Camera

ASUS is bagging on the whole dual-camera bandwagon since the grand launch back on August 17th 2017 at Taipei. I’m not surprised, since they really want to get a piece of the latest trend after all. If the ZenFone 4 was made available instantly after the launching, I think it would get a lot of attention in the market – but alas, they did not.

That aside, the ASUS ZenFone 4 comes with a hybrid lens dual-camera system – a wide-angle lens plus a prime lens, to be exact. I personally prefer a zoom lens with a prime lens like the ZenFone 3 Zoom instead.

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Learn more about the different types of dual-camera systems here.

  • Rear cameras
    • 12MP f/1.8 25mm with OIS and dual-pixel PDAF
    • 8MP 12mm wide-angle lens, no autofocus
  • Selfie camera
    • 8MP f/2.0 24mm

You can actually look at the camera lenses’ diameters and pretty much determine what type of dual-camera system that a particular smartphone has. Here’s a closeup shot of the ASUS ZenFone 4’s dual-camera lenses.

ASUS ZenFone 4 dual-camera lens system

Alright, with the specs out of the way, let’s take a look at some pictures now.

Check out the full album of all pictures taken with the ASUS ZenFone 4 over at our Flickr album here.

Rear camera prime lens

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Then there are some taken with HDR.

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For all I can say, the pictures turn out pretty spot-on in terms of white balance. When it comes to vividness of the colors, I actually quite like what the ASUS ZenFone 4 is offering here. HDR mode does bring the exposure more equal, but still looks rather natural. I personally like it.

Rear camera wide-angle lens

Now here’s the thing – wide-angle lens at the back does not have autofocus – so there are some pictures where the subjects aren’t far enough will appear blur. I find this rather frustrating, as even indoor shots with the subject at about 1.5 meters away.

For scenery shots, the ZenFone 4’s wide-angle lens is perfect. And yes, the fisheye effect is really, really prominent here.

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Selfie camera

I’m not much of a selfie person, but for all I care, the selfie does look like it has the white balance pretty on point. However, the noise level is just too much. The room that this picture is taken isn’t really that dim either.

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Camera UI

Honestly speaking, I can just take the screenshot from the ZenFone Max Plus (M1) review and use it here and most people won’t even realize the difference. Actually, they have the exact same user interface.

I’m really glad that the ASUS ZenFone 4 actually has the capability to go ISO 25 – just like the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro that we reviewed here.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Camera UI


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