Asus has announced the new ZenFone Zoom that should arrive in the second quarter of this year to the market. Equipped with a 13 MegaPixel camera, this phone brings a 3x optical zoom, something seen only until now on Samsung.
On the opposite of Samsung, Asus seemed to have done a pretty well job on the compromise between a phone and a digital camera, maintaining an 11.95 mm thickness on a 158.9 x 78.84 mm sized phone.
The similarities to the Nokia Lumia 1020 are obvious even if the specs are quite different, starting by the Operating System of the phone, being the Asus an Android phone vs Windows Phone on Lumia. The Asus, with a 13 MegaPixel Camera and a 3x zoom, is a serious competitor to the Nokia Lumia 1020 41 MegaPixel. The key here is the comparison of the Optical vs Digital results that will depend on how the sensor will perform. Note that Asus hasn't announced the sensor size, which is something that needs to be cleared out later.
One big advantage when compared to the Lumia 1020 is the introduction of a variable aperture. The f/2.7- to 4.8 aperture on Asus will allow you to get great bokeh effects (the Nokia Lumia 1020 has a f/2.2 fixed aperture) but also more options for putting what you want in focus as well all the combinations between Exposure, ISO and Aperture that you will be able to do. Is it also yet to know what exposure times will Asus be able to do.
Apart from it, the Asus comes with a 10 elements lense vs the 6 elements camera of the Nokia Lumia 1020 which might be or not an advantage since the extra elements might end up making Asus to need more light for a similar exposed photo.
The Asus brings also optical image stabilization (OIS), laser auto-focus and dual-color Real Tone flash, being OIS a feature present on the Lumia while the laser auto-focus, that should allow a better and faster focus, is present on the LG G3.
The price announced is of $399 before taxes. For all details of the phone, you can check Asus website
In the end, it all be decided on the field with real photos but this is certainly a promising phone for the mobile photography enthusiasts and we are looking forward to see some samples soon!
So, what do you say about this phone?