No question, the Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 and the Asus ZenFone 3 are two highly popular upper-midrange camera phones today. Aside from having premium aesthetics and good specs, both handsets are equipped with good lenses designed to capture every important moment of your lives well.
|Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 or Asus ZenFone 3 ZE552KL?|
So, we’re back with another simple photography shootout to help you decide which is the right shooter for you.
Disclaimer: All images are described based on our subjective opinions and experiences.
Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 Vs Asus ZenFone 3 (5.5 Inch) – Main Camera Photography Comparison!
|Specs||Galaxy A7 2016||ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL)|
|Back Camera:||13 MP f/1.9 w/ OIS, AF and LED flash||16 MP f/2.0 w/ Tri-