Camera Shootout: Asus Zenfone 2 VS iPhone 6

Last month, I posted a few comparison photos taken with the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Asus Zenfone 2. I’ve been using the Zenfone 2 as my main smartphone for the past few weeks and figured I should do a comparison test again with the iPhone 6. I’ve taken a lot of photos with the 2 of the best smartphones in the world but I have only chosen around 8 photos each to point out the good and the bad. Here it is, Asus Zenfone 2 iPhone 6 Camera Comparisons:

DAYLIGHT

Photo taken with an iPhone 6

Photo taken with an iPhone 6

Photo Taken with an Asus Zenfone 2

Photo Taken with an Asus Zenfone 2

Both smartphones’ camera modes were on Auto mode and took these photos in Makati Avenue. These photos revealed almost the same results that it’s so hard to tell the difference. Good job to the Asus Zenfone 2 and iPhone 6 for these nice photos.

SCOREBOARD – Asus Zenfone 2: 1 / iPhone 6: 1

GREENERY

Photo Taken with an iPhone 6

Photo Taken with an iPhone 6

Photo Taken with an Asus Zenfone 2

Photo Taken with an Asus Zenfone 2

Similar to the Daylight photos, both photos appeared with accurate colors. It’s good to know that the Asus Zenfone 2 is at par with the iPhone’s image quality under daylight.

SCOREBOARD – Asus Zenfone 2: 2 / iPhone 6: 2

ZOOM IN

Photo taken with an iPhone 6

Photo taken with an iPhone 6

Photo taken with an Asus Zenfone 2 with Low-Light Setting

Photo taken with an Asus Zenfone 2 with Low-Light Setting

I’ve used my iPhone 6 for months and I rarely encountered issues whenever I use its digital zoom for close-up photos. Most photos I’ve taken with it turn out alright. Unfortunately, this is one of the weaknesses I’ve found in the Asus Zenfone 2. I posted the photo with the low-light setting because the images with and without the HDR function were darker then this. Also, I’ve attempted to use the digital zoom of the Zenfone 2 inside the MOA Arena. Last month, I watched a UFC Manila match and the results were kinda painful to look at. Not what I’ve expected, but I hope Asus will be able to improve on this area of their camera.

SCOREBOARD – Asus Zenfone 2: 2 / iPhone 6: 3

THE CHURCH

Photo taken with an iPhone 6

Photo taken with an iPhone 6 in HDR mode

Photo taken with an Asus Zenfone 2 with Low-Light Setting

Photo taken with an Asus Zenfone 2 with Low-Light Setting

Mass ended at 6pm so I thought it was a good time to take some test shots with the iPhone 6 and the Asus Zenfone 2. I turned on the HDR mode of the iPhone 6 and the Low-Light setting of the Zenfone 2. The results show that the Zenfone 2 not only produced a brighter image, but also produced a more accurate result in terms of lighting.

SCOREBOARD – Asus Zenfone 2: 3 / iPhone 6: 3

DINNER

Photo taken with an iPhone 6 with HDR

Photo taken with an iPhone 6 in HDR mode

Photo taken with an Asus Zenfone 2 with Low-Light Setting

Photo taken with an Asus Zenfone 2 with Low-Light Setting

The restaurant has dim lights all around and I’m surprised with the results that I got here. I expected the Zenfone 2 to have a brighter photo, and it did. However, the shot by the iPhone 6 in HDR mode produced a clear, sharp image of the food I ordered that evening.

SCOREBOARD – Asus Zenfone 2: 3 / iPhone 6: 4

DESSERTS

Photo taken with an iPhone 6 in HDR mode

Photo taken with an iPhone 6 in HDR mode

Photo taken with an Asus Zenfone in HDR mode

Photo taken with an Asus Zenfone in HDR mode

The iPhone 6’s image of my dessert is dark and un-appetizing to my eyes. The image taken by the Zenfone 2 shows the oozing caramel syrup on top of the ice cream and cake. Oh, that shot was only taken in HDR mode.

SCOREBOARD – Asus Zenfone 2: 4 / iPhone 6: 4

IN THE EVENING

Photo taken with an iPhone 6 in HDR mode

Photo taken with an iPhone 6 in HDR mode

Photo taken with an Asus Zenfone 2 with Low-Light Setting

Photo taken with an Asus Zenfone 2 with Low-Light Setting

The night shot of the iPhone 6 is good enough, but the Zenfone 2 with Low-Light setting shows a brighter result. It’s noticeable that the image resolutions of the two are different. This is because the Low-Light setting of the Zenfone 2 uses 2 Megapixels (I only found out as of this writing that the screen ratio can be changed if I choose 3 Megapixels for Low-Light setting.)

SCOREBOARD – Asus Zenfone 2: 5 / iPhone 6: 4

IN THE EVENING TOO

Photo taken with an iPhone 6

Photo taken with an iPhone 6

Photo taken with an iPhone 6 in HDR mode.

Photo taken with an iPhone 6 in HDR mode.

Photo taken with an Asus Zenfone 2 with Low-Light Setting

Photo taken with an Asus Zenfone 2 with Low-Light Setting

You can see how dark the street is by looking at the photo taken by the iPhone 6 above. Now compare the photos I’ve taken with the iPhone 6 and the Zenfone 2. With the low-light setting turned on, the Zenfone 2 produced a brighter image. It may not be able to produce picture-perfect results, but for those who simply want to take photos in dark areas like group photos, the low-light setting of the Zenfone 2 will definitely work for them.

SCOREBOARD – Asus Zenfone 2: 6 / iPhone 6: 4

DR’S CONCLUSION

The camera shootout was a close contest but the Asus Zenfone 2 proved to be a better camera than the iPhone 6 in those scenarios I’ve covered. It also proved that the Zenfone 2 can be at par with the iPhone’s imaging capabilities, and at the same time shows the areas of improvements which I hope Asus will take into consideration.

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