Asus wows shutterbugs with the ZenFone Zoom, the thinnest 3X optical zoom handset

Asus wows shutterbugs with the ZenFone Zoom, the thinnest 3X optical zoom handset
The outspoken ASUS CEO just got off the stage at CES, leaving us mesmerized not only with the $199 price tag of the ZenFone 2, but rather with the second handset it unveiled, or, should we say, the 13 MP mobile camera it outed, named ZenFone Zoom.

That's right, the handset is the rare bird featuring optical zoom, and it is stuffed in a fairly stealthy body at that, too. The 3x optical zoom is not in the scope of Samsung's Galaxy K zoom series, and yet is a much better compromise between the chunkiness of the K zoom, and the portability of a regular non-zoom phone. The rest of the specs include a hearty 5.5" 1080p IPS-LCD display with 400 nits of peak brightness, a 64-bit quad-core Atom processor, and a 3000 mAh battery. The selfie phenomenon is taken care of by a 5 MP wide-angle front camera.

The 13 MP PixelMaster camera on the back is not only sporting a 3x zoom 10-element lens and f/2.0 to f/4.8 aperture, but also features optical image stabilization, too. Moreover, you get laser auto-focus, similar to LG G3 and G Flex2, and a dual-color Real Tone flash tech, for a full point-and-shoot camera experience.

All that jazz is packed in a fairly compact for the awesome features body, at 158.9 x 78.84 x 11.95 mm, and with a weight of 185 grams. In addition, there are some manual adjustments for the shutterbugs out there, like exposure and shutter speed. Sounds like a great package for the $399 Asus is asking on the ZenFone Zoom, which will be released some time in Q2. Any takers?


source: ASUS

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27 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Nice. this is the way to start off CES.

2. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

prime over zoom lens!

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 837; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I want one! But probably wont work with VZW.

5. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Meee toooo! But my family would kill me if I sell my iPhone 5S

25. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

How old are you?

26. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

16, but it does not matter. :( I got the iPhone as a gift for birthday, they are telling me that iPhone is like best phone in the world and so....on the other hand, even I do not think that selling it would be ok, its a gift....:/ i hate when someone gifts me something expensive without knowing even if i like it or not. it gets me confused.

4. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

look like 1020 without xenon on the back

18. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

well, not really... this one has an optical zoom! What's more, it looks thinner.

22. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Lumia 1020 also have I'll 3x optical zoom, that round camera bump do look a bit like that of Lumia 1020 but its thinner

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

True, but a 3x optical zoom with 13mp vs a 41mp 3x digital zoom...only a comparo can figure out the winner.

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

but but a little sad its 13 and 3x, was hoping for 20 and more like 5-8x zoom. Will have to certainly pitch it against the 1020.

7. bambamboogy02

Posts: 837; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Agreed, but I guess to keep the bulk down they didn't out a fat phone. But it is not a bad starting point, and gradually enhance the features while keep the "slimness" of the device to a minimum.

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Meant to say, lovely but a little sad that its 13mp and 3x. I would have paid 500 for a little more personally...

9. surethom

Posts: 1662; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Wow finally an android phone with Xenon flash, but with the Xenon flash it would have been nice to have a 3200mAh battery. But still a fantastic looking zoom phone.

16. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This phone does not have a Xenon flash. The article states that it has "dual-color Real Tone flash tech" and the pictures confirm that it is two LED flashes and not a Xenon flash. Without a Xenon flash it definitely isn't "a full point-and-shoot camera experience". I was actually considering this phone until I realized it does not have Xenon. Sorry Asus, so close but I'll pass on this one just like I did the Nokia N86 for the same reason.

20. kotan24

Posts: 311; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It does have xenon flash I can read that on the pic around the camera lens

21. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I see that on the pic too but what I don't see is a Xenon flash on the device. There are clearly two LED flashes though. It would be nice to get a confirmation or hands on video showing the actual flash module because either the text is wrong and it shouldn't say Xenon OR the person who made the render put in two LEDs instead of a Xenon bulb OR that space below the LEDs is where the Xenon is, just in this render it is absent. Unless there is a hidden Xenon, its not pictured in the two renders.

10. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Says f2.0 on the back. And where is the xenon?

11. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

That's cool

12. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

I'm interested, what bands will it support?

13. android_hitman unregistered

jesus why so many complaints... they innovate, not like others...

14. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

I'm not particularly "wow'd" by this. At $399, there are better cameras on some of the midrange offerings. That said, as a total package, it's pretty solid.

15. tdslam720

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Name a single comparable phone camera that has optical zoom? Didn't think so

17. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

You cherry picked the only feature that really makes this compelling. My post said it's a solid package. The mere presence of optical zoom doesn't necessarily mean anything about the quality of the pictures it can/will take.

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

This is true, but it is 3x, 3x while amazing means a few things have limitations. Just as a quick comparo, on the 1020, if you zoom in, miss something because of the zoom, you can unzoom the pic later because it is not actually physically zooming in. It is doing the crop right at picture time and saving the whole unzoomed file at the same time. This is something no other optical zoom can do, for obvious physics reasons. As well, its still just 13mp. Not anything to scoff at, my dslr is like 15 i think. But in such a small form factor mp do matter. What this has going for it, that i am already waiting to preorder, is the 10 element lense on the camera. I know what 7 can do with Zeiss and 6, so super excited to see 10. However, my hang up is the screen size. I dont like toting around a note 3, and with the extra hump it will look even funnier. The 930 is about as big as i like to go for a phone. And the 1020 is a perfect fit for what it does. The idea of pulling out a even larger phone for pictures kinda puts me off. Will have to feel it and see it to make a judgement. But from experience it was one of the reasons i got rid of my note 3.

19. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Wow it looks like a Lumia.....just a copy!

24. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Samsung, sony and other android phones of 2015 should feature this slim optical zoom.

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