First camera samples with ZenFone 2 vs Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus mark it as a low-light star

First camera samples with ZenFone 2 vs Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus mark it as a low-light star
It might not be a ZenFone Zoom endeavor, but the camera at the back of the ZenFone 2 is still a pretty good deal, especially considering the phone's $199 starting price without a contract. It is a 13-megapixel unit with 5 element, f/2.0 aperture lens, complemented by a dual-color "Real Tone" LED flash. At the front, we're looking at a respectable, 5-megapixel selfie snapper with wide-angle (85-degree) lens, and an option to shoot selfie panoramas.

Asus also made it clear over and over again that its PixelMaster software is available with both cams and offers goodies such as a low light shooting mode that can supposedly snap photos that are up to 400% brighter, though the digital noise at this level will likely be pretty visible, too. We actually snapped a few photos against the Note 4 and HTC One (M8) in the dimly-lit expo rooms where the ZenFone 2 lair was situated, and found out that what Asus claims about the low-light performance holds water. 

Overall, we came up rather content with what we are seeing, again considering the price tag. Check them out for yourselves in the slideshow below, paying special attention to the picture of the butterfly, made in complete darkness, which the ZenFone 2 did with 1/4 second shutter speed, and ISO 1600, compared to the One (M8)'s 1/9 second and ISO 3200. These are the full-size untouched photos, so you might have to arm yourself with some patience while they load.



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ZenFone 2
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Intel Atom, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    ASUS Zen UI
Galaxy Note4
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    3.7 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
One (M8)
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Dual camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    HTC Sense UI

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