Camera-Off: Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom vs iPhone 7 Plus

I get asked a lot what is the difference between the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom and the iPhone 7 Plus that are starting to look like one another aside from the obvious.

We can start with the back panel where camera placement almost be identical specially when being viewed from far away. The difference starts to show when you get  closer inspection the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom where laser and phase detection autofocus modules are placed right below the lenses and, of course, the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner can be seen where the Apple logo is for the iPhone. It’s a full metal unibody build for the iPhone 7 Plus – as Apple boasts, and a metal meets plastic design for the Asus contender in place of antenna lines.

It will be the same size of displays for both our contenders here at 5.5 inches with Apple’s Retina HD display set at 1080p compared to the Zoom’s AMOLED display. Both output will be bright, clear and crisp to the extent of the resolution they are placed in.

What plays a big difference in both these phones will be the camera, rather, cameras, all four of them.

The difference?


Aside from the obvious differences of aspect ratio, wehere the iPhone 7 Plus focuses on the square-esque aspect of the photo and the Zoom went for a wider angle, both phone were set on the auto function with variable results.

The version for the Cupertino-based company came out with a touch of yellow on the highlights compared to the cooler, slightly washed version for the Zoom.

It is more evident when the zoom lens is used to its maximum optical capacity with the same aspect ratio. The Apple version of the same shot leans slightly to the side of yellows whereas the Taiwanese version towards the red and blue side of the spectrum

There’s a little bit of difference here with the Zenfone 3 Zoom gaining warmer tones compared to the cooler version for the iPhone 7 Plus that focused on whiter tones.

Here’s our take on an amateur studio shot emulating and capitalizing on the image quality a phone can show.

The Zoom’s version leans towards the colder side of the spectrum compared to a yellow-ish hue for the iPhone 7 Plus. It is important to note that we used white lighting for both the front and the back.

Which one do you think did it for you in this camera comparison?

Let us know at the comments section below.

Mabuhay, Manila.

Drew Uy

I do words, food, coffee, and photos. Hit me up on Twitter @ginuhit

2 thoughts on “Camera-Off: Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom vs iPhone 7 Plus

  • July 11, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Why didn’t you choose the 4:3 (12Mp) aspect ratio for the zenfone 3 zoom? It looks like you used 16:9 (8Mp) instead.

    • July 12, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      The initial intention was to pit each camera with the closest possible settings. After so much testing, trying to prove which camera was better became moot since there’s no middle ground for each of the features aside from the standard frame. I then decided on highlighting on what each excelled in over trying to give one up for the ‘winner.’
      The point now became to show people what either cameras can do well. 😁


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