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Asus Zenfone 8 review: small size, large capacities

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The photo configuration of the Zenfone 8 is more modest than that of the Zenfone 8 Flip, which included three different modules. Our camera skips the telephoto lens, and therefore offers a 64 Mpx main sensor whose lens opens at f / 1.8 and an ultra-wide angle of 12 Mpx (f / 2.2).

On the same price segment, the Google Pixel 5 reign supreme. This Asus therefore has a lot to do to maintain its level, but comparing it to Google’s smartphone will allow us to better highlight its strengths … and its weaknesses.

Wide-angle module: 64 Mpx, f / 1.8, eq. 26 mm

Thanks to the technology of pixel-binning, which consists of using four photosites to get one brighter, the main sensor captures shots at 16 MP base.

Google Pixel 5 (27mm eq, f / 1.7, ISO 59, 1/95 s)
Asus Zenfone 8 (26mm eq, f / 1.8, ISO 31, 1/50 s)

In bright conditions, the Zenfone 8 delivers a very decent result, even if the comparison is not necessarily flattering at first. The image is quite detailed, although the smoothing is felt in places, especially on the cover of the book. The sights at the bottom left are well defined, but suggest a glaring lack of color. The image is perfectly usable, but the general tone is too dull, suffering from poorly controlled exposure.

Google Pixel 5 (27mm eq, f / 1.7, ISO 405, 1 / 8s)
Asus Zenfone 8 (26mm eq, f / 1.8, ISO 1177, 1/15 s)

A finding that can also be made in nighttime conditions. The smoothing is accentuated and the level of detail inevitably decreases, but the whole remains easily readable. The Pixel 5 does better, although digital noise is making an appearance. Google’s algorithm preserves the colors while they have almost disappeared on the Zenfone 8 photo, which is adorned with a yellow veil.

64 MP mode

A large majority of smartphones can capture full resolution shots, but the gain is far from always significant. This Zenfone 8 stands out in a good way.

Asus Zenfone 8 Flip (64 Mpx, crop 100%)
Asus Zenfone 8 Flip (16 Mpx, crop 100%)

By day, there is a greater level of detail, which makes it easier to appreciate the shot. The portraits are more precise, as can be seen on the lion’s mane, the man’s hat or the relief of the map. It is also noted that the general colorimetry is better. We therefore recommend that you use this mode on your important shots, at least during the day.

Asus Zenfone 8 (64 Mpx, crop 100%)
Asus Zenfone 8 (16 Mpx, crop 100%)

Unfortunately, this is not really the case in night conditions. The 64 megapixel mode, however, allows you to crop the images.

Ultra wide-angle module: 12 Mpx, f / 2.2, 112˚, eq. 14 mm

Google Pixel 5 (16 Mpx, 16 mm eq, f / 2.2, ISO 125, 1/100 s)
Asus Zenfone 8 (14mm eq, f / 2.2, ISO 41, 1/50 s)

The ultra wide angle keeps a good level of detail. On the other hand, the whole seems a little overexposed, which once again tends to wash out the colors. The Pixel 5’s module is certainly better defined, but it is above all thanks to better colorimetry that it stands out.

Google Pixel 5 (16 Mpx, 16 mm eq, f / 2.2, ISO 737, 1/4 s)
Asus Zenfone 8 (14mm eq, f / 2.2, ISO 1330, 1/15 s)

At night, digital noise makes its appearance on both devices. You can still make out the scene from the Zenfone 8, but the level of detail is collapsing. No miracle when it comes to color: the sights are almost black and white. Few smartphones do better than the Pixel 5 under these conditions.

Front and video module

The Zenfone 8 is equipped with a 12 Mpx (f / 2.5) sensor housed in a punch to the left of the screen. The latter delivers selfies of reasonable quality, which lack a bit of detail. As in the test photos, the overall shade is still a bit dull. The portrait mode is quite effective. The bokeh effect is not always displayed optimally on the screen, but the final shot is (often) well cut out.

The smartphone can shoot up to 4K at 30 fps, but there is a lack of stabilizer. We therefore advise you to switch to Full HD at 60 fps to benefit from electronic stabilization. The result is pleasant.

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