5/29/2016

Asus Zenfone Selfie: Through The Eyes Of A Selfie Addict

at 5/29/2016
 It's been four months that I've got my dream phone. I've been eyeing this smartphone for a long time ever since it was out in the market. My first Asus phone is the Zenfone 5. The only thing I've missed about the Zenfone 5 is it's lightness because it has a slimmer battery but the downside of it is it easily runs out of battery. That's my main problem with the Zenfone 5. I was pretty contented and happy for it for a year but then in the long run it can't cope up with my heavy camera usage. My then boyfriend, who is now my best friend, introduced the Asus Zenfone Selfie to me. I was so naive that there's a phone named like that 'coz I thought the name sounds weird. So, he excitedly showed me how it looks like and he made fun of my reaction 'coz I'm an over reactor. LOL! OMG! What a lovely looking  phone indeed. The pastel colors are just so enticing and I'm quite bewitched by the baby blue color because that is my favorite color. To make the long story short, It took me 1 year to save for my Asus Zenfone Selfie. Honestly, I've raised P8,000.00 only until February 2016 and come near Valentine's day 2016 and Lazada is giving away P500.00 voucher if you buy an item worth P2000.00. Time is of the essence at that time, my bestfriend supplemented the P3,000.00 deficiency because the phone is goddamn worth P10,995.00 minus the voucher from Lazada. Remember, I'm unemployed. LOL! 

my reaction when I press the checkout button from lazada and it says the phone will be delivered in 3 to 5 days reaction hahaha gif tom reaction very excited happy
Just imagine me having this reaction when my bestfriend press the CHECKOUT button from the Lazada app.
Dancing for joy funny reaction gif big bear and moon
I was dancing for joy the wholeday long...until....
totally disappointed when lazada refused to accept our 500 pesos voucher
He informed me that Lazada called informing  him that the P500.00 voucher has expired or is no longer acceptable anymore. I thought I was gonna save P500.00 from the P11,000.00 so can buy a protective case from the excess. 
my reaction when he said he still going to buy it anyway funny gif excitement
But he said, he is still going to buy it no matter what. He knew I've waited for so long  and he doesn't want to see me sad. Yep, the guy is such a sweet person. I'm so lucky!!! 
Well, I've painstakingly waited for about 5 days until my Asus Zenfone Selfie arrived. He picked it up at LBC 'coz we chose to buy it using their Cash on Delivery option. By the way, if you buy in Lazada and the value of the item is worth P5000.00 above or so, they will call you by phone and make a verification if you are really serious buying the item. This is to avoid fraud on their part also. Some are just bogus buyers. Remember, if you are just a bogus buyer in Lazada, your name will be banned the next time you purchase. I'm not sure if they'll give you a warning first or not. Anyway, I've finally got it. Just imagine me with this reaction when I received my Selfie. 

my reaction when I received my asus zenfone selfie  funny cartoon woman girl excitement reaction funny gif

Now let's get down to the serious part...

The Asus Zenfone Selfie is the pioneering smartphone camera fusion which means the front and rear camera of the phone have both 13 MP full resolution and a LED flash. The other camera features are enumerated below:
  • The front camera has a f/2.2-aperture, 88-degree wide-angle lens.
  • The dual-LED Real Tone flash gives the effect of  natural lighting
  • In the Selfie Panorama mode, you’re able to shoot selfies with an outlook of up to 140 degrees — so everything and everyone is part of your shot.
  • The front camera has a Manual Mode also. 
  • The macro focusing can capture the subject as close as 6 cm (2.3 inches)  plus laser auto-focusing that’s as quick as 0.2 seconds. The exceptional five prism Largan lens are transported by high-precision motor, maximizing focal depth for extreme close-ups.
  • The Beautification mode has a live make up presets (blush, skin smoothing and brightening, face slimming, eye enlargement). It has a unique timer also for if you want to take a Selfie without  your arms getting on your way. 
  • Burst Mode using the front and back camera (taking a couple of photos using a single prolonged touch of the shutter icon)
  • All other camera modes for the FRONT camera are Auto, Super Resolution, Low Light, Night Mode, HDR, Depth of Field, Filter Effects, GIF animation, Miniature, Time Rewind, Smart Remove, All Smiles and Timelapse (I've already mentioned Beautfication mode,Selfie Panorama and Manual Mode above)
  • Camera modes for the REAR/BACK camera are also Auto, Manual, HDR, Super Resolution, Low Light, Night Mode, Depth of Field, Filter Effects, GIF animation, Miniature, Panorama, Time Rewind, Smart Remove, All Smiles, Timelapse, Slow Motion and PanoSphere. 
  • Super Resolution shot is up to 52MP (4x greater than a single shot) 

