Categories
Mobile Photography

Hands-on | Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Shoots the PyroMusical Olympics

It’s the age of dual-lens cameras on smartphones and there’s a good reason behind it. Much like our eyes, dual-lens delivers better autofocus, bokeh, sharper details and clarity. Photography-focused smartphones have already arrived from several manufacturers and Asus won’t be left behind. Their Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom is their 12MP dual-lens cameraphone with more than enough shooting power coming from its high capacity 5,000mAh battery. I had the chance to use the ZenFone 3 Zoom last week to shoot the final day of the PyroMusical Olympics. I thought it was an opportunity to test out the capabilities of the Dual-lens especially on low-light. See below out of the camera photo and video samples.

Categories
Mobile Photography Technology

Field Test | ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 Camera and Video Sample Gallery

As a travel photographer, I’m more inclined to smartphones with exceptional camera and lasting battery life. The new iteration of Asus max series of phones, the Zenfone 3 Max 5.5 (ZC553KL) seems to be going to that direction. I had the first generation Zenfone Max and to compare, the new ZC553KL looks thinner and sleeker. The improved design incorporates a new 16MP F/2.0 rear camera, Android 6 Nougat with ZenUI 3 and 4,100 mAh battery. Let’s find out on how it fares on real world use as I take the ZC553KL with me on my recent travels. This first of a two-part review of the Zenfone 3 Max 5.5 (ZC553KL) tackles on the camera performance. The images used here are straight out-of-the-camera and the only processing done was the watermarking and resizing.

Categories
Mobile Photography Tips

Asus ZenFone 3 Laser Smartphone vs DSLR on Astrophotography

The realm of digital astrophotography used to be exclusive to large-sensor interchangeable lens cameras. But it seems that with the advancement of mobile imaging, smartphones are quickly narrowing the gap. Recently, Asus Philippines invited a few media influencers from tech, lifestyle, photography and travel to try out their new ZenFone 3 line of smartphones. And I must give them credit for choosing Batanes as the destination. There’s no better place to try astrophotography as the province has little light pollution in addition to the stunning landscape. I was handed a ZenFone 3 Laser to play around with during our photo tour and one of our challenges was to capture a galaxy or the night sky. I thought it was a good way for me to assess how far mobile camera imaging has gone by pitting it with the quality of my own DSLR, the Nikon D7100.

Categories
Mobile Technology

Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL Review: A 48 hour Battery Life Field Test

There is a demand for enduring battery life for our mobile devices particularly smartphones. As a traveler who’s usually on the go, there isn’t always a chance to charge our smartphones especially in transit. Asus Philippines gave us a chance to try out their latest battery power behemoth, the Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL. The Asus Zenfone Max boast a 5,000mAh lithium-polymer battery boasting a 38-day standby time. While I haven’t full tested its standby time, I had the Asus Zenfone Max gone through the demands of travel on a festival weekend in Cebu.

Categories
Mobile Technology

Field Test | Huawei Honor 6: Honorable yet Affordable

It’s been more than a month since my unboxing of the Huawei Honor 6 smartphone. Since then, a lot has happened from the company. They have recently announced its bigger brother Honor 6+ and its little brother Honor 4C. Even if Honor 6 came out in the Philippines late last year, it is still one of the compelling offers on the mid-priced sub–15,000 smartphone. In Lazada, it has also slashed some price since the release of their new smartphones to be more competitive. I’ve had the phone for more than three months now and I could say I have full tested the phone during my travels in Palawan, Cebu, Negros and Masbate. Here’s my take on the Honor 6 smartphone.

Categories
Mobile Technology

Unboxed | Huawei Honor 6 and Initial Impressions

I’ve been long familiar with Huawei devices for quite a while now but more in line with their connectivity devices like pocket wifi, routers and usb dongles/wingles. It’s just so timely my old phone drowned and I was offered to review one of Huawei’s recent releases, the Honor 6. The Huawei Honor 6 is pretty interesting offering. At first look, people may be quick to judge that it’s a Chinese iPhone-copycat but it’s a highly capable smartphone with pretty impressive hardware in an affordable package. Let’s take a close look at the key features.