The complete guide to the ASUS Camera app

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The ZenFone 3 can often be the handiest camera at any given moment.

It’s easy to snap a few quick pictures as is, but there’s a lot of depth to the camera app, and knowing what’s where will help you take better shots no matter the conditions.

The camera app can be launched by tapping the icon on the home screen icon, or swiping the camera icon from the lock screen. Once launched, there’s a camera button at the center near the bottom (assuming it’s being held upright in portrait orientation) which will take a photo with a tap. A circle will appear in the middle of the screen where the camera is focusing, and will turn green then disappear once focus is established. That point can be changed simply by tapping the screen somewhere else.

To maintain the focus distance without having autofocus find a new point, just press and hold on the screen for a moment. This will also bring up a brightness slider, since exposure control will also be locked to that point. When it’s dark or the light source is behind the subject, helpful mode toggles will pop up for low-light shooting and HDR in the bottom-left. The bottom-right shows a thumbnail of the last photo; just tap it to take a look and figure out if you need to take another, and swipe left and right to see other recently-taken pictures.

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Tapping the grid of squares in the bottom-left will provide a view of all shooting modes available. By default Auto is selected, which is good for well-rounded shooting that will adapt intelligently to ambient conditions. For those looking for full control, Manual mode features shortcuts to change shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and more. HDR mode will take a photo at multiple exposures, so everything is evenly lit, and nothing is either too dark or too blown out.

Super Resolution is great for when there’s time to set up the ZenFone for a longer shot. It takes multiple pictures and stitches them together to make a huge, detailed image. Try this one with landscapes. QR code mode lets you quickly scan 2D barcodes whereever they may show up in the world around you. Low light mode will increase brightness and light sensitivity, while night mode lowers the shutter speed for a longer exposure with more light. Depth of Field mode adds creative background blurring to a subject. Effect mode applies a range of creative filters to a photo, and it’s possible to see a live preview of the effect while shooting.

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Selfie Mode adds a timer and recognition of up to four faces for focus. Use this one for the real important selfies and the front-facing camera just won’t cut it. GIF mode puts together a burst of photos into a short animation that’s easily shareable. Panorama mode takes extra long photos, particularly great for majestic landscape shots. You can take this a step further and create a PanoSphere, which captures a full dome of imagery by stitching together multiple shots. A Miniature mode uses selective blurring, contrast, and zoom to make objects appear smaller than they are. Time Rewind helps capture fast-moving targets by including stills taken before and after the shutter has been pressed. Smart Remove detects stray objects in five photos and eliminates them, taking the best each photo has to offer and putting it all together. All Smiles mode is similar, but ensures that every recognized face is smiling between five photos.

Beautification mode brings up a range of sliders designed to help capture the perfect selfie. This mode will also pop up by default when selecting the front-facing camera by tapping the camera icon in the top-right of main window. Tapping the slider icon in the bottom-right in Beautification mode will show options for adding blush, skin softening, eye enlargement, and cheek slimming. There’s also a selfie panorama mode available for the front-facing camera, which ensures everybody can get in the shot.

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Tapping the red circle next to the camera shutter button will start shooting video. There is an optional Slow Motion mode that shows subjects moving one quarter their normal speed. Conversely, a Time Lapse mode takes a longer clip and condenses it down to a short duration.

Tapping the gear icon in the top-left will launch into the detailed camera settings. This includes tweaking exposure, ISO, white balance settings, and lots more.

Say “cheese”!

That’s all there is to the ASUS PixelMaster Camera app. Though there are plenty of different modes to consider, the core photo experience is painless and easy enough to execute at a moment’s notice. The ZenFone is great for lots more, though. Visit ZenFone.ASUS.com to find out more.