensors, cameras integrated into it. Nowadays, the smartphone is not only used for calling and messaging, it much more than that. Camera in a smartphone is a basic need for users nowadays and a lot of people look for camera smartphone with high-end specifications. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that smartphones have actually replaced other cameras to become the preferred device for photography for the larger section of the audience.
We have seen that even professional photographers with a smartphone having a good quality camera for spontaneous photography. But what constitutes a good photography smartphone? Here are a few features that explains the same.
Camera Hardware and Software Modifications
Usually, it is said that a camera smartphone with more pixels click better picture but that is not true. But, yes, a good camera smartphone is that which has a good camera in terms of pixels and a good software as well. Just like a magnificent monument is the result of the labour of an experienced architect, trained craftsmen and disciplined workers, a stunning photograph requires a good camera sensor, lens and aperture among other hardware specifications.
It is near impossible to expect a smartphone that utilizes lower-quality camera components to click an image that impresses the users. A smartphone with an innovative software can enhance the quality of images which can capture photographs that are vibrant, real and stunning always.
Asus ZenFone 3 comes with a 16MP camera with the latest Sony® IMX298 sensor, six-element Largan lens with a large f/2.0 aperture. A sapphire glass protection is there for a camera which is resistant to scratches and damage. This ensures crystal clarity in images at all times. It is equipped with ASUS-exclusive PixelMaster 3.0 that elevates the level of smartphone photography. The phone offers exclusive TriTech auto-focus technology that combines three focusing technologies:
- laser detection
- phase detection
- continuous contrast-detection auto-focus
It is used to achieve clear focus in 0.03 seconds, up to 10x faster than the blink of an eye. ZenFone 3 also has a feature to record 4K video that results in crisp, high-resolution videos.
It comes with Deep Trench Isolation technology and this technology gives the output by reducing the imaging noise while the Colour Correction Sensor detects the type of light and automatically applies the best settings to achieve the perfect balance for natural-looking colors.
You feel very bad when you are shooting a precious moment and the image that you get is a blurry image. It is not an ideal situation to be in. Here comes the role of optical image stabilization (OIS). It ensures that movements and jerks do not interfere with the sharpness of an image. After all, most extraordinary shots happen by chance and are not actually composed. For instance, capturing the first step of your baby or spotting a tiger drinking water in a sanctuary are the once-in-a-lifetime moment and no one would want it to be ruined because of a smartphone that does not offer OIS. Furthermore, we are increasingly capturing our memories in video format. Be it weddings, parties or travelogues, all of such moments are captured in extended videos which would be ruined if not for electronic image stabilization (EIS).
To ensure steady shots and blur-free memories, ZenFone 3 offers 4-axis, 4-stop OIS with 8-direction OIS compensation and 3-axis EIS with 6-direction EIS compensation.
The EIS video output of the ZenFone 3 has a maximum resolution of 4K (3840 ×2160). Owing to the phone’s high-resolution sensor, ZenFone 3 provides 4K video recording facility that offers incredible details to match the resolution of the highest resolution TVs currently in the market.
There are a number of smartphones which provided different camera modes but they are limited. A good camera-smartphone should provide multiple modes to suit various photography requirements and styles of the user. The user can easy able to make modifications to suit his or her vision for each photograph.
Some of the modes offered by ZenFone 3 include:
HDR Pro and Real Time HDR – In HDR Pro mode, the camera analyses the images and improves the contrast levels by lowering the brightness in overexposed sections, and increasing the brightness by up to 400% in underexposed parts, providing more details in the picture. However, unlike other smartphones, ZenFone 3 displays HDR photo results in real time when framing the shot resulting in increased accuracy of photographs.
Super Resolution Mode – ZenFone 3’s Super Resolution Mode allows the user to create a super-high resolution, 64MP photos. It employs special image-processing techniques to capture and combine four 16MP photos to create a single image with exceptional 4X clarity, greater detail, and less noise.
Low Light Mode – ZenFone 3’s Low Light Mode combines four adjacent pixels on its sensor to work as a single large pixel to provide greater light sensitivity. This mode, in combination with OIS helps reproduce images that are clearer and sharper than the ones shot on other smartphones.
Professional manual creative controls – Every smartphone photographer has a different interpretation of a scene and often likes to be in total control of the frame that he or she has in his or her mind. ZenFone 3’s manual controls allow the user to input custom settings for white balance, Exposure Value (EV), ISO sensitivity, shutter speed and focus, allowing for greater creative independence.
32-second slow shutter mode – ZenFone 3’s allows photos to be shot with and exposure time of up to 32 seconds. This allows the smartphone photographers to use their creativity when shooting low light or night-time photos. It is best suited to capture the light streaks of passing traffic or stationary subjects in very low light conditions without the harsh lighting of a flash.
Comprehensive Preset Modes – ZenFone 3’s camera offers multiple preset modes to enable the users to shoot in multiple situations. Some of these include special effect filters, a miniature mode that makes subjects appear like mini to
y figures, automated unwanted element removal, an automated beautification mode for human portraits as well as an automated time-lapse mode.
Panorama Mode – This allows the users to take beautiful landscape shots by simply panning the camera from one side of the landscape to another. The camera captures individual frames and glues them together to form one panoramic photo.
Depth of Field Mode – This mode increases the focus on the main object by blurring the background.
Miniature Mode – This mode makes subjects appear like toy models giving a whacky touch to the image!
Time Rewind Mode – This mode is used to shoot fast moving subjects like children or pets. The camera shoots a rapid burst of frames in sequence for up to two seconds, allowing the users to select the frame that they would want to save.
All Smiles – Quite similar to the Time rewind Mode, All Smiles mode shoots five frames allowing the user to save the best ones.
Gif Animation Mode – ZenFone 3 also allows the users to create fun gifs. Users only need to click an image and the camera compiles the photo sequence as an animated gif image.
A good photography smartphone needs to be backed by high performing technical specifications. It is important to be able to capture shots at a moment’s notice without facing any lags and hang-ups. A slow smartphone that makes one wait in between shots hinders the freedom that a photographer should enjoy.
ZenFone 3 is designed for photographers and is powered by a 64-bit, 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon™ 625 – the first 600 tier processor that uses 14nm finFET process technology making it 35% more power efficient than 28nm processors. Furthermore, PC-grade graphics combine with up to 4GB RAM to deliver an outstanding performance with improved efficiency.
Every picture clicked requires a certain amount of storage space. “Memory low” or “Please delete old data” are two of the most fearful messages for a smartphone photographer. Nobody wishes to part with their memories and why should they? A smartphone should deliver sufficient storage space to the users to be able to save their pictures, both old and new.
ZenFone 3 offers up to 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 2 TB through a micro-SD card.
A smartphone should be designed to support the user’s photography expeditions. It is generally noticed that when smartphones are packed with features, they tend to appear bulky, which is not the most ideal design element for a smartphone photographer. It should be sleek, easy to hold and feel good in the hands of the user, making it difficult for him or her to put the phone down and motivating him to explore the world through the smartphone’s camera a little more!
The ZenFone 3 range is constructed out of materials like glass and metal in a sleek packaging making it really comfortable to use. ZenFone 3 is only 7.69 mm thin and bears the aesthetics of Zen’s signature concentric-circle pattern, rendering it as beautiful as the images it captures!
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