ZenFone series from Asus — a Taiwanese consumer electronics manufacturer, which has, recently, focused attention to Smartphones —, is indeed an impressive blend of affordability and stunning features, although the big number of devices may be a bit confusing when you want to choose one. Some devices from Asus are just incredible, because it is not possible for us to expect such a high system configuration, as per what the industry standards say. Anyhow, to satisfy the Smartphone photography freak in you, Asus has come up with a photography-centric Smartphone — Asus ZenFone 2 Laser. Available in different variants, with different combinations of RAM and in-board storage, ZenFone 2 can be your good-to-go Smartphone companion, we bet. In this post, however, we’re going to have a review of Asus ZenFone 2 Laser, focusing on capabilities of the Smartphone when it comes to Photography. First, we’ll get a briefer overview about the device and its standard specifications.
ZenFone 2 Laser — an Overview
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC, which is meant to offer a more than enough performance in day-to-day scenarios. It also comes with a 2GB DDR RAM, thus making you confident when it comes to the aspect of multitasking and all and the on-board storage of 16GB is a nice thing after all. Coming to connectivity aspect of the device, there is LTE connectivity with the standard ones like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. As in the case of build of device, you’d love the 1280*720 IPS Display that’s fixed on the 5.5-inched Smartphone and there is Corning Gorilla 4 to protect the device screen from possible damages. We skip its Camera here, since we’ve big canvas to talk about it later. By the way, to power all these hardware with ease, Asus has included a 3000mAh battery in the device that’s fair-enough to go.
Now, as that is what the Smartphone is meant for, we shall explore photography aspect of Asus ZenFone 2 Laser, in a way that you would know whether the capturing experience is worth going for.
ZenFone 2 Laser — Smartphone Photography & More
Now, we shall have a look on the hardware aspect of Asus ZenFone 2 Laser camera and then examine what Asus has done to make your shots awesome.
On the back of ZenFone 2 Laser, there’s a 13MP PixelMaster Camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and the sensor makes use of 5P Largan Lenses. When it comes to the front cam, it is a 5MP Camera with 85 Degree Wide Angle lens and an aperture of f/2.0. These are what you should know about hardware aspect of the camera you get from Asus ZenFone 2 Laser; everything else that makes your photo awesome is the superb technologies that ZenFone 2 Laser uses. And, it’s our time to check out those.
Laser Auto Focus
This is one of the features that revolutionize Asus ZenFone 2 Laser, even as a photography-centric Smartphone. This, however, is a great improvement when you want to capture light-speed shots. The laser beam from the back side of ZenFone 2 Laser is used to measure the distance between the sensor and object and the data is used to adjust focus of camera. All these are done in one third of a second that you can just capture with the best possible quality. When we approach ZenFone 2 Laser from a photographer’s point of view, Laser Auto Focus is a brilliant feature, indeed.
The Sense-Making Low-Light Mode
Asus has incorporated pixel-merging technology with the camera sensor and that is what lets you take brilliant shots even during low-light scenarios. When combined with advanced image-processing algorithms and image sensitivity that is increased up to 400%, you make sure that you get superb shots.
Manual Mode means a Small DSLR in your Hands
One of the superb features we loved in ZenFone 2 Laser is the Full Manual Mode! When you have activated it in the camera, you get complete control on various aspects of the camera, including shutter speed, ISO and lots more. It’s a matter of surety that all the photographers will love this mode, especially when combined with the superb sensor.
Super HDR Mode & Super Resolution Mode
Asus has introduced a brand-new technology to get you the best shots even when there’s stronger backlight — Asus Pixel Enhancing Technology. Dynamic range of the shot is expanded up to 400% and you can count on it when you’d like to have stunning shots with ease, despite the backlight. There is also a Super Resolution mode, in which some of the superb image processing techniques are used; using this mode, you can have 4x quality, making the camera of 52 MP in effect!
Of course, these features — accompanied by a few other such as Selfie Panorama that helps you extend the area of selfie shot and Auto Mode that reduces shutter lag like never before — make ZenFone 2 Laser an awesome choice.
There is actually a wide range of accessories that can be connected with your Asus ZenFone 2 Laser. For instance, it is possible to use a 100x-brigher flash if you wanted to shots in a darker environment. Similarly, there are protective cases from Asus as well. In short, you have the freedom to choose.
It is to be noted that ZenPower Powerbank from Asus is a superb companion to every Smartphone out there. With a capacity of 10050mAh and a size of credit card, ZenPower Powerbank will serve you quite well, so that you need not to suffer from quickly-draining batteries.
To Sum Up
When we consider all these, we think Asus ZenFone 2 Laser is a stunning device that you can confidently choose if it is necessary to have advanced camera options and useful modes. Also, the availability of accessories is a noteworthy matter. You can know about the variants of ZenFone 2 Laser here, in official Flipkart page of Asus India.
Saurabh Mukhekar is a Tech Blogger from Pune, India. He is also thinker, maker, life long learner, hybrid developer, edupreneur, mover & shaker. He’s captain planet of BlogSaays and seemingly best described in rhyme. Follow Him On Facebook