Sample photos of Asus Zenfone Selfie using the different camera presets


Manual Mode

ZenFone Selfie’s supreme simplicity turns pro whenever you want. One tap on the Manual button puts you in full control of 13 professional-grade settings. Set your own shutter speed and exposure value, manually adjust the white balance, or choose the preferred ISO level — all managed with the ZenUI’s beautiful fluidity. (source)

manual mode screenshot asus zenfone selfie how does it looks like sexyfoosa review
In Manual mode, you can choose on your own preference how you want your photo to come out.
Miniature Mode


The Miniature Mode is really just tilt-shift, and this trick makes landscape photos look like miniature models. In other words, it captures a photo of real size object and then turns it into a small-scale model. 
This is how the Miniature mode looks like. This is a screenshot photo before I took the photo below in Miniature camera mode using Asus Zenfone Selfie
Screenshot of Miniature Mode
Miniature Mode sample photo using Asus Zenfone Selfie mini figurines
Miniature Mode Sample Photo
Comparing it to Auto Mode - Sample Photo - The difference is the blur part and the vibrance of the color
Auto Mode Sample Photo for comparison with photo using the Miniature Mode
another sample photo using the miniature mode in Asus Zenfone Selfie cactus pricklers succulent
Miniature Mode Sample Photo 2
another sample photo using the miniature mode in Asus Zenfone Selfie blue towel fiber with pink stains
Miniature Mode Sample Photo 3

Effect Mode

It provides various filter effects for a creative and fun images. Effects included are Pixelize, Negative, Sepia,Edge effect, Cartoon, Pencil, Grayscale, Hue, Romantic, Vintage, Lomo. There's no need to download an app featuring these effects since it's already included in the Asus Zenfone Selfie.

Took a screenshot to let you see how the effect mode looks like in real time in Asus Zenfone Selfie
Screenshot of Effect Mode
Asus Zenfone Selfie - Effect mode applying the vintage effect  sample photo
Effect Mode Sample Photo 2 (Vintage) 
Asus Zenfone Selfie - Effect mode applying the hue effect sample photo
Effect Mode Sample Photo 2 (Hue) 

Super Resolution Mode

Combines multiple shots to create incredible, detailed photo with up to 52 MP resolution. Do not move the camera yet while taking the first shot because it will again retake the photo 3x. So, 13MP x 4 takes = 52 MP in total. 
Auto mode - 13 MP - sample photos using Asus Zenfone Selfie  cactus succulent thorns pricks
Auto mode sample photo for comparison with the Super Resolution mode photo below
Super Resolution mode - sample photo - Asus Zenfone Selfie cactus selfie
Super Resolution Mode sample photo - Click image to enlarge and see the difference
Super Resolution mode - sample photo - Asus Zenfone Selfie - click photo to enlarge - cactus barrel pincushion succulent
Super Resolution Mode sample photo 2 - Click image to enlarge

Panorama Mode (Rear Camera)

It grabs a wide panoramic view of your surroundings. You can do it either horizontally or vertically. This mode is great for taking landscapes or photos having wide view.
Panorama Mode using the back or rear camera of Asus Zenfone Selfie cactus succulent window lining up
Me, wanting to take a photo of my cactus collection lining by my window (the icon at the center does not appear on my photo until I uploaded it here in my blog) 

Depth of Field Effect

This mode captures close-up subjects giving it with a soft background. It focuses more the object from the front and creates a blur for the object behind it.
Depth of Field Mode Screenshot - The bar on the screen let you choose how strong you want the blur to appear - Asus Zenfone Selfie
Screenshot of Depth of Field mode. The bar on the right side of the screen let you choose how blurry you want your photo's background to appear. 
Depth of field mode sample photo 1 Asus Zenfone Selfie Review
Depth of Field Mode - Sample Photo 1
Depth of field mode sample photo 2 Asus Zenfone Selfie
Depth of Field Mode - Sample photo 2 - For comparison of the photo below 
Using Auto mode- Notice the blur effect of the background 

Low Light mode and Night mode (What's the difference?)

in Low Light mode, it enables 4x light sensitivity, That even in dark situations, you can still take photos. There is so much noise in the photo using this mode while in Night Mode, it allows a slower shutter speed to capture more light in dark scenes. Better not shake your hands using these modes. However, there's not much noise in the photo using the Night Mode. 

