“Music” Hey guys its Sagar from Tecworkz, and I finally have a detailed camera review of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2. You guys have been asking me to make this video since even before I got this phone, but I have been holding it off until ASUS released a software update, which adds AI scene detection mode to the rear camera and Portrait mode for the front facing cameras.
Few days back ASUS did push out a software update which added portrait mode to the front facing camera. This update did not bring AI scene detection to the rear camera. But I decided to make this video anyway, since lot of you are waiting to know about its camera performance before making the purchase decision.
Out of the dual cameras at the back, Primary camera has a 12 megapixel sensor with F/1.8 aperture, and each individual pixel has a size of 1.25micron. Secondary camera has a 5 megapixel depth sensor with F/2.
4 aperture and an individual pixel size of 1.12micron. Now you can’t switch between these 2 lenses, and the secondary lens is only there for capturing depth information for portrait shots. At the front there is a 13 megapixel camera with F/2.
0 aperture and an individual pixel size of 1.12 micron. You also get a dedicated LED flash for taking selfies in very low lighting situations. The interface of the camera app is extremely basic, and to be honest feels half baked to me.
It lacks many basic options like ability to turn on grid lines, adjust the exposure, shoot slow motion or time lapse videos and so on. And I hope ASUS will fix the app with future software updates. You get the option to shoot 4k 30fps videos, so that is one nice thing.
Alright with that out of the way, lets get to the image and video samples from this phone. But before that, just make sure to hit the subscribe button, so you don’t miss out on any of the amazing videos coming up on this channel.
Normally we start with the daylight images, but let’s change things a bit and start with Max Pro M2’s video performance. You can shoot 4K 30fps videos. Colours are a bit saturated while shooting 4k, This is something that we see in many phones, and some people like it and some people don’t.
There is no electronic stabilisation at this resolution. 1080p 30fps videos are electronically stabilised and due to that reason, they are a bit cropped in when compared to 4k videos. But the colours while shooting at 1080p are balanced and natural, which I prefer over the saturated colours while shooting at 4K.
These videos may not be of a very high bit rate, but they are detailed and do look good, when you take them in ample light. As I said before, camera app on this phone does not give you options to take slow motion or time lapse videos.
Now coming to the daylight images, the 12 megapixel primary sensor captures lot of details. Cameras on this phone are a huge improvement over the Zenfone max Pro M1. Even as we zoom in on these images, they seem to hold a lot of details.
Colours seem to be good and natural looking, in all lighting situations, when you are shooting in Auto mode. Which is what I believe most people shoot all of their images in. There is a bit less contrast when you start shooting in bright light, with the HDR mode turned on.
Speaking of HDR mode, it does bring up lot of details from the shadows, while preserving the highlights. It is specially impressive in these situations. It did not bring up too many details from the shadows in these particular images, but for the price that it comes in, it did an excellent job of bringing back lot of information from the brighter parts of the images.
There was almost no information in the brighter areas, when you use Auto mode. So whenever you are in bright lighting areas, make sure to use the HDR mode, it will make your images lot better. Right now, I am not sure if this camera is same, better or worse than the Redmi Note 6 Pro.
But to answer this question, I will be making a video in a day or two, comparing the cameras on both these phones. So make sure you have turned on the notifications this channel, that way, you will get notified as soon as that video goes live.
Here is a focusing test, before we move on to the close up and macro shots. It is fast and accurate at switching the focus from near to far objects and then back again. Changing the focus quickly is important for shooting videos, but it is equally or even more important while taking close up and macro shots.
These close up images look very good. The subject is in perfect sharp focus, and thanks to the wide F/1.8 aperture, background in all of these shots is blurred out nice and evenly. Speaking of the background being blurred out, Max Pro M2, lets you take Portrait shots as well.
This is where the secondary 5 megapixel depth sensor comes in. For the most part, it is accurate at detecting the edges and separating the subject from the background. You can adjust the amount of blur in the background while taking the images.
And it gives good results while shooting in indoor lighting conditions as well. That being said, it is not perfect and definitely needs some refinements via software updates. While shooting many of these images, it missies out certain areas around the subject.
Like in these images, it struggled to detect and blur out the areas under my arm. Its’ a a minor issue, and I am sure ASUS can refine and fix it with future software updates. Just like with humans, it can take portrait mode images of objects as well.
I think it’s a bit more accurate while detecting the edges of these non human subjects. Again the background is blurred out nice and evenly, and the overall images look very good. Now let’s move to the images from indoor, artificial and low light situations.
This is where the Max Pro M1 really struggled with, but the Max pro m2 does a much better job. Just make sure to switch to the Auto or night mode while taking images in these situations, because if you leave the camera on HDR mode, chances are, you will end up with lot of blurry images.
Colours and detail levels are good in these situations as well. But since it does not have OIS and size of each individual pixel is not as big as some go the other phones, it has to increase the ISO in these situations, and this brings in some noise in these low light images.
It is not the best at handling the exposure from bright lights when you are taking images like this. But you still have to rely on the camera, as there is no exposure adjustment in the auto mode. You can go to Pro mode, and adjust the ISO, Exposure and shutter speed to make the images look better.
But I know most people who get these these bought phones, are not too keen on playing with these settings. And in those cases, they might be a bit unsatisfied. The cameras are good and there is no issue with that, but the app itself is a bit limiting, and not letting us taking full advantage of these cameras.
That brings us to the front facing camera. This 13 megapixel sensor can take, sharp and detailed selfie, and again it’s a big improvement over the front facing camera of the Zenfone Max Pro M1. Colours are good and accurate, an for the most part, it handles the dynamic range pretty well, unless you are taking selfies right against the sun, like I did with with this image.
But I would say, even with the sun blowing all the highlights in the background, camera did pretty well to capture lot details from my face and from the shadows of my t-shirt. Low light selfies are a lot softer in comparison, but you do get a front facing Flash, or a torch, to help you take slightly better selfies, when the light is very low.
With the latest software update, ASUS did add the Portrait mode to the front facing camera. It is good at detecting the edges and separating the subject from background. Colours and dynamic range is also good in these portrait selfies, and I think the portrait mode on the front facing camera of this phone, is better than the portrait mode on its rear cameras.
here is a video from the front facing camera of he Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2. It’s a big name. Its very bright outside, so you can see how this phone is handling the exposure of the skin, overall colours in the background, and stabilisation when I am walking around with it.
Due to EIS, Video from this front facing camera is cropped in a lot. So after looking at all the image and video samples, it is clear that the Zenfone Max pro m2 has got a good set of cameras. Cameras not being good or up to the mark was the number 1 complain, or concerns of the people who got, or were thinking of getting the Max pro M1.
It’s good to see ASUS backing up the new phone with an impressive set of cameras. If you were on the fence while making a decision about this phone, let this be the slight nudge you needed in favour of this phone.
Max pro M2 has a good design, good set of cameras, is powered by a snapdragon 660 processor and backed up by a massive 5000mAh battery. I think this might be the perfect midrange smartphone that many of you are looking for.
In this video, we saw that cameras on this phone are really good, but are they good enough to be compared with the likes go the redmi Note 6 Pro or the MI A2? I will be answering these questions in my upcoming videos, so make sure to subscribe to the channel for those videos.
Alright, with that out of the way, what do you think about the cameras on this phone? Do let me know in the comments. That is it for this video guys. Please git the like button if you enjoy this video, and subscribe to the channel for more quality tech videos like this.
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