Alright, I don’t think the camera is the main focus of the ROG Phone. It has a dual rear-facing camera like many other smartphones these days, and unsurprisingly – the ROG Phone cameras are very similar to the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5z. They use the same sensors but slightly different lenses.
The cameras on the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5z is actually quite good – and since the cameras aren’t the main focus of the ROG Phone, then might as well reuse the existing technology. This can reduce the price of the phone as not much additional R&D is needed. Learn more about it here.
You can also learn more about dual-cameras in this post here.
As a refresher, these are the specs for the cameras found in the ASUS ROG Phone:
- Main camera: Sony IMX363 12MP sensor; f/1.7 26.6mm with PDAF, 4-axis OIS and EIS
- Ultra-wide camera: 8MP sensor; f/2.0 12mm fixed focus with 120° wide-angle
- Selfie camera
- 8MP sensor; f/2.0 24mm fixed focus
AI photography makes a return to the ROG Phone as well as it also has the 16 types of scenes that will be detected. So how exactly is the ROG Phone’s cameras?
With a larger aperture and some time has passed for the camera software to mature, I do realize some change from the original ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5z’s cameras.
They’re not the best when it comes to cameras, and indoor conditions – even with relatively bright light from outside – has a relatively slow shutter speed and causes blurry pictures. The same issue appears in night photography as well.
Night shots are okay to be used for social media and the pictures are just noisy and very susceptible to shaky hands.
The colors, however, are very natural and the white balance is on point in daylight, but shifts to become a little reddish at night.
The one thing I like the most about the ASUS ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5z’s cameras is the HDR mode. The ROG Phone is no different as well as its HDR mode is very well done. The difference between HDR off and on is day and night – figuratively. Take a look at the comparison below.
Then comes the secondary camera. Depending on who you ask, some people like to have a main camera + telephoto whereas another group of people likes a wide-angle camera instead. The ROG Phone comes with a wide-angle camera which is good for sceneries – also partly because the wide-angle lens doesn’t have autofocus.
The manual mode on the ROG Phone’s camera can obviously take great pictures, and we know that since we’ve already experienced the capabilities of this camera module with the ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5z.
Both the main and wide-angle camera can be used in manual mode too, in case you’re wondering.
Here’s a little bonus for content creators who wants some serious gaming on the go. I took the ASUS ROG Phone to Desa Park City and used it with the DJI Osmo Mobile 2. The footage that I obtained as looking very good as well.
The selfie camera however, is obviously nothing special. An 8MP camera without autofocus is pretty basic in the world of smartphones. The ROG Phone takes pretty okay selfies indoors, so I suppose it’s okay for social media use.
Compared to the UI that was on the ASUS ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5z, nothing has changed.
Some might realize that the “Pro” button is now replaced with Google Lens – at least by default. For me, I use the Pro mode (manual mode) a lot, and I can change it by holding the Pro mode in the list of modes menu, and automatically changed the button at the corner.
The UI is still the same as before but I do hope that ASUS did make some additional enhancements to the overall user experience. Those AirTriggers? They can be repurposed to become shutter buttons and suddenly, taking pictures with the ROG Phone becomes something more ergonomic.
You can still take RAW pictures which is hidden here, by the way. You have to first switch over to Pro mode, then head over to settings –> resolution. Then you’ll find the option to change it to take in RAW format.
The manual mode UI is still the same before, and the ISO can go as low as 25.