What’s life without a camera? Memories lost in time. And what’s life with a camera? Memories saved forever. And this where this smartphone comes handy.
In the eyes of the beholder, such is the world around us. Everything is beautiful and everything is worth keeping. And smartphones have made it easier to capture moments and share them with the world. Particularly when they come packed with innovative cameras such as Asus Zenfone Zoom.
Though, most of the phones these days have good cameras, what makes this one remarkable is that it is the thinnest smartphone with 3X optical zoom. The uniqueness lies in packing this technology in a smartphone which is normally done for DSLR cameras. With a 13 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front one, it gives good details and makes for an apt gadget for a traveller.
The phone has a sleek leather-like body with metal sides and is among the more high end phones, priced at Rs 37,999. The camera stands out at the back. It has a micro sim slot and battery can’t be removed. The good part is that despite a lot of use of the camera, the battery didn’t finish off fast.
Coming to the looks and the weight, it has a 5.5-inch FullHD IPS display with a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and 401ppi pixel density. And the phone is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4.
So now that I had the touch and feel of the phone, I thought it would be good to begin with some smartphone photography. The first thing, I did was shoot the mug on my table, and then the road behind office. In reality it’s not a pretty site, but the results I got from this can easily classify this as the phone with best camera.
Getting the hang of the lens, I walked around and found some more happy moments to experiment my smatphone photography with. Here are some samples:
Since I was simply taking pictures, I thought it’s good to do some technical research as well on what makes this camera a rival to the DSLR. The 13-megapixel rear camera has a Panasonic SmartFSI image sensor (10 HOYA lens). This supports 3X optical zoom which can be digitally extended to 12X. The Zoom has a periscope type lens, this means that all zooming in and out happens internally without the lens sticking out.
Even the volume rocker can be used to zoom in and out. There are different shooting modes too, so an amateur would have a whale of a time experimenting. Each mode catches the colours and details well.
Not to forget that it has a 64-bit, 22nm Intel Atom Super Quad-Core processor and 4 GB RAM. This makes it energy efficient and gives it a smooth flow just like a PC. It’s not just nature, people, interiors, food and other neighbourhood moments become a different experience too. It’s easily the phone with the best camera in this segment and certainly makes it worthwhile for a traveller to carry around.