Everything happened quickly for ASUS ZenFone 5. Some images showing an 18:9 display and vertical dual cameras were leaked early on but then the launch was confirmed for MWC 2018. It was benchmarked on AnTuTu and then finally unveiled at the Mobile World Congress the same month, bearing the iPhone X-like notch. We haven’t gotten our hands on one but the new ZenFone flagship has passed through DxOMark. To review, the Asus ZenFone 5 from the Taiwanese tech giant comes equipped with a 6.2-inch LCD screen, 4GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, dual 12MP (OIS and Dual-Pixel autofocus) and 8MP camera system, LED flash, 64GB storage, and a non-removable 3300 mAh battery.
The smartphone camera system is expected to offer more with the dual camera but let’s see what DxOMark has to say about the ASUS ZenFone 5. We never expected the phone’s camera to be top of the line but it scored an average of 90 points. Mobile score is 93 while Video score is 86.
The Asus ZenFone 5’s camera is good enough. It can’t compete with the Huawei P20, Samsung Galaxy S9, or the Google Pixel 2 , though, but it offers decent results. Still photos captured by the phone show nicely rendered detail and textures in bright light. White balance is accurate in most situations while autoficus is fast and accurate. It also offers a good dynamic range especially in bright light. On the downside, there are fusion artifacts in HDR scenes and some images are corruption on rare occasions. Flash images show chroma noise and loss of detail. We find it interesting that even in bright light, there’s noticeable noise in the sky. If you’re in bokeh mode, you may be disappointed with the innacurate exposure, color casts, and depth artifacts.
Looking at the camera’s video capabilities, the ZenFone 5 offers generally accurate target exposure, fairly good white balance in bright light and indoor conditions, as well as, decent stabilization in static outdoor scenes.