ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML More Sample Shots

I didn’t want to cram my review of the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML with every single shot I took. So here’s a separate post showcasing what this impressive “midranger” phone’s rear camera can do. I may update this as I keep pushing the ZenFone 2 to its shooting limits. Let me walk you though the shots, the conditions I took those pics in, and the results.
  • Dimly lit interior of Ramen Nagi, Greenbelt 3
  • A plate for a carnivore, Vikings SM Jazz Mall
  • Some very spicy noodles we ate at Ramen Nagi

All the shots here, by the way, have only been resized, watermarked, and crunched. They have not been manipulated in any other way (brightened up, sharpened, color adjusted, etc.). See our review of the ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML here.

You shoot what you love and we love our fat Siamese cat, Xing Yi, shown above lit by ambient late afternoon sun. We hadn’t turned any indoor lights on. Details are spot on.

The Legaspi Sunday Market (above) is one of my favorite shooting venues. Because there are lots of brown and green tones there. Let’s go through a few shots I took there.

  • If ever the colors are not popping out enough for you, you can turn up the saturation in the settings.
  • Yes, I love shooting vivid greens.
  • Tap to focus on background plants.
  • Tap to focus on phallic cactus.
  • I like it how subjects don't drown and get washed out under too much sunlight.
  • A shot obviously "relaxed" and under the shade. The aura of the plants even tell you so.

Above shot is a test in metering. Beneath the hanging masks is glaring noon time sunlight, while the masks themselves were under a shade. With HDR turned off, we still see details on the mask.

  • Arm's length.
  • Closer.
  • Even closer.

Check out these macro shots (above). If you’re worried about the ZenFone 2’s ability to capture details when very close to the subject, don’t be.

For a phone without any Optical Image Stabilization, these shots capture enough details.

I may update this post as I get more shots. Meanwhile, how’s your experience of shooting with the ASUS ZenFone 2?


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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for