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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29 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i want this fone...note 4 go sleep.

2. android_hitman unregistered

me2 but lets see a proper camera test first.

3. oligograph

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Actually, except for the last one and the one before (focus problem), note 4 is better than ZenFone2. But Zf2 is so much cheaper ! Just look at the signs on the first image... You can't read it on Zf2. "See what others can't see"... Well it's the opposite xD

5. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

That's what I just said! But ASUS done a good job with this phone!

16. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

lol note 4 nailed this comparison see those lights is still good and well detailed on note4 while zenfone spread out (washed out) the lights. less detail it just brighter nothing special.

24. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

4. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

TBH If you see the third photo the Note 4 is the only one who displayed the ASUS word completely. But the 5th photo the Zenfone done pretty well! Well done ASUS!!

6. oligograph

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Yeah the last one with the butterfly is really great ! Clear and sharp !

7. smooth4lyfe

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Im curious to see this against the Sony Xperia Z3 when it comes to low light shots

15. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Likewise. I wonder how ISO 12,600 works. I have my Z1 and I already reached 6400 and it's awesome!

8. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

The camera does seem to do low light well. But that seems to be ALL it does. Increase the size of any of these photos and the Note 4 remains relatively crisp and clear and devoid of artifacts. The camera on the zenphone seems poor in every respect save low light

17. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

note 4 nailed this comparison see those lights is still good and well detailed on note4 while zenfone spread out (washed out) the lights. less detail it just brighter nothing special.

19. 777light777

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

The camera was only being tested in LOW LIGHT mode! Wait for normal mode comparison... :)

9. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

On these automatic settings I prefer the exposure of the Note 4. Less blown highlights. Looks like a good low cost camera though. With a slight tweak to metering it would be excellent.

10. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Ok, I like good camera on phone but I don't get it why are you obsessed with those cameras. Are you all pro photographers shooting for cover of some fancy magazine? Truth is most of those pictures you will show on your phone to people having no clue about image quality. Those pictures are for you, to remember some nice or funny moments in your life. Don't care if they are in 8, 13 or 20 mpix or that texture on some guys shirt is little grainy or out of focus. For that money Asus made a great phone. It just showed that you can make good phone for small amount of money and all those other companies are ripping us off. Oneplus tried to do same but that invitation system ruined a great idea. I would exchange my galaxy alpha any day for this phone...

11. Scarambay unregistered

Sweet Jesus! I'm stumped by the last butterfly pic. The Zenfone 2 smokes the Galaxy Note 4, and makes it look like a pic from a cheap Chinese phone. Now I'm curious about its day-light performance.

12. tdslam720

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Sensor size I would assume would be 1/2.3, but I can't find one at 13mp

13. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

impressive yeah just the best bang for the buck i wonder how asus make profit huh, it look like they spent a lot money in R&D, it beat china cheapo like xiaomi or huawei.

14. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

absolutely insane that it's only $199. Hope it makes it to the US

22. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

man I don't know if I should keep up some hope. The Zenfone 6 was $200 but when it came to the US it was priced like over $300.

18. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Seems this pixelmaster performed well. For its price, the shots are decent :)

20. Kcube989

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

The Note4's exposure is excellent, words in the light can still be read unlike on the ZF2 which blows up any light it catches, but if that is your cup of tea, turn on HDR on the note4 and get a similar, even better light exposure.

21. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

WHERE IS THE iPhone6? the title is just a troll?

23. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

video.

25. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Title: First camera samples with ZenFone 2 vs Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus mark it as a low-light star vs Camera Samples: First camera samples with Asus ZenFone 2 vs Note 4 vs One (M8) Misleading...

26. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

why does the title say iP6+ when it's OneM8?

27. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Amazing! Phonearena has just discovered that a 1/4s @ISO1600 exposure has half the noise of a 1/9s @ISO3200. :O I could have told you that 10 years ago, but perhaps it's best to contact National Geographic and run an article on that. Seriousy...

29. psychok9

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

If it is so simple, why other brands don't permit to change shutter speed, iso, ecc in freedom?

28. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

This reminds me of the ATT displays for the 1020, having a box with no light and the phone with no flash picking up the objects.

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