ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Review and Special Features: Best Camera Phone in the Philippines for 2017

Released last April 2017, the latest dual-camera smartphone from ASUS boasts of a 2.3x optical zoom, 12x digital zoom and a f/1.7 aperture. The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom review below explains this further.

Best Camera Phone PH 2017 ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom

Unboxing Photos

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Unboxing

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom inside the box

What’s inside the box of the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom?

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom USB C and audio port

The speaker, USB-C port, microphone and audio port are all located at the bottom

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom fingerprint sensor dual camera flash

Dual-camera, flash and fingerprint sensor

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom power and volume buttons

The power and volume buttons, located on the right side of the phone. Was this designed with right-handed people in mind?

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom

In front are the standard back, home and recent apps keys

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom front face view

Screen size is 5.5 inches

ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom back view

Best Camera Phone in the Philippines

For its price, this is one, if not the best, camera phone in the Philippine market. Armed with dual lens technology the picture-taking capabilities of the Zenfone 3 Zoom are so powerful.

Depth-of-field Effect and Zoom Capability

depth of field shot ampalaya - ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom

Its first camera is 12 megapixels, has an f/1.7 aperture, wide angle and powered by the patented ASUS SuperPixel technology and this feature effectively increases captured light up to 8x, letting you #capturethemoment especially in low-light situations.

evening shot ASUS Zenfone 3 ZoomASUS

The above night shot photo was taken during the Leg of the RunRio Trilogy at Okada Manila


low light shot ASUS Zenfone 3 ZoomASUS

This photo above was taken at San Fernando, La Union where we were having dinner

The second camera is also 12 megapixels but is capable of 2.3x optical zoom for high-quality zoomed in shots.

The combination of both cameras lets you capture photos with a great depth-of-field effect, similar to capturing photos is dslr cameras with a portrait prime lens. Take note! This dual-camera smartphone has support for the professional RAW file format. With its digital-zoom capability that is up to 12x, you can capture your subject from far away.

normal shot ASUS Zeonfone 3 ZoomASUS

Normal shot (no zoom)

3x zoom shot ASUS Zenfone 3 ZoomASUS

3x zoom

12x zoom shot ASUS Zenfone 3 ZoomASUS

12x zoom

Fast Auto-Focus

Of course, auto-focus comes so easy and fast with the ASUS TriTech+™ Technology – an all-new Dual Pixel PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) system utilizing a similar technology found in DSLR cameras, Subject-Tracking and Laser auto-focus for photos and videos making focusing as quick as 0.03 seconds.

Detailed Selfie

Its front camera is 13 megapixels (yes, 1 megapixel higher than the rear camera which is above the norm) and powered by the ASUS SuperPixel™ Engine which makes light sensitivity enhanced up to 2 times. It also has the Screen Flash feature for additional lighting for very low-light selfies.

low light selfie shot cropped ASUS Zenfone 3 ZoomASUS

For groufies, you can use the 140-degree panorama mode for the front camera making sure everyone fits the frame.

groufie using 140 degree panorama mode of Zenfone 3 ZoomASUS

More photos below taken at Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, La Union









High Capacity Battery

The ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom has a 5000mAh battery but is still slim and sexy despite this and you will find this very significant if you take a lot of pictures, use mobile data or WiFi for instant uploads. For sure, you won’t need to recharge right away, not even before noon, even with heavy usage from early in the morning.

According to its rated usage, typical usage will let the phone’s power last for two days and up to 42 days of standby time. You can also use the phone as a power bank to charge another device.

Powerful and Fast

Powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB memory and desktop-grade Adreno™ 506 graphics, this phone is really fast – apps and games work faster.

Full Specifications of the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom


Dimensions 154.3 x 77 x 8 mm (6.07 x 3.03 x 0.31 in)
Weight 170 g (6.00 oz)

Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches (~70.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
– Asus ZenUI 3.0

OS Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625

Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53

Adreno 506

Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 32/64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM; 3 GB RAM (USA)

Primary Dual 12 MP, (25mm, f/1.7, OIS (4-axis)& 59mm, f/2.8), laser/phase detection autofocus, 2.3x optical zoom factor, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features 1/2.5″ sensor size @ 25mm, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@24fps, 1080p@30fps
Secondary 13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, 1080p

Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– 24-bit/192kHz audio
– DTS sound enhancement

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
Radio FM radio
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Java – No
– Google Drive (100 GB cloud storage)
– Fast battery charging
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor
– Reverse charging

Non-removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery

Navy Black, Glacier Silver, Rose Gold


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