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Asus Zenfone 8

The Zenfone 8 sports a traditional dual lens camera on the back end, with the primary 64MP lens using Sony’s IMX686 sensor. As with previous Zenfones, my photo samples were more than satisfactory.

Strong lighting is handled without a problem and the default 16MP auto mode churns out natural looking photos with plenty of detail packed in. That second lens is a 12MP ultra-wide shooter which uses another Sony sensor, this time the IMX363.

Once again the photos I captured were impressive, with colour reproduction only taking a slight hit and minimal distortion to boot. Of course, Asus has crammed in all of the usual bonus camera fare, including a respectable portrait mode that accurately dissects your subject from the background.

The Zenfone 8’s night mode does just fine as well. Admittedly other phones like the Pixel 5 can produce brighter shots in dim conditions, but you still get snaps that closely resemble what can be seen with the naked eye.

You also have a Pro mode for photos and video recording, which allows you to tinker with the white balance, shutter speed and other elements. Speaking of video, the Zenfone 8 can produce lovely looking 4K home movies with the same natural vibe as that photo mode.

Using either the primary sensor or that ultra-wide lens, you’ll get crisp results and sharp focus, while audio capture is also clear as long as the wind doesn’t pick up.

If you want to get all fancy you can even record 8K video, although this will absolutely annihilate your remaining storage in no time.

It’s a shame you can’t flip that rear camera to the front for your selfies; for that feature, you’ll need to look to the Zenfone 8 Flip instead. However, the vanilla phone’s 12MP selfie shooter is fine for everyday snaps, with the same portrait smarts to make each photo all about you.

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