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Asus Zenfone Zoom Mobile

Asus Zenfone Zoom Phone

I am not a gadget friendly person but there are some gadgets that I cannot live without in my travels. Like my bulky DSLR which is part of my luggage on every travel of mine. I always wonder if only it could shrink in size but give the same picture clarity and features so that it would be compact and easy to carry.

Asus Zenfone Zoom Mobile

The answer lies in the world’s thinnest 3X optical Zoom, total 12X Zoom with 4GB RAM, Intel PC level performance and 13 MP camera. The best thing about this gadget is its 10P HOYA Lens. I am sure you would have guessed by now that I am referring to the Asus Zenfone Zoom phone with the best camera which comes with another important feature 4 Stops Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). It took me sometime to get used to its size as it wouldn’t fit into my jeans pocket, but having said that it sure is not a dampener as its less bulky than the regular DSLR. With a 5.5 inch display screen its easy to navigate through the mobile. With a uni body aluminium frame  and chrome accents the gadget has great looks and looks amazing with the premium leather back. With a price tag of Rs 37, 999 it is heavy on ones pocket.

Asus Zenfone Zoom specifications
Display 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080, 403ppi) IPS LCD
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Processor 64-bit 2.5GHz Quad-core Intel Atom Z3590 CPU
Graphics PowerVR G6430 GPU
RAM 4GB LPDDR3
Internal Storage 64GB eMCC Flash or 128GB eMCP Flash
External Storage microSD (up to 128GB)
Cameras 13MP rear-facing camera, 10-element Hoya 3x zoom lens
5MP front-facing camera
Software Android 5.0 with ASUS ZenUI
Battery 3000mAh non-removable Li-Polymer
Dimensions 6.26 x 3.1 x 0.47 inches
158.9 x 78.84 x 11.95mm
Weight 6.53 oz
185g
Asus Zenfone Zoom Camera

As a travel blogger one of the key factors in any trip is photography. So I payed special focus towards the camera of this mobile. I tried to use it as much as possible in different modes. Asus Zenfone Zoom camera comes with multiple photography modes to play around. For a novice as well it is of great help and guides you through the entire process of smartphone photography.

 

Asus Zenfone Zoom depth of field

Asus Zenfone Zoom depth of field

Here you can see a picture taken of a wild flower with depth of field option.

Asus Zenfone Zoom HDR

Asus Zenfone Zoom HDR

The above image was taken in the Pune University campus one evening.

Asus Zenfone Zoom_HDR

Asus Zenfone Zoom_HDR

The HDR pictures turned out decent when using this option. The colours were striking but would have loved it if the saturation was  toned down when in Auto mode.

I tried my hands on some videos as well. Here you can see a video taken of children practicing skating. This was taken in the slow motion mode, turned out pretty well.

There are some fun options to play with like the Effect mode. I took some pictures in the pencil mode I am sure it would be useful for children in their school projects. Here you can see a building in the pencil effect mode.

 

Asus Zenfone Zoom Effect Mode

Asus Zenfone Zoom Effect Mode

The Asus Zenfone Zoom is fun to play around with its camera. I loved its zoom facility with image stabilization. It would have been great to have a wide angle feature but then probably that is asking too much. The Asus Zenfone Zoom is a great phone if you find the DSLR bulky go ahead, leave your camera home and take this phone on your expeditions. You wouldn’t be disappointed.

The #ZenfoneZoom can be bought from Flipkart

Note – I was given the Asus Zenfone Zoom for a period of one week on a returnable basis for review, the opinions are my own.

 

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