ASUS launched its flagship 6Z smartphone in India last week. We already brought you the first impressions of the smartphone, here we have the camera samples from the phone. The phone packs a 48-megapixel primary camera with 1/2″ Sony IMX586 sensor with 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.79 aperture lens that uses Quad Bayer technology for 12MP effective images, along with a 13-megapixel f/2.4 aperture 125-degree ultra-wide lens so that you can use it as both front and rear cameras, and the motorized flip mechanism can be used in 90-degree position.
The camera UI is simple with settings, HDR toggle, resolution (4:3, 16:9 or 1:1) option, flash toggle and filters (Grayscale, Warm, Hipster, Retro, Faded, Nostalgic, Vibrant and Blush), on the bottom there is an option to select normal and wide angle cameras, below that there are several camera options such as Timelapse, Slo-Mo (HD at 480 FPS, FHD at 120 or 240 fps), Motion tracking that can track and object and moves the camera accordingly, Video, Photo, Portrait, Pano to shoot 180-degree Panorama shots, Night mode and Pro mode (to adjust white balance, Exposure, ISO (up to 3200) and Shutter speed (1/100 to 16 seconds)). Below that there is Image preview, shutter button and flip to front camera, which can also be moved vertically to adjust the camera angle. The phone also supports Camera2 API by default so Google Camera ports for advanced editing including RAW capture will work without an unlocked bootloader.
Coming to the image quality, day light shots are good, and it is recommended to use the HDR+ auto settings since the HDR images are better. There is also HDR++ option, but it takes some time to take multiple images and process them to offer a single image. The camera can focus quickly, thanks to Laser auto focus. Macro shots are good, and the wide-angle camera is useful in daylight, but it is not good in poor lighting conditions. It uses software to blur the background for portrait shots, which is decent. Low-light images are decent, but it has noise, loses details and images are over exposed when light is bright, however the night mode is better. There is also a 48MP option that can be enabled from the settings, but this doesn’t support HDR+ and effects.
Check out the camera samples below (Click the image to view the full resolution sample).
It can record videos at 4k resolution at up to 60 fps and the wide-angle camera can also record 4k videos, but only at 30 fps. Video quality is good, and the audio is crisp. Since it has a flip camera, it doesn’t have OIS and comes only with EIS.
Full ASUS Zenfone 6Z review will be up soon.