Sample photos using light mode and night mode - Asus Zenfone Selfie cat sleeping photo
Took a photo of my cat sleeping inside his bunk. It's located around the darker part of the house. (Auto Mode)
Low Light Mode Sample Photo 1 - Asus Zenfone Selfie cat sleeping
Low Light Mode vs. Auto Mode (photo above). Notice the digital noise from the photos by clicking the photo to enlarge it.
Night Mode Sample Photo 2 - Asus Zenfone Selfie Cat sleeping dark area
Night Mode vs. Low Light Mode (photo above). Notice there's less digital noise in this image (Click to enlarge)
Auto Mode Low Light Mode and Night Mode Comparison Sample Photo - Asus Zenfone Selfie review cheshire cat
Took a photo of Cheshire cat action figure under the dark area of the house using Auto Mode.
Low light mode sample photo 1 - Asus Zenfone Selfie Cheshire cat action figure
Low Light Mode vs. Auto Mode (photo above)
Night Mode sample photo using Asus Zenfone Selfie - Cheshire Cat action figure
Night Mode vs. Low Light Mode (photo above)

HDR Mode (High Dynamic Range)

This mode expands the dynamic range of luminosity and grabs more details out from high-contrast or strong backlit scenes. Super HDRtechnology enables up to 4x brightness in dimly-lit situations so that the resulting images look exactly like what your eyes see. (source)


Auto mode- Asus zenfone Selfie - Sample Photo - Celosia Flower
Celosia Armor Orange Flower taken using Auto Mode
HDR mode- Asus zenfone Selfie - Sample Photo - Dark Pink Celosia
Celosia flower taken by Asus Zenfone Selfie in HDR Mode - Sample Photo 1
Auto Mode - Sample photo - Asus Zenfone Selfie Gumamela flower Hibiscus
Hibiscus flower - Sample Photo 2 (Auto Mode using Asus Zenfone Selfie)
HDR camera Mode - Sample photo - Asus Zenfone Selfie hibiscus flower red gumamela
Hibiscus flower - Sample Photo 2 (HDR Mode using Asus Zenfone Selfie)
Auto Mode - Sample photo indoor - Asus Zenfone Selfie
Sliced Papaya (Auto Mode) - Sample Photo using Asus Zenfone Selfie - Indoor
Image of sliced papaya (HDR Mode - Asus Zenfone Selfie)

Time Rewind Mode

This mode automatically capture images before and after pressing the shutter button and let you capture and choose the best photos. Select from one of the photos which you think is the best by pressing the "done" icon. 

Screenshot in GIF image to show you how time rewind mode looks like in Asus Zenfone Selfie Orchid photo
Time Rewind Mode (Screenshot)
Time Rewind - Sample Photo 1 - Asus Zenfone Selfie - Best photo orchid violet purple
Best Photo 1 using Time Rewind Mode
Time Rewind - Sample Photo 2 - Asus Zenfone Selfie - Best photo - purple orchid
Best Photo 2 using Time Rewind Mode

Panosphere Mode

This mode is exclusive to ASUS, allows you to take full spherical photos of your surrounding environment. Follow the instruction on the phone to easily shoot any scene around you. Moving the phone up, down, left and right will capture the entire surrounding landscape. Unlike the regular panorama mode,  you can only take photos from left to right. 
Auto mode sample photo - Asus Zenfone Selfie - Peach orchid
Auto Mode before using Panosphere Mode
Panosphere mode - Sample Photo - Asus Zenfone Selfie
Panosphere Mode - Sample Photo
Selfie Panorama

This mode allows you to take panoramic or wide angled images up to 140 degrees using the front camera.  **Photo to be updated**


Slow Motion Mode

During this mode, your camera captures your subject with very high frame rate and plays it back in slow speed. This mode is very handy during sports, or any fast moving objects like dogs running, kids playing, or dancing.


Timelapse Mode

It records the video in a slower pace and playback in normal speed. In this mode the time appears to move faster.











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