A phone and a mini DSLR clubbed into one?! Who can ever say no to it?! ♥
The term ‘pocket DSLR’ describes the new #ZenfoneZoom in two words! So, yes! I’ve got my hands on the Asus Zenfone Zoom – a ‘photography-centric’ mobile phone that carries an extraordinary camera, with 3X Optical zoom much needed for a blogger or just anyone who loves photography on the go! Priced at 37999 INR, it is the thinnest ever phone to introduce 3X Optical Zoom!
The phone has been recently launched in India (Last month, to be precise!) by Asus India after their successful Zenfone Selfie. (My cousin has the Zenfone Selfie and she loves it to the T! Before I could check that one, I was surprised with the ZOOM!)
When I heard about the launch and the theme ‘See the world up close!’ with the best camera phone, I honestly didn’t pay much attention to it since I’d seen several brands promising similar things earlier. But only very few managed to ever come close to their claims. Many mobile phones in the Indian market today carry good cameras but still, I was yet to find MY phone that can capture moments beautifully, decent enough to be posted on the blog (since I cannot carry my bulky DSLR – Nikon D5300 everywhere! My mom strongly believes I’d either damage it or lose it) and I guess, my search ends here! I can safely leave my house without a DSLR, of course with the Zoom for a bloggers’ event.
Now that I’ve the been using this phone for a while now, I’m sure enough to say it is one of the best camera phones ever and I’m loving it so much! It has been only few weeks and I’d already started ‘clicking’ so many photos with it. I’d definitely love to show you the sample images at the end of the post. First up, let me talk about the phone.
Note : I’m not a tech blogger and I don’t plan to become one anytime! I’m someone who’s NOT very familiar with the world of gadgets so I’m doing this review on my perspective; about what I liked the most about the phone, rather than talking about it just technically. Nevertheless, I shall try not to miss out any important detail.
The handset (I got the black one!) is safely cased in a small matte black box along with the following things – user guide, warranty card, charger & headset.
Powdered by Intel Atom Z3590 2.5GHz Quad Core and running on Android Lollipop 5.0, the phone holds a 13X MP Laser Auto Focus Rear Camera and a 5 MP Front Camera. At 12mm thickness, it is the world’s thinnest 3X optical zoom camera phone with total 12X zoom; The phone has a 4 GB Ram with Intel PC level permanence; and a decent 125 expandable storage. With OIS (4 Stops Optical Image Stabilization), dual tone LED flash and the 10 HP Hoya lens, it takes smartphone photography to the next level!
The phone is priced at Rs. 37,999 in India. It can be purchased from Flipkart here.
Asus Zoom has a metal frame body with this lovely black leather finish at the back. (No! it’s not faux. The leather is real!) The edges are curvy (read stylish!) with gleaming silver borders! The phone weighs 185 grams and sports a 5.5 inch screen which is a slightly bigger than my current android phone’s; but I had already gotten used to it. The screen size adds ease to the smartphone photography! The viewing angles are perfect, as well.
On the sides, there are these volume buttons (up and down) and the power button placed. The volume keys can also be used for the camera ‘Zoom in/Zoom’ out function – which is an added benefit. You can find the headphone slot situated on the top and the USB slot, at the bottom of the phone!
The Zoom has a circular camera fixture on the backside as to suggest it’s a phone made for smartphone photography! This makes it look more classy; and I’m honestly liking the design very much for this thing!
The touchscreen is smooth as well. At the first try, my mom loved how responsive it was! The colors are vibrant and neat! No complaints at all!
As you might guess, camera is the highlight of this phone, proudly presented by Asus India! It is a 13 Megapixels, f.2.7 to 4.8 dual flash, AF camera with hoya lens that makes this one of the top ten camera phones in the Indian market!
With so many custom options for shooting, (HDR, Low Light, Self Panorama, Super Resolution etc) one will never get bored of clicking! I prefer setting my options manually. Nevertheless, photos come out crisp with the Auto mode as well. Especially, if you’re someone who struggles with the ‘focus’, your struggle ends here. The auto focus beautifully captures every detail without a lag.
The ‘Low Light‘ option helps me click images in the dark environments; and surprisingly, the quality isn’t affected – I managed to click bright pictures inside my house at night and they’d never come out bright and noise-free with other phones I’d previously used! Check out the photo comparison below!
This photo has been clicked inside my room (dark, at night!).
A photo captured in ‘miniature’ mode!
Other than the shooting modes, there are these ‘effects’ that you can choose while clicking your pictures. Cartoon, pencil, vintage, sepia are some of the effects!
Samples Images taken with the Asus Zoom!
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My Life with the Asus Zenfone ZOOM!
(Please ignore my damp hair!)
Unless you’re a foodie, (like me!) you’ll never understand the joy of clicking food! I’d definitely recommend this Zenfone Zoom for how amazingly it captures the details of your food! I’ve been clicking my recipes non stop ever since I got this on my hand.
What else do I like about the Zenfone Zoom other than the amazing CAMERA?
- The IPS capacitive touchscreen feels smooth; it is very responsive; never lags.
- I get 5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage!
- There are inbuilt apps for all my photo/video editing needs.
- With so many options, the battery life isn’t compromised at all. I charge it for an hour and then it lasts for a good few hours.
- The leather finish provides a nice grip during the hold!
- The storage space and the screen size help me blog with it easily!
- The phone, though high in specifications isn’t bulky!
Overall, the Zenfone Zoom by Asus India is completely worth the price; From the smooth touch to the excellent camera, everything is good about it! I’d highly recommend this phone to everyone who prioritizes camera quality while buying a mobile phone! This has now become my go to phone with great photography options; one amazing (useful, too) gadget added to my blogging journey!