ZenFone 4 Pro: Perfect for low-light HDR


Do you ever take pictures of friends at night in the city? It can be hard getting a good shot when on the one hand it’s quite dark out, but on the other, you’re surrounded on all sides by small points of intense light, like signs and streetlights.

For these situations, the camera of the ZenFone 4 Pro is especially great at keeping detail of backlit objects in low light. This is made possible by the SuperPixel image signal processing chip. It can detect human faces in the foreground to enhance brightness without overexposing bright elements in a dark background. Normally high dynamic range (or HDR) photos struggle to maintain details in subjects much more brightly lit than their surroundings. Let’s take a look at a few photos shot on the ZenFone 4 Pro and see how they match up against the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 in this regard.

iPhone 8, ZenFone 4 Pro, and Galaxy S8 camera comparisonLet’s start with the important part of the picture: the face. Maintaining clarity and color accuracy in low-light can be challenging for a smartphone camera. As you can see in the Galaxy S8 photo, there’s a green mask to the photo that adds a sickly look to the photo subject. The iPhone 8, meanwhile, avoids this color cast, and opts instead for something warmer with fuller reds. The ZenFone 4 Pro not only finds a neutral, accurate skin tone, but it also provides greater brightness than the other two. Look at how much more detail in the hair is brought out with the improved brightness, in particular closer to the face where the hair is darker in the other two photos.

iPhone 8, ZenFone 4 Pro, and Galaxy S8 camera comparisonAnother major feature of this photo is the clock in the background. We can see some stark differences here. Often in low-light situations, a camera will increase exposure in order to brighten a photo. Though darker subjects will benefit from additional detail, anything that’s brightly lit in the photo will be overexposed. HDR technology can mitigate some of those problems. Regardless, we can see the numerals are washed out in two of the above photos. In the iPhone 8 photo, the slimmer stems of the numerals are lost. The numerals are entirely illegible in the Galaxy S8 picture. Meanwhile, the ZenFone 4 Pro shows them clearly and sharply.

We took several sets of photos, and sure enough, these results were consistent. Take a look for yourself, and pay close attention to the face to make sure it’s brightly light, and the signs to make sure they aren’t overexposed and that the colors are accurate.

As you can see, when it comes to low-light HDR photography, the ZenFone 4 Pro can stand up to competitors, even those at a significantly higher price tier. Be sure to learn more about the ZenFone 4 Pro here.