A lot has been said about the new ZenFone 3 Zoom smartphone, particularly about its cameras and photography capabilities.

Although ZenFone 3 Zoom is simply a smartphone with all the features users expect from a modern Android 6 device, it does offer more than most competitors in the market.

In fact, it is one of the premier smartphone photography device users will find on the market and goes a step further to offer more options for photo lovers. Perhaps the interesting bit about this phone is it the two different cameras at the rare section.

Devices with two cameras (one at the front) are popular and highly valued for selfies. However, two at the back is just a new possibility, and ZenFone 3 Zoom makes it worth everything, plus it has an additional 13MP camera at the front.

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Camera Specs

This smartphone is built for photography besides all the regular Android users. Although there are attractive features like the Qualcomm Snapdragon-625 octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, and Adreno 506 gaming GPU, it is the camera pair that delivers more distinction to this phone.

Cameras are often built to facilitate shooting in specific or a range of conditions. Powerful DSLR cameras and video recorders may have sufficient features to shoot in various conditions as they are optimized for large-scale production.

However, smartphone cameras can only shoot within a few conditions and may not perform equally well in all environments. This is why ZenFone 3 Zoom was built. Its two cameras are integrated within the processor to allow quick switching depending on what users want to achieve.

Each camera is designed to target a given range of conditions that the other will usually not perform as good.

  • Camera 1 (Prima227ry Cam)

The primary camera is for indoor photography and close quarters. It has a focal length of 25 mm and a f/1.7 lens aperture which enables users to have the shallow field depth needed for set apart subjects from the background environment.

The camera uses a 12MP sensor (Sony IMX362) with 1.4-µm pixels. This ensures there is enough light even in dimly lit spaces. With the primary camera, resolving sharpness and details in up close subjects is made simpler and more fun.

  • Camera 2 (Secondary Cam)

The second camera is for subjects that are far away, and it immediately brings them within range with a 2.3X magnifier. The amazing part is that it delivers non-distorted images to a range.

With the added digital magnification, it can zoom up to 12X. With this camera, users can take shots of subjects that would normally be out of range for any modern Android smartphone.

As aforementioned, there is an extra 13MP camera at the front section for those who love selfies. The high quality front camera is a rarity in the android world as it offers sharp top-quality shots just like the rare cams. Nonetheless, it lacks zoom although this is not quite necessary for a front camera.

ZenFone 3 Zoom Smartphone

Image And Video Stabilization Features

Three mechanisms are used to stabilize still images and maintain focus even when dealing with subjects in the motion. These mechanisms make it sure that  ZenFone 3 Zoom is ideal for smartphone photography.

Optical image stabilization is used to help users maintain focus while on the move and avoid blurring or delayed adjustment. It uses four different axes while the electronic stabilizer gives users smooth videos over three axes.

Apart from image and video stabilization, ZenFone 3 Zoom has an RGB correction to give users true colors of the subject and setting. This is an important feature especially if you have no intentions of editing the pictures or adjusting the color scheme to look more presentable.

What’s more, the photography offers some 20 different shooting modes, so there is no question of style limitation. They also have a manual mode for the pros.

Experts like to have the DSLR features under their control, and manual mode gives them the chance to set everything to precision.


ZenFone 3 Zoom will soon have an upgrade to Android 7 and expected to bring more features and capabilities. The smartphone performs well in overall.

It is very easy to use, and swipe has an ergonomic 5.5 inch AMOLED display scratch-resistant Gorilla-Glass 5. It is 7.99 mm thick and weighs around 170 grams; not heavier or thicker than most smartphones.

Its design is perfect for smartphone photographers, and users can even use it to shoot videos and scenes.

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