Did you think we’d pit the ZenFone 3 Zoom only against the OnePlus 3T? Think again!
As close as the fight was, we feel ASUS’ best camera phone deserves to be compared to a fellow dual-camera handset in the same price bracket, as well. For this shootout, we’re bringing in Huawei’s flagship P10.
The P10 is best known for its Leica branding which carries over from last year’s P9 and Mate 9. Its dual-lens implementation, however, is quite different from the ZenFone’s. While the ZenFone 3 Zoom uses its second camera module for optical zoom, the P10’s secondary monochrome sensor adds to the imaging data to increase overall quality.
Two different styles, one worthy matchup! Like before, everything is set at Auto settings using the default camera apps and no editing in between. I highly recommend viewing these photos on a monitor to truly see the differences.
Here we have a bright sunny day to compare landscape photos. Both cameras did a fine job rendering the entire scene with balanced details and wide dynamic range. The only difference is the P10’s shot being a little warmer and the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s looking more saturated. This round can go either way.
Similar to the last sample, the P10 prefers the warmer side of the scale while making everything look nice and sharp. The ZenFone 3 Zoom did fine keeping the white balance in check, but sacrificed sharpness for the grass and wall in the process.
This round should definitely go to Huawei’s smartphone. The macro shot of the flowers has beautiful colors and fantastic focus throughout the subject. The ZenFone 3 Zoom, on the other hand, had a difficult time locking on to the moving flowers and maintaining proper exposure.
Although some may prefer the saturated skin tone the ZenFone 3 Zoom produced here, we find the P10 better at injecting more life into the scene and nailing every single detail in both the foreground and background.
In this scenario, the cameras are put to the dynamic range and detail test without the use of HDR mode or added filters. With that, the P10 once again wins with more natural colors and without blowing out the sky like what the ZenFone 3 Zoom unfortunately did.
As great as their dual-cameras are, that doesn’t automatically translate to good front-facing cameras. Both phones outputted acceptable results, but neither really ran away with the win. It’s up to you whether you prefer the more saturated and colorful look of the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s selfie or the subdued, softer self portrait of the P10.
This part is a challenge for any camera phone, but the two competitors did fine by our standards. Because of the unpredictable lighting from the disco ball, the ZenFone 3 Zoom ended up with a reddish layer, while the P10’s photo looks yellowish yet slightly brighter.
The ZenFone 3 Zoom again had a hard time lighting up subjects in a dimly lit environment. We much prefer the P10’s product in this case, having noticeably better exposure distribution and greater sharpness on the clip we focused on to the left.
In yet another challenging situation, the P10 has a slight edge in getting the white balance correctly and making the elements look sharper. We have to appreciate the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s attempt at reducing noise in the darkest regions of the landscape, though.
Now, here’s something evenly matched! We can’t fault either phone for struggling to find light using their tiny selfie cameras, but the results were fine and don’t deserve any complaints. You’ll just notice the P10’s photo looking a tad bit warmer, while the ZenFone 3 Zoom’s shot favors sharpness.
Just like in the disco ball photo earlier, the ZenFone 3 Zoom casts a red hue on darker spots, whereas the P10’s picture looks a lot more yellowish. We have to give the edge to the P10 for reducing the amount of ugly noise in the background, although the ZenFone does a better job handling white balance on the road and crossing.
Rounding up all tests, Huawei’s flagship phone edged out the ZenFone 3 Zoom in most cases. The P10 really outdid itself in producing vivid colors without oversaturating during daytime, and its low-light performance is some of the best we’ve seen out of any smartphone to come out recently. Having two main cameras work together to create one stunning photo nearly every time won us over.
With that, we can’t fault ASUS for wanting to use its additional lens for something other than improving image quality. By having optical zoom, you can capture moments without having to inch closer to the subject, which is incredibly useful when shooting things that are normally too far away or sensitive to minor movements, like a musician on stage or pets, respectively.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below if you agree or disagree with our assessments.
