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Field Test | Sinulog 2016 through the Asus Zenfone Zoom Lens

The streets were filled with energy of excitement. Of people with painted faces eager to experience the revelry going through the mid-day. A group of performers in their shimmering blue attire dances to the beat under the bearing sun. “Viva Pit Señor!!!” they shout as they raise their hands to the sky. Their festival queen dances gracefully, arching her back incredibly far and deep while raising the Sto Niño to the sky. How she retains her smile through this is a wonder as I try to capture this moment. My DSLR takes a back seat. From my pocket, I pull out the Asus Zenfone Zoom. I like the feel of the leather at the phone’s back cover which also helps with the traction on my hands.

Candle on the wide zoom (top) and the 3x zoom detail (bottom)
Candle on the wide zoom (top) and the 3x zoom detail (bottom)

Conclusion

Based on the images I have taken, image quality, for a smartphone caliber is exceptional. The Asus Zenfone Zoom really retains plenty of detail throughout its 3X Optical zoom unlike other mobile phone zooms which simply crops the photos. Colors are quite pleasing too with a well-balance saturation. Exposure on high contrast situations can be rather off with occurrence of highlight clippings but good thing here are adjustments to compensate. On my post processing workflow, I managed to squeeze out some details from the shadows which is quite good for a smartphone quality.

I feel there is still a lot more I can do with the Asus Zenfone Zoom given more time. I wasn’t able to use the 32seconds exposure feature which I thought would be cool to use for landscapes, light trails and waterfalls. So will I leave my DSLR or mirrorless behind for this cameraphone? The details aren’t refined enough to go toe-to-toe with image quality from dedicated photographic tools yet but it is considerably better than most cameraphones in the market at the moment.

The Asus Zenfone Zoom is available in the Philippines with a suggested retail price of Php 26,995.

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100% image crop
100% image crop

Sample images

Masks and a face (f2.7, ISO 100, 1/30)
Masks and a face (f2.7, ISO 100, 1/30)
I want a balloon (f/2.7, ISO 100, 1/120)
I want a balloon (f/2.7, ISO 100, 1/120)
Masks on display
Masks on display
Peanuts macro
Peanuts macro
Sinulog jumpers
Sinulog jumpers
Candles
Candles
Night at Cebu
Night at Cebu

By Ferdz

Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.

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