Apple iPhone 6S vs Asus Zenfone Zoom – Camera shootout

Here we go. A quick camera comparison of the Apple iPhone 6S Plus versus the Asus Zenfone Zoom. 

The photos below are the only shots I took. No second or third attempts and choosing the best one. The weather was turning fast (snow) so it was take the photos as fast as possible. 

iPhone 6S Plus – Auto Mode – HDR not used 


iPhone 6S Plus – Digital Zoom – Difficult to tell how many times zoom this was but I tried to estimate it to 3 times. Also as you can see it just started snowing again. 


Asus Zenfone Zoom – Auto – these shots are after the massive firmware update received last night as as documented in my other post today. Unfortunately it was snowing for the first shot below. 


Asus Zenfone Zoom – 3 x optical zoom – so much clearer this shot than the digital zoom from the iPhone. I have done many other optical zoom shots are the quality is much better than using digital zoom from the iPhone. 


Asus Zenfone Zoom – Super Resolution mode – all the photos were handheld but I am certain super resolution photos would benefit from a tripod. File size was 12mb. 


Asus Zenfone Zoom – HDR mode – One of the good points of the Zenfone Zoom is the Auto mode will suggest an alternative mode eg HDR or Low Light and bring up an icon on screen to allow you to switch immediately without going into the settings and selecting a different camera shooting mode. HDR was not suggested by the Zenfone Zoom.  I just wanted to see how it turned out. 


Anyone that’s all for today. I just wanted to share some first shots. And remember these were the only shots taken on each phone. One shot, one chance to get it right and all handheld! 

7 thoughts on “Apple iPhone 6S vs Asus Zenfone Zoom – Camera shootout

  1. Champion, Thanks Gavin…. That definitely shows the Asus has the better zoom definition.
    I don’t know how they managed to achieve this but it certainly works.
    There’s talk a future iPhone will have 2x lens each set at a different sizes to produce the appearance of an optical zoom.

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  2. I see this as, finally, a non-gimmicky optical zoom for a phone. My Lumia 1020 was great but I think I’d rather have mechanical lenses.

    I wonder if they can push it to higher zooms in future, or if, as usual, the market won’t bear much camera specialisation.


    1. It depends how successful the Zoom is for Asus. At the moment they are aggressively updating the firmware regularly to make it better and better which is encouraging. As its first attempt, it is a bloody good one. Even having a decent lanyard hook and supplying the lanyard. Everything was thought about with this phone. In terms of photo quality the 1020 has now been surpassed by the LG V10.


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