Cameras

Asus’s laser-assisted autofocus system delivers the goods


The camera department with affordable smartphones is usually the one that takes the biggest blow as a result of a lower price, and while the camera package that’s present on the ZenFone 3 Laser isn’t astonishing by any means, it’s a nice little setup that should get the job done for most folks.

Asus didn’t adopt the dual-camera trend with the ZenFone 3 Laser, and instead opted for a single 13MP sensor of the back along with an 8MP front-facing one. Along with its respectable megapixel count, the primary camera on the ZenFone 3 Laser is accompanied by a (you guessed it) laser-assisted autofocus system. This is something that we usually don’t see on smartphones in this price bracket, and the snappy focus times that this addition allows for is greatly appreciated.

Image quality and video recording


Images as a whole look fine and are perfectly suitable for social media use, but there are still some downsides to be aware of. Outdoor shots with ample light can end up looking quite good, but the more you bring the lights down, the bigger of a hit your photos will take. Shooting in low-light scenarios often created for a difficult time to find a focus point and images without a lot of detail. The 1080p Full HD video recording is passable as well, but the lack of image stabilization means that your footage will look bouncy and shaky more times than not.



Multimedia

A disappointing audio setup

As previously mentioned, the display that’s found on the ZenFone 3 Laser is very bight and colorful - making it a joy to play games and watch videos on. Unfortunately, the multimedia experience as a whole is drastically hampered by the lackluster speaker performance.

The biggest downside easily has to do with the low volume output. Even when cranked up at max volume, I often found it difficult to hear the ZenFone 3 Laser while doing dishes or in the shower. And, consequently, cranking up your tunes also creates for drastic audio distortion.

On the upside, Asus still kept the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack in place, so you won’t be faced with any issues if you want to plug in your favorite pair of wired headphones.

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