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ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom: Unboxing and First Impressions

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom is one of the most anticipated new mobile phones to come out in 2017 and is now available in stores nationwide starting April. It has a very capable camera for those who are into mobile photography or photography in general.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom has strong features, but it was definitely built for photography. That’s why it should be in your wish list of must-haves this 2017 if you are into photography or simply want to leave your heavy equipment and go light. The specs below are for your perusal:

5.5″ AMOLED touch screen
1920x1080p (401ppi)
Multitouch up to 10 fingers
Corning Gorilla 5
Asus Zen UI 3.0
Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
Octa-core 2.0GHz Cortex-A53
Adreno 506
32/64/128GB Internal Memory
4GB RAM
Supports up to 256GB microSD
Dual 12MP rear camera
(25mm f/1.7 with OIS, 59mm f/2.8)
13MP front camera
4k video recording
Non-removable 5,000mAh lithium battery
Colors: Navy Black, Glacier Silver, Rose Gold

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

Inside the box, you will see the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom, the warranty and manual in the next compartment. In the bottom compartment are the USB cable, charger and earphones.

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The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom has a sleek design with curved edges. On the left side of the phone is where you can insert your micro SIM. On the right side are the volume and power buttons. At the bottom are the earphone socket, USB slot, and speakers.

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The ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom comes with an Android Marshmallow OS and it’s very fast with very short startup time. For first time users, it will prompt you to program the settings.

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We went for the camera app immediately to check out what’s there. The first thing you’ll see is the revolutionary dual lens at the rear (12MP), while the front camera has 13MP of resolution. You can record 4k videos as well as high quality images with both the rear and front cameras. Of course, alongside high quality videos, you also expect high quality audio, which it brings with its rich professional sounding audio.

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The dual lens at the rear are made of one wide angle 23mm f/1.7 (ideal for landscapes, interior, group shots, low light scenes) and one 59mm f/2.8 lens (ideal for closeups and portraiture).

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If you love photography, you will also want to have more controls. Which is why you will be pleased that you can manually control the exposure, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and focusing with ease even while shooting videos. Manual focusing is a piece of cake and it’s really very smooth. I swear, once you go manual focusing, you’ll never want to use the AF again. But in case you do, the AF is lightning speed and reliable. So you won’t go wrong either way.

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Before we close our unboxing post, we leave you with some sample shots compressed for the web. The full resolution unedited ones are in the links before each photo:

Selfie time with the front camera

(Full resolution: https://goo.gl/photos/nbvJHP7xMxcWsiBv8)

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23mm, flare test (Full resolution: https://goo.gl/photos/ViVTv3bmyMFxXFDS8)

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23mm macro (Full resolution: https://goo.gl/photos/SZSZBGGW9cCcNuAj7)

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59mm at macro (Full resolution: https://goo.gl/photos/Ln9mM8onrT8kZ9HV8)

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23mm (Full resolution: https://goo.gl/photos/czJrY8Kh9SzW3iu28)

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Product Specs Page:

www.asus.com/Phone/ZenFone-3-Zoom-ZE553KL/

See our photowalk here:

www.kodakdakan.com/asus-zenfone-3-zoom-a-short-walk-and-why-it-should-be-in-your-wish-list/

Check out our announcement here:

www.wazzup.ph/2017/04/asus-zenfone-3-zoom-and-zenfone-live-now-available-at-select-asus-stores/

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