Ah, the camera. It is the one thing that ASUS focused dearly in the ZenFone 4 family.
I honestly don’t think the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s camera is as good as I expected. The selfie camera is noisy, and the rear-camera is just… a downgrade from the ZenFone 3. Seriously, the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro doesn’t have ASUS’s signature TriTech AF and OIS!
Let’s run through its camera specs. We also have a list of specs here of all the other smartphones within the ZenFone 4 family, by the way.
- Dual-front facing camera
- 24MP (2*12MP) Sony IMX362 sensor for DuoPixel sensor technology with f/1.8 aperture and 83° angle lens
- 5MP f/1.8 Omnivision 5670 sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 120° wide angle lens
- 16MP Sony IMX351 sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 80° angle lens
- Phase-detection autofocus technology
We went over to somewhere near Taipei 101 and then to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall entry gate for a short photography session. In the next morning, we went to the Grand Hotel for another quick photography session. It was indeed an impromptu session, but thanks to this guide here, we’re ready!
Let’s take a deep look at both the selfie and rear-facing cameras.
Specifically for the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, it’s using what I call the hybrid lens dual-camera system, as we’ve explained it here. Instead of using the hybrid lens dual-camera system for the rear camera, ASUS is implementing it for selfies.
Huge shoutout to ASUS Malaysia for this trip and to my friends for taking pics with us!
These selfies/wefies were taken with the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro at Taiwan (most of it), and prior to the software update that we got after we came back from Taiwan. Most of these are impromptu shots when we’re learning about the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, too.
To be fair, many of the night selfies were taken in pitch black dark conditions. Noise is expected.
This image is taken with the built-in GIF mode and sped to to the max.
I’m quite disappointed as both selfie cameras do not have autofocusing given that the original ZenFone Selfie from two years back that I loved a lot actually has an autofocusing selfie camera. Noise levels are pretty high, too.
Right – there’s one more feature that I want to highlight – the wide-angle selfie. These two pictures were taken in succession, but one with the normal lens and another one with the wide angle lens. You can see how much more things we can see through that wider angle!
This time around, I went to the trip well-prepared. I did take my Nikon D7000 with me, but I ended up not using it at all. I wanted to test what the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is really capable of in taking pics other than selfies.
When we’re at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, most of the lights were switched off. Well, no matter. Since we do know how manual mode works, we just switched over to Pro Mode and cranked the ISO all the way to its lowest value.
To my surprise, its lowest ISO is at 25. Twenty-five. That’s really low. Shutter speed? Well, it can go for as long as 32 seconds or as short as 1/10000 of a second!
I took a few shots of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, National Concert Hall, and the National Theater with the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro in Pro Mode while mounted on a gorilla pod.
Pictures actually look fairly decent, with sharp details and very little noise thanks to ISO 25. Other than that, we’re pretty much on full auto point-and-shoot mode. Take a look at the pictures below.
These pictures are straight out from the camera, so there’s no realignment or straightening of picture too.
Overall, I’d say that the rear-camera on the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is is decent – especially if a tripod is used to capture a picture with manual mode.
The camera interface has been improved quite a lot in ZenUI 4.0 in terms of the logos and icons too – which I’m really happy. Generally, ASUS is making use of those extra space around the borders of the screen.
So far, I’m liking what ASUS is doing with their camera app.