Cell phone cameras have undoubtedly advanced to levels that make them legitimate photographic instruments in the right circumstances. ASUS is continuing to push the envelope with their new Zenfone AR, which can shoot massive 92-megapixel photos.
Unveiled at CES 2017, the Zenfone AR is a powerhouse built for augmented reality, but with that comes some fairly impressive photographic capabilities. The phone contains four cameras: a standard front-facing camera and three on the back. The three on the back include a 23-megapixel camera, a second for motion tracking, and a third for depth sensing, allowing the phone to create three-dimensional models of its environment. Coupled with Tango and Google Daydream, it should be a lot of fun for AR and VR enthusiasts.
Perhaps more interestingly for photographers, however, are the complete camera specifications:
- 23 MP sensor
- f/2.0 lens
- 0.03 s laser and phase detection autofocus
- 5 cm minimum focusing distance
- Optical (4 stops) and electronic image stabilization
- 4K video
- 92 MP "Super Resolution" mode
While it's not clear how the Super Resolution mode works, whether that be through sensor-shifting or some other means, it'll be interesting to see files from the camera. The phone also features a 2560x1440 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 821 CPU with advanced cooling, coupled with an Adreno 530 GPU and 8 GB of RAM. Altogether, the Zenfone AR could be an interesting choice for photographers looking for a capable cameraphone.