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ASUS ZenFone 2 vs. OnePlus One (Feat. mahogany skin by dbrand)
ASUS ZenFone 2 vs. OnePlus One (Feat. mahogany skin by dbrand)

The two budget high-end phones. I’d say that both of them are really close competitors in the market – mainly in terms of the specs on paper. The price , battery, camera, and even the screen size, and many more, are very similar.

Out of those aspects, one particular highlight is camera, proven by the fact that we upload 208,300 photos every single minute to Facebook alone. But I’m not interested in

So, does ASUS really let you See What Others Can’t See? Let’s find out.

Camera specs

On paper, both ZenFone 2 and the One can take up to 13MP photos, that’s 4128 x 3096 pixels, and f/2.0 aperture. However, the ZenFone 2 opts in a 5P elements Largan lens and a Toshiba BSI high sensitivity sensor, alongside with a blue glass IR filter  The One opts for a 6-elements lens and a Sony IMX214 Exmor RS sensor.

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After that, ASUS made optimizations to the ZenFone 2 – particularly having a Super Resolution mode, and built the new and improved Pixel Master 2.0 into the phone. OnePlus One on the other hand didn’t really optimize much, and still manage to capture some great images.

Picture comparison

First off, I have to disclose my testing method. I have all the “models” for this photoshoot on the left side, and I put both smartphones on top of the ZenFone 2’s box, and focus on the “models”, then shoot the photo.

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I found out that the OnePlus One couldn’t focus as near as the ZenFone 2, so I stacked the Accenture box on top, and thus became the testing method.

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Also, a table lamp was used to illuminate the “models”. If not, no one can see anything.

All of the pictures below are taken with the ZenFone 2 (left) using Super Resolution mode, and Auto mode on the OnePlus One. Here, I’ll show off a few highlights. Others, please go to our Flickr account to view all images to your heart’s content.

Focus on the hibiscus flower
Focus on the hibiscus flower

The RM1 note showed a big difference in terms of details, the banding of the printing of the hibiscus can be seen very clearly by the ZenFone 2’s Super Resolution mode.

Focus on the eyes
Focus on the eyes

The entire photo is crisp and clear on the ZenFone 2, and can be clearly seen at the eyes. The meticulous printing of the lines that make up the eyes is pretty amazing. Yet, we use it everyday without even bothering about these details.

Have a look at the small piece of processed wood
Have a look at the small piece of processed wood

I thought of capturing the blank spots that a pencil makes, but I didn’t realized that spec of chipped off wood at the side. The ZenFone 2’s Super Resolution captured the piece of wood sharply, and can even count the number of fibers pointing out.

I also captured images of coins, other part of the notes, and a SIM card. All of them can be viewed with the full resolution images linked below.

Pros and cons

I like how the ZenFone 2 showed its superior photographic performance in terms of clarity. Having four separate 13MP pictures stitched into one super high definition 52MP picture is something that one can only dream of having – let alone to have it done by a smartphone.

The OnePlus One still takes decent photos, and I liked the colour reproduction – particularly on the white balancing. Every single photo taken by the ZenFone 2 in this setup has a very prominent blue tint. This is only a temporary problem however, as a quick update of the ASUS PixelMaster Camera through the Play Store can fix this.

Full resolution images

I’ve compared both images taken by the ASUS ZenFone 2 and the OnePlus One in a cropped and resized manner. Here’s the full resolution images taken by both phones, all for your viewing pleasure.

ASUS ZenFone 2 (download to view in full crop)
OnePlus One

Also, do your own comparison and share with us! We’d like to hear from you!


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