Camera comparison: ZenFone 3 Zoom vs iPhone 7 Plus
The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom and Apple iPhone 7 Plus both have 12-megapixel dual camera systems that operate in a similar way. However, that is where the similarities end. In this section we do a technical comparison between the two smartphones’ cameras using their stock camera apps.
|ZenFone 3 Zoom
||iPhone 7 Plus
|SuperPixel Main Camera||Zoom Camera||Main camera||Zoom camera|
|Focal length||25 mm||59 mm||28 mm||56 mm|
|Optical zoom||1 x||2.3 x||1 x||2.0 x|
|Digital zoom||1 x||Up to 12 x||1 x||Up to 10x|
|Pixel size||1.4 mm||1.0 mm||1.22 mm||1.0 mm|
|Focusing technologies||ASUS TriTech+ with:
Dual Pixel Phase Detection
2nd Gen Laser
Contrast (Continuous subject tracking) Detection
|Contrast Detection AF||Phase Detection||Contrast Detection AF|
|Stock camera app shooting aspect ratios||16:9 (default)
|Shooting modes||17 preset photo modes including 11 effects, 2 video modes||Two other modes: Portrait and Pano, with 8 effects|
|Manual control||White balance
Focal ranges and apertures – The iPhone 7 Plus’s dual camera system consists of a 25mm main camera and a 56mm zoom camera. In both cases, the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s cameras supersede those of the iPhone 7 Plus with a main camera that offers a wider 25mm field of view, and a zoom camera extends the focal range to a longer 59mm. This gives ZenFone 3 owners the ability to cover slightly wider landscapes and zoom in closer to distant or small subjects. For both cameras, the ZenFone 3 Zoom also offers wider apertures of f/1.7 and f/2.6 respectively, allowing more light through to the sensor.
Aspect ratios – The stock camera app of the iPhone 7 Plus limits users to shooting in either a 4:3 or 1:1 (square) aspect ratio. On the other hand the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s camera app offers users the option to shoot in a full 12-megapixel resolution, 4:3 aspect ratio or a default 8 megapixel, 16:9 rectangular aspect ratio that perfectly fits most laptop displays as well as all Full HD or 4K TVs without showing unsightly black bars at the sides. Combined with the wide angle of the main camera, the ZenFone 3 Zoom is able to shoot more natural looking 16:9 panoramic landscape photos compared to the iPhone 7 Plus.
Light sensitivity and low light shooting – The larger pixels of the ZenFone 3 Zoom, coupled with its larger apertures for both its cameras compared to the iPhone 7 Plus, make it a more accomplished low light smartphone camera.
ZenFone 3 Zoom Manual mode – Impossible on iPhone 7 plus’ stock camera app, the ZenFone 3 Zoom lets enthusiast users set their own photo settings to photograph scenes in the many ways they can be presented. Just like with a Digital SLR camera, settings including White Balance (WB), Exposure Value (EV), ISO sensitivity, Manual Focus, and even the camera lens can be manually selected. The highlight of the manual controls is the slow shutter mode that is able to create amazing looking low light scenes such as surreal-looking night landscapes or those light trails.
Summary – The iPhone 7 Plus has good camera hardware and a camera app that has been designed for general photographers to achieve good results with as little effort as possible. Overall, it succeeds in achieving this goal with its ultra-simple interface and generally good specifications. On the other hand, the superior camera and lens specifications of the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s cameras, together with its comprehensive camera app and powerful photo editing software, allows its users to match the performance of the iPhone 7 Plus. The most important aspect of the ZenFone 3 Zoom is its ability to empower users in learning the technical art of photography – so they can unleash their creativity and fully control the camera to present scenes limited only by their imagination.
The fact that the ZenFone 3 Zoom is about half the price of the iPhone 7 Plus is a bonus.
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