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ASUS ZenFone 5 Review: Long Awaited Comeback

Both rear and front cameras does great work

Just like its predecessors, the ZF5 is equipped with two rear cameras, along with a single front camera. The dual rear cameras are composed of a 12-megapixel main shooter with an IMX363 sensor and an aperture of f/1.8. The secondary camera meanwhile is a 8-megapixel deal with a wide angle 120-degree lens.

ASUS has always hyped on the performance of the cameras in their phones, and the ZF5 thankfully delivers on the promise. The images captured by the camera looks pretty good for the price, with excellent color reproduction, sharpness and exposure. Dynamic range is sometimes wonky, but for the most part it does its job. Night shots taken with the phone are surprisingly good as well, though obviously you’re going to see a bit of noise in there, but overall it’s not so bad.

ASUS says its camera is AI-powered, and is able to sense multiple scenes and adjusts the camera settings depending on what you’re shooting. Point it at food for example, and it’ll turn on food mode which bumps contrast and exposure levels to show off whatever you’re about to munch on.

Front camera is a 8-megapixel deal with a f/2.0 aperture. If the ZF5 has a weakness, it’s certainly the front-facing camera as it’s not as good as the ones we’ve seen in similarly priced competitors. That’s not a dig at the ZF5’s selfie prowess, it’s just that competition has been extraordinarily fierce in the selfie space.

Beauty mode is sometimes too aggressive, resulting in artificial-looking selfies but the good news is that you can tone that down to your preference if you want to.

Battery is good enough for a day and fast charging is great

The ASUS ZF5 has a larger than average 3300mAh battery. From our use with the phone (PCMark battery benchmark kept crashing for some reason) we found that it had enough juice to plow through a day’s use, but barely. We routinely saw our battery levels drop to around 10-15% at night before we turned in, which is suprising. It’s a good thing that the phone has fast charging enabled, which allows us to quickly top off our phone before going out.

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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2 Comments

  1. Thanks for the review. I plan on buying a ZF5 in the next few days. My ZF2 still works great but it’s time for an upgrade. What amazes me is that with a 6.2 inch display it is only slightly larger than my ZF2 with a 5 inch display. I really like that. As for the notch I don’t get why people want to hide it other than some folks can’t handle change.

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