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Huawei P10 vs ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom: Camera Shootout

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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.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 3T vs ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom: Camera Shootout

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iPhone XR vs Pixel 3: Camera shootout

Which single-camera setup takes better photos?

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In an age where dual and triple cameras have become a standard, two premium flagship smartphones with a single-camera setup can still compete. Google’s Pixel 3 is regarded by many as having the overall best smartphone camera because it produces well-balanced colors and clean cutouts on portrait mode. Apple’s iPhone XR has almost the same camera setup and features as the more expensive XS and XS Max, including the TrueDepth camera in front.

In this comparison, we pit the two against each other to find out which smartphone you think takes better photos. This is once again a blind test so get your pen and paper ready! Do note that all photos were taken on Auto or Portrait mode (when applicable) and have only been resized for faster loading times. They are labeled Photo A and Photo B randomly. Swipe left to see the photos in full and take note of your picks!

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Ready to find out which phone took your picks? Here’s the answer key:

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Photo A: iPhone XR
Photo B: Pixel 3

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

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Photo A: iPhone XR
Photo B: Pixel 3

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Photo A: iPhone XR
Photo B: Pixel 3

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

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Photo A: iPhone XR
Photo B: Pixel 3

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Photo A: iPhone XR
Photo B: Pixel 3

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

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Photo A: iPhone XR
Photo B: Pixel 3

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

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Photo A: iPhone XR
Photo B: Pixel 3

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Photo A: Pixel 3
Photo B: iPhone XR

There’s no clear winner in this shootout; both phones did a great job in capturing images even in low-light scenarios. Choosing which one is better boils down to preference.

The Pixel 3 produces photos with higher contrast and sharpness, which sometimes turn out darker so photos tend to look more dramatic than they are in real life.  The iPhone XR, with its Smart HDR technology, balances out highlights and shadows really well, so much so that backlit images look like they have more than one light source.

In the portrait mode department, neither of the phones did a perfect job — how the cutouts turn out varies depending on the hair’s texture, how busy the background is, and even lighting.

When it comes to selfies, the Pixel 3 offers a wider field of view, an option to switch to a secondary wide-angle lens, as well as a feature called Night Sight that’s also available on its rear camera. One complaint we’ve always had with iPhones is how tight selfies are as seen in sets #13 and #14, although the iPhone XR selfies look more pleasing compared to those taken with the Pixel 3, where my skin tone tends to look more dull.

What do you think of this comparison? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Google Pixel 3: Night mode shootout

Seeing in the dark

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Smartphone manufacturers have always been upping their camera games, whether it’s by adding more sensors to the setup or increasing pixel count. But one of the bigger revolutions was Huawei bringing a true night mode to the P20 Pro earlier this year.

Since then, Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro followed up on the trend, only to be challenged by another camera-centric smartphone: the Pixel 3. Google’s latest flagship also has a well-received night mode, but the feature came out a couple of months after the phone’s launch.

Now that Google’s Night Sight is official and we have a Mate 20 Pro on hand, it’s time to compare their performance and answer the question lots of people have been asking: What’s the best smartphone for nighttime photography?

For this shootout, I brought the two phones around Taiwan and took photos only on their respective night modes. No post-processing was done except resizing, so the images would load a little quicker on this page.

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One thing’s for sure: Both perform really well in any situation, exceeding expectations in most cases. Although, a lot of the comparisons come down to personal taste.

For one, the Pixel 3 often removes a layer of warmth and makes nighttime scenes look more like daytime. On the other hand, the Mate 20 Pro is better at preserving how the environment actually looks in low-light spots.

In the most extreme cases, however, the Pixel 3 can see better in total darkness. The secret sauce Google applied here works wonders for when sufficient lighting is out of the question. At the same time, Huawei’s phone can apply motion blur to moving subjects, making them feel more like a long-exposure shot.

With no clear winner, it’s safe to say that both sides prove that their leaders in the night mode realm. Which one do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section below.

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OPPO F9 vs Vivo V11: Camera Shootout

Which midrange contender comes out on top?

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Two brands that impressed us this year with their unconventional take on the borderless design are OPPO and Vivo. These two are always neck and neck when it comes to performance, design, and even cameras. So in this video, we set out to find which of these midrange contenders takes better photos.

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