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Asus ZenFone 3, better than many expansive digital cameras

Dale Davies |
Asus ZenFone 3 series marks the debut of the TriTech auto-focus system, where the best focal mode is automatically selected based on the environment.

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Features such as optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS), deep trench isolation, color correction sensors, super resolution images, real-time HDR, and 4K UHD videos have also been added to ZenFone 3 to offer a paradigm shift in the consumer’s perceptions towards smartphone cameras. The camera can zero in on its target in as little as 0.03 seconds. TriTech retains ZenFone 2 laser auto-focus, but also adds phase detection auto-focus.

Each phone in ZenFone 3 series has its own camera specifications (ZenFone 3 has a 16-megapixel rear camera, while ZenFone 3 Ultra and ZenFone 3 Deluxe have 23-megapixel cameras), but all of them are equipped with PixelMaster 3.0 technology. PixelMaster 3.0 allows users to take more vivid and stable photographs, and coupled with the TriTech auto-focus system, ZenFone 3 can produce high-quality images much more easily.

ZenFone 3 Deluxe and Ultra use the Sony IMX318 light sensor, while the ZenFone 3 is equipped with the Sony IMX 298. While there is a slight difference in the levels of sensitivity offered, the differences in the photos taken are generally negligible after software calibration. Both sets of sensors use deep-trench-isolation technology, which means that the color of a pixel will not leak into any other pixels as a result of interference. Consequently, the colors in the photos taken become much more precise.

Other specifications are equally impressive. For example, ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the world’s first smartphone to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor which is paired with an Adreno 530 GPU. Storage-wise, it is the world’s first phone to offer a massive 6GB of RAM combined with 256GB of UFS 2.0 memory. With ASUS PureMetal technology the company was able to integrate the antennas in such a way as to make them invisible. The result is gapless beauty and uncompromised signal quality.

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