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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro Max: Camera Shootout
Do you need the best camera hardware to achieve desirable results?
Remember when we did an in-depth camera shootout between Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max versus its 12 Pro Max counterpart? Well, we’re doing it again!
The new contender? It’s none other than Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra with better camera hardware and software features.
Even though the iPhone 13 Pro Max was released four months earlier, it’s safe to say these two phones can go head-to-head against the odds of most users.
If you’re curious to find out which smartphone is the best for your “phonetography” needs, watch our Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs iPhone 13 Pro Max camera shootout now!
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Huawei P50 Pro: Camera shootout
Can Huawei’s latest flagship phone keep up with the Samsung’s greatest Galaxy yet?
The Huawei P50 Pro may not be a direct rival to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in terms of camera hardware (that’s more the Galaxy S22+), but this is also a good chance to compare and see if Huawei’s latest flagship can keep up with the biggest brother in the whole Galaxy S22 lineup.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 13MP f/2.2 shooter while the P50 Pro has a 12MP UWA camera of the same aperture — albeit with difference in the overall focal length / angle.
There’s a gap between the main cameras The S22 Ultra has a 108MP while the P50 Pro has a tad smaller 50MP camera — but both still having an f/1.8 aperture.
Can the smaller sensor keep up with the bigger one?
For a fair and square fight, I only used the first telephoto camera of the Galaxy S22 Ultra versus the Huawei P50 Pro’s sole zoom lens.
When shooting in Portrait Mode, one smartphone uses its 3x Telephoto Zoom lens while the other sticks with its 50MP wide camera. But which is which?
Once the sunset is out, smartphones tend to change their AI algorithm in making low-light shots brighter but with less noise
Unlike low-light photos taken using the Auto Mode, Night Mode is more suitable for making night shots pop with the right amount of highlights, shadows, and contrast altogether.
BONUS: 10x Zoom
The Galaxy S22 Ultra has a dedicated 10x telephoto lens while the P50 Pro only relies on digital zoom and AI when zooming in on 10x.
Which are your top photo picks? It may already be obvious to some of you at the beginning but here are the results:
Photo A – Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Photo B – Huawei P50 Pro
Despite Huawei not making the P50 Pro+ variant, it’s still safe to say that this camera shootout between the top-tier flagship phones of each brand is still pretty close.
Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra may have the better camera hardware out of the two, but it doesn’t mean that the P50 Pro is a slouch when it comes to camera performance.
As a matter of fact, it was able to keep up from day ’til night. If we’re looking at the specifics, the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a wider main camera whereas the P50 Pro has a wider ultra-wide camera. The difference in optical zoom lenses was also evident.
But in some shooting scenarios, the Galaxy S22 Ultra won especially when it comes to processing HDR (High Dynamic Range), sharpness and details, as well as overall exposure and contrast in most wide and zoomed shots.
And just like in my P50 Pro review, the AWB (Auto White Balance) when using Night Mode (or shooting in low-light for that matter) leans more into the warmer range of the spectrum whereas the Galaxy S22 Ultra is more on the cooler (or maybe neutral) one.
While my P50 Pro vs Galaxy S21 FE camera shootout looks more comprehensive with 60 photo sets, being able to show half in this camera comparison article still proves a point that the Huawei P50 Pro can keep up with Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphone yet.
Huawei P50 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Camera shootout
The Korean versus Chinese turmoil reaches our camera shootout section
While this may not be the fairest camera comparison of them all due to some hardware differences that favor the P50 Pro over the S21 FE, I tried to be objective while still being meticulous when shooting the sample photos below.
Buckle up as I’ve prepared as much as 60 sets (yes, sixty) for you to nitpick. This might also be the longest camera comparison article in this site ever — unless there will be a more comprehensive one sooner 😉
Disclaimer: Just like our previous camera shootouts, photos were collaged, resized, and labeled for faster loading and preview. No other manipulations were applied.
On paper, they’re practically the same: P50 Pro is equipped with a 13MP sensor while the Galaxy S21 FE has a 12MP one. Both phones feature a FoV (Field of View) of 123-degree and an f/2.2 aperture. But which one is better at ultra-wide shots?
The P50 Pro might be ahead due to its 64MP f/3.5 periscope telescope zoom lens (up to 100x digitally), but for the sake of this comparison, we only used 3.5x zoom that favors both phones since the Galaxy S21 FE’s 8MP f/2.4 telephoto zoom lens starts at 3x optical.
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
Shooting against the light? Well, newer smartphones, chipsets, camera sensors, and optics should be able to enhance and improve the overall quality of an image unlike how phones try to capture and process it during the past few years. We’ll also see here if P50 Pro’s 50MP f/1.8 main sensor has an edge over the 12MP f/1.8 camera of the Galaxy S21 FE.
#17 (3.5x Zoom)
#18 (3.5x Zoom)
Auto White Balance (AWB)
Admit it or not, most of us prefer warmer photos over the cooler shots to add warmth and drama. But sometimes, the”cooler” ones are what we see in real life.
#19 (3.5x Zoom)
#20 (3.5x Zoom)
Do you like ’em too colorful or just bland? Regardless, this gives another hint which phone is actually better that might make (or break) your purchasing decision.
#29 (3.5x zoom)
#30 (3.5x zoom)
#34 (3.5x zoom)
You were already spoiled by how each phone performs in saturation and AWB (Auto White Balance). Now, let’s apply those algorithms in food shots.
#36 (3.5x zoom)
#37 (3.5x zoom)
#38 (3.5x zoom)
#39 (3.5x zoom)
#41 (3.5x zoom)
Portraits & Selfies
While preferential, being able to preserve the right amount of skin color and face details are better. Brighter photos don’t actually mean they’re better (at least IMO). If you’re curious about the specifics, the P50 Pro has a 13MP f/2.4 punch-hole camera while the S21 FE is equipped with a larger 32MP f/2.2 shooter.
#44 (Ultra-wide selfie)
#45 (Ultra-wide selfie)
#48 (Ultra-wide selfie)
Finally! My favorite part of this shootout. Different phone brands have different night mode processing algorithms. Which phone do you think is better in this category?
#49 (30x zoom)
#52 (3.5x zoom)
Do you like your picks? Well, here’s the final result for all photos:
Photo A: Huawei P50 Pro
Photo B: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
Hands down, the cameras of the Huawei P50 Pro performed better in most situations. But considering the Galaxy S21 FE is “underpowered” in terms of camera hardware with lesser number of sensors and megapixel count, I’ll still give props to how it was able to produce photos that can compete (and sometimes beat) the P50 Pro.
That being said, the obvious downside of the rear cameras of the Galaxy S21 FE is none other than its cooler temperature / lesser saturation despite Samsung’s Scene Optimizer being on all of the time. If there’s one thing to consider that’s better is that it has en even wider ultra-wide lens over the P50 Pro.
The P50 Pro doesn’t do much justice in sceneries and pitch black nightscapes (TMI, I didn’t show any comparison of this one because P50 Pro always results to a dark image).
Moreover, the P50 Pro produced more of the accurate shots but sometimes, its AI mode does some over-processing in certain situations such as awkwardly-lit night shots, greenery, and food. This results to warmer, more saturated shots that are not based on reality.
While these problems can be corrected through color-grading software such as Lightroom, VSCO, and Snapseed, most people still post their photos straight out of the gallery.
Night mode shots are also better despite just capturing the photos below 1 second (more like 0.9 seconds). Whereas the Galaxy S21 FE resulted to darker and grainier photos even if it takes around 2~4 seconds to finish a shot minus the time it takes to process the final shot.
We shouldn’t forget that the arrival of the Galaxy S22 series is coming real soon. We may not be able to test a more extensive camera comparison with the recently launched S21 FE, but who knows? There might just be another P50 Pro camera shootout waiting to battle the upcoming Galaxy once we have our hands on it.
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