Wednesday , September 26 2018 Ausdroid » Hardware » Mobiles » ASUS zooms in with the ZenFone Zoom, featuring a 3X optical zoom camera

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ASUS could be back in the spotlight with its unveiling of the ZenFone Zoom at CES 2015. In a clear pitch to those with more than a passing interest in mobile photography, the ZenFone Zoom looks a lot like the Nokia Lumia 1020, and perhaps for good reason: it features an optical zoom camera on the rear, like what you’d find in a proper camera.

The ZenFone Zoom has a 13MP camera with a lens comprised of 10 individual elements, allowing a three-times optical zoom, with optical image stabilisation to boot. Despite this power, the ZenFone Zoom its a mere 12mm thick; the thinnest phone with such a camera on the market.

On top of the optical zoom is a 12X digital zoom, laser-guided auto focus, a claimed zero shutter lag, and a manual mode that ASUS claims offers photographers ‘professional grade manual control of ISO settings, shutter speed and more’.

We don’t know too much else about the hardware, beyond the ‘Zoom including a 5.5″ full HD display, up to 128GB of storage (depending on market) and a 5MP front-facing camera with wide angle lens for creative selfie taking. LTE support is a given, and it will launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop in the box.

There’s nothing on Australian availability yet, but that might come later.
Update:
Asus Australia have advised :

The ZenFone 2 and ZenFone Zoom will likely be launched in Australia later in 2015, however we have no information at this time on pricing or availability.

Chris Rowland   Director / Editor (Ex-Officio)

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Houdeani

what size is the image sensor?

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android police are saying they will start at $200 US so this is a bargain!

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Sounds like it might have too much on board storage to be allowed into the AU market.
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Too much storage?

JeniSkunk
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JeniSkunk

Yeah Lurch.
Look at what’s allowed through the telcos and refail through mobs like DSE, Officeworks and JB’s… 16GB is the Standard with it being VERY rare to see 32GB allowed on shelf.

What’s the betting that AU won’t get official releases of the 128GB and 64GB variants of the Asus Zenfone Zoom.

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Ahh – gotchya. I thought you were talking about some legal limitation or some such that I hadn’t heard about.
I think in that regard it comes down to price. If Asus can bring into Aus a 128Gb model that is price competitive with existing 32/64Gb phones – it could be a winner.

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Are iPhones are the exception?

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