Camera review: Asus ZenFone 3 Max impresses with natural light

ZenFone 3 Max comes with some interesting camera features that can give good results for your social media posts

Asus ZenFone 3 Max
Asus ZenFone 3 Max

Asus ZenFone 3 Max is a notable addition to the sub Rs 20,000 segment on account of its big battery, big display and premium looks. It also has a 16-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/2.0, and aspect ratio of 16:9. Its Tri-focus technology combines laser auto focus, phase detection auto focus and continuous auto focus to clear focus even when the objects are moving. One can record a video in 1080p and with the 3-axis based electronic image stabilisation the videos are less likely to shake.

The other highlight of the primary camera is the various interesting modes it offers.

The super resolution mode takes multiple shots and combines it together to form a single shot with the detailing and sharpness of a 64-megapixel. It requires a little patience as it takes time to process an image, but the results look impressive. The low light mode is meant for really dark environment. It can light it up a little, but don’t expect anything spectacular from it. The beautification mode removes facial imperfections by itself.

The camera interface is quite user-friendly. All the options, modes and settings are highlighted on the side panel and can be easily accessed anytime.

Here are some of the test shots that we captured from the ZenFone 3 Max’s camera, and our conclusions about the optics quality.


One of the strong points of the camera is the colour reproduction. It doesn’t try to enhance colours for more effect as some phone cameras tend to do. The blue colour of the sky and the creamish colour of the building look quite realistic. The camera was able to muster out details very well. We could see the top storeys clearly, which is no ordinary feat.

Closeup flower

Once again the camera impresses with its colour reproduction. The red and yellow in the flower have been captured correctly. Despite the light background, the pink colour of the flower, the gloss around the petals, and the yellow in the stigmata looks prominent. Even on a bigger screen, we didn’t notice any blurring.

Closeup Food

This close-up was taken in daytime with the aluminium foil beneath the chocolate. Despite the reflective nature of the background, the pattern on the chocolate is clearly visible. Surprisingly, it was able to focus on a major part of the chocolate, something at which most mid-range phone cameras have struggled.

Street view

The camera impresses with its colour reproduction. It captured the colour of the buildings very well. The level of detailing is a quite impressive too. Even after zooming in, we could read the text at the top of the shops clearly and without any major pixilation. Objects in the darker areas such as the person pushing he cart are visible too.

Low light

Low light photography is not one of its strong attributes. Asus has added a few modes for low light, but we were not impressed by them. In this low light shot, the noise is visible without having to zoom into the image. Colours look a bit washed out too.

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