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Teaser for Asus ZenFone shows off dual rear cameras

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Teaser for Asus ZenFone shows off dual rear cameras
Asus posted a ten second video teasing a new Asus ZenFone. The handset, which will be introduced at CES next month, will feature dual rear cameras. The video shows the two sensors and then shows the tag line, "See what others can't see."So what capabilities will the dual rear cameras bring to the device? Right now, it is unclear although it is possible that it might allow users to change the focus on a processed picture similar to what is possible with a Lytro camera. Asus might also be planning to offer some of the same features that are available with the duo Camera on the HTC One (M8).

While Asus plans on introducing more than one model at Las Vegas, one of the new ZenFones is believed to be a 5.5-inch phablet. Additionally, Asus is said to be working on new variants of the ZenFone that do not use Intel chipsets.

While we weren't able to embed the clip, we managed to put together a slideshow consisting of photographs from the teaser. Check it out by clicking on the slideshow below.

source: Asus via AndroidCentral

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posted on 21 Dec 2014, 23:46

1. talon95 (Posts: 753; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

I surly hope this isn't a copy of what my M8 does. It's a total waste of money on a second sensor that does nothing for me. You play with it twice and realize that you can do much better with any software program and can do the same thing with any single lens camera and the Google camera app. Besides, the lenses aren't far enough apart to make it worthwhile for blur or 3D, so I hope they are doing something much different that actually improves quality rather than adding a gimmick. The M8 is an awesome phone, but there isn't a much worse camera out there.

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 01:21

4. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

its the same but its alot better because they will be using an dual 8mp + 8mp = 16 camera

HTC made a big mistake to use only 2mp + 4mp = 6 on there m8

Huawei used it in there Huawei Honor 6 and it looks amazing


HTC take notes.......

but the credit goes to HTC for using this technology first even they fail to implement

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 01:43

6. Aploine (Posts: 437; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)

After watching closely the video I think it's a 3 cameras set. One main and two assisting for the extra effects. I remembered that 18 (I think) camera array, what happened to that experiment?

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 02:43 2

9. hurrycanger (Posts: 1625; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

To me, the M8 duo camera simply does it better than what Google Camera app or whatever selective focus on the Galaxy S5 and some Nokia's app on WP can do.
On the M8, you just snap any photo with the back camera and voila, the pic will be available for refocusing later. It snaps photo quickly, just like taking a normal photo. I took a lot of photos on my M8 when I still had it and I could always go back go change the focus. Not a gimmick at all.

I've taken quite a few great photos with the M8's duo camera, and I would never have been able to take those same photos with the Google Camera apps. Moments don't just stay there waiting to me to switch to Blur or whatever it's called feature and move my hand around. They come and go.

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 09:02

15. talon95 (Posts: 753; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

I know what you mean about getting the two shots at the same time being nice, but the quality of the final picture was better on my S4 if the scene was static. As we all know ultrapixel was the biggest mistake, but selective blurring just isn't worth the extra hardware in my mind. How often do I want to blur what is already sharp (since that's all it does). It doesn't actually have multiple focal points.

I'd be more impressed with 2 separate cameras that always focused on different subjects and then joined them for greater depth of field, that wouldn't just be a software trick.

Or with HDR from two lenses that combine bright and dark shots at the same time instead of the slight ghosting we currently get. (I think this is more likely what they are doing since the lenses are so close together)

Or with higher quality images by using the slight offset and pixel interpolation to render more detail. (weren't they trying to do that with sensor shift?)

Or having a completely different sensor that didn't separate RGB and instead only luminosity without all of the filters and then combined that with the RGB sensor for improved low light performance when recombined with the color data.

Point is, there's a lot that could be done to make better images and not just add a filter effect that we hardly ever use even when we have it.

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 00:46

2. greenelektron (Posts: 537; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)

The camera software will a very important aspect of this phone. Hoping for a similar price point as the current zenfone series.

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 00:48

3. kent-gaga (Posts: 582; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

if you watch the video closely you'll see that it's the dual LED flash, not dual camera

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 01:31

5. gagakiller (banned) (Posts: 176; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)

The worst phone maker will add another garbage to the market (Samsung already did that job with perfection)

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 08:41

14. buccob (Posts: 2733; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

I dislike their low end segment... but Asus is by no means the worst phone maker... the PadFone line is excellent, specially the old Infinity models.... 2nd to none in design

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 11:20

17. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)

Actually, their ZenFone line has amazing value for money, and they have a pretty good design too, minus the huge bezels.

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 02:12

7. rjmlive (Posts: 70; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

Huawei Honor 6 Plus shows us what potential this can have.. who will be the first to 4 rear cameras.

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 02:48 1

10. hurrycanger (Posts: 1625; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

maybe the next gen Amazon Fire Phone ? xD

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 02:21 1

8. brauli-o (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Dec 2014)

Is it possible that maybe those are infrared lights for night-vision? because that would make sense with that slogan "See what others can't see"

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 02:50 1

11. hurrycanger (Posts: 1625; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

I think we can cross that out. Using flash would yield to far better pics than night-vision pics anyway.

But yeah, it does fit well with "See what others can't see".

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 09:10

16. talon95 (Posts: 753; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

Yeah, I think I agree. Why only get night vision mode with a flash that is no stronger than a regular flash when you could have had full color. That would be too much cost for a seldom to never used feature just like the M8.

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 06:14

12. Guaire (Posts: 741; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

It's not dual cam, dual led flash above single back cam also volume rockers on the back.

Power button on the top.

Also it's shape and material choice reminds me G3.

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 11:24

18. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)

They've been using that "shiny spiral" material since 2012 or earlier.

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 16:24

19. Guaire (Posts: 741; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

For clarifying my intention wasn't accusing them if it sounds like that. I mean it in a good way.

I'm eager to know their specs. Seems to me on the back there are Intel inside logo. If that's true I suppose it could have 64-bit Atom Merrifield or Moorefield. Former is less likely.

Considering Jiayu S3, it could have FHD display and 3GB RAM. Again former is less likely.

posted on 22 Dec 2014, 08:25

13. EcoCare (Posts: 443; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)

I don't care if they even add 10 cameras, as long as they ditch Intel (which is gives horrible battery life) for Qualcomm, it might sell well.

posted on 23 Dec 2014, 01:22

20. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

If it is using Intel chipset Real Sense camera might be what's on the back. Its a real game changer able to take 3D measurements in real time and some gimmick like the other phones.

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