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Asus Zenfone 3s Max Camera Review And Photo Samples

The Asus Zenfone 3 Series has been quite competent since its launch in India. The latest addition to the lineup is the Zenfone 3s Max. After the introduction of Asus Zenfone 3 Max, the 3s Max has higher expectations attached to it. The specifications of the 3s Max are quite similar to the 3 Max with a difference of 5000 mAh battery. The prices are not revealed yet but, will be revealed in the first week of February.

Focusing on the camera duties of the new phone, the 3s Max is packed with 13 MP rear camera while the front features 8MP camera. The rear camera is backed with f2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual tone LED flash.

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Asus Zenfone 3s Max Camera Specifications

Model Asus Zenfone 3s Max
Rear Camera 13 Megapixel
Front Camera 8 Megapixel
Sensor Type (Rear Camera)  –
Sensor Type (Front Camera)  –
Aperture Size (Rear Camera) f/2.0
Aperture Size (Front Camera) f/2.0
Flash Type (Rear) Dual Tone LED Flash
Flash Type (Front)
Auto Focus (Rear) Yes
Auto Focus (Front) No
Lens Type (Rear)
Lens Type (Front)
fHD Video Recording (Rear) Yes @30FPS
fHD Video Recording (Front) Yes @30FPS

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Asus Zenfone 3s Max Camera UI

Asus has gone for a fairly minimalist Camera UI. Even so, the stock Camera app features a lot of modes and settings, allowing you to fiddle around to improve your results.

The app, in the default Auto mode, has the Settings, Front Camera and Flash toggles on the left. On the right, you will find the Video Recording, Shutter, Gallery buttons. There’s a button to quickly switch between Auto and Manual modes, just below the video recording button. Clicking on it reveals a number of options like AF, White Balance, ISO, EV etc.

Auto Mode and Manual Mode

Modes and Settings

Asus Zenfone 3s Max Camera UI


The app also comes with a number of modes, suited for different conditions. It also suggests opting for appropriate mode depending on the situation when in Auto mode. Instead of selecting the suggested mode manually, the option pops out at the bottom to let you select easily.

Asus Zenfone 3s Max Camera Samples

The Asus Zenfone 3s Max comes with a 13 MP f/2.0 camera on the back. The rear camera is assisted by Phase Detection Autofocus and dual tone dual LED flash. You can record up to 1080p videos at 30 FPS. The stock Camera app comes with a number of modes and features to help you click good photos. On the back, the phone comes with an 8 MP camera, also featuring an f/2.0 aperture.

Day Light Samples

In daylight, the camera performed quite well and the images quality are decent enough to capture details appropriately.

Low Light Samples

The low light mode works with combining the output of four pixels on the sensor for creating a single pixel. This results in reduce noise but details are hampered to a significant extent. We cannot say that low light images are great but, they are quite on the average line with rest of the phone’s competitors image quality.

Artificial Light Samples

The results in the artificial light are better, especially considering the price segment of the phone.

Panorama Sample


HDR Sample


Camera Verdict

We tested the rear camera of Asus Zenfone 3s Max and found that it perform decent in the natural light and artificial light. But, for low light images, you should not have high expectations. As we are not aware of the prices, it will be early to comment its value for money rating for the camera. Let’s see how Asus price this phone to take lead from the competitors.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.