ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2: First Impressions On Mobile Photography

Before the year ended in 2018, ASUS surprised us with another variety of their ZenFone Max smartphone. As though we thought that they would end with the ZenFone Max Pro M1, ASUS got us all wrong. They have released last December and officially introduced a much better, highly improved #BatteryKing smartphone, the ZenFone Max Pro M2.

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ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2: First Impressions On Mobile Photography

Considering that the new ZenFone Max Pro M2 has an amazing price point (₱14,995.00) for its 6GB RAM + 64GB Internal Storage variant, its edge is the monster battery of 5,000mAh, which is very crucial to on-the-go mobile photographer and blogger like me, its dual lens camera system has also improved compared to the previous ZenFone Max edition.

As a mobile photography enthusiast and somehow a foodie, I always make sure that I take good photos of food I feature for my blog. Always looking for a smartphone that provides true-tone and details, I am happy with how the ZenFone Max Pro M2 dual lens system captures light and colors.

Here are some sample photos that were taken with the ZenFone Max Pro M2 (supported with natural lighting; unedited).

Food

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Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (8.3 MP); EXIF: F/1.8 3.52mm 1/50s ISO-160

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Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (8.3 MP); EXIF: F/1.8 3.52mm 1/14s ISO-500

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Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (8.3 MP); EXIF: F/1.8 3.52mm 1/20s ISO-500

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Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (8.3 MP); EXIF: F/1.8 3.52mm 1/20s ISO-400

Outdoors

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Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (8.3 MP); EXIF: F/1.8 3.52mm 1/582s ISO-100

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Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (8.3 MP); EXIF: F/1.8 3.52mm 1/50s ISO-320

Portrait Mode

Since I allowed myself to enjoy the pleasure of mobile photography, I also tried playing with its depth effect feature that is best for portraits. With the new Zenfone Max Pro M2, it has a 12MP Sony IMX486 F1.8 + 5MP dual rear camera system1 that is built on high-class hardware for an amazing result on portrait mode.

Here are sample photos of the very popular ‘bokeh’2 effect.

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Non-Stop Photography

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 does not stop from being competitive on mobile photography. With its dual lens camera system (that is already AI-enabled; updates will be available on software for early 2019), it can definitely provide amazing results. The 13MP F2.0 front-facing camera can also be utilized to take selfie photos with real-time beautification mode. Not to forget the Pro Mode feature available on the camera a more in-depth setting for your mobile photography.

The latest 6.3” all-screen high-res display design on ZenFone Max Pro M2 is simply stunning, so you can deeply appreciate your photos on the wide-viewing screen. The high-quality display, with its wide color gamut, outstanding brightness and high contrast ratio, makes everything on your phone look clearer and more vivid.

For the technical specifications, here are the details that you need to know about the new ZenFone Max Pro M2:

SpecificationsTechnical Details
Screen6.3-inch FHD+ 2280 x 1080 IPS display
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
ProcessorsQualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core CPU
Adreno 512 GPU
RAM / Storage4GB / 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
64GB storage
microSD up to 2TB (dedicated slot)
Cameras12MP Sony IMX486 F1.8 + 5MP dual rear cameras (AI-enabled)
13MP F2.0 front-facing camera
SIM Card / ConnectivitiesDual-SIM
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 5.0
micro USB
NFC
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, QZSS
3.5mm audio jack
Other features5-magnet speaker with NXP smart amplifier
FM Radio
Fingerprint scanner
Face Unlock
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo (upgrade to Android 9 available soon.)
Battery5,000mAh battery
Dimension157.9 x 75.5 x 8.5 mm
Weight170 g

ALSO READ: Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (What’s In The Box)

So, what do you think? Are you considering to get this smartphone for your mobile photography? The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 is a good deal for someone who is using a smartphone as a camera. It also offers great performance for gaming and entertainment. It can be challenging for those who are tight on budget, however, the specifications and other features can make you consider to have a device like this.

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 is currently available at select ASUS store and ZenFone shops for only ₱14,995.00 (6GB RAM + 64 GB Internal Storage). The 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM variant priced at ₱12,995.00 exclusively available for pre-order at Lazada Philippines and Shopee Philippines.

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Footnotes

  1. The dual-camera system in ZenFone Max Pro uses high-end hardware to take your photography to new heights. With its high-resolution, incredibly light-sensitive Sony® IMX486 sensor, ZenFone Max Pro takes any subject in its stride, so you’ll enjoy more-realistic photos at any time of day or night. Phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) get rid of camera shake for blur-free handheld shots and videos, with accurate focusing on any subject, in an instant.
  2. For gorgeous portraits and close-ups, the second camera on ZenFone Max Pro uses depth-sensing technology to create an artistic ‘bokeh’ effect, putting the subject in sharp focus while blurring the background for a gentle yet powerful effect that really makes the subject stand out.
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I'm a blogger, a crazy kid, and a happy piece of a blob. My star sign is on the cusp of the Crab and the Lion. I am a Julian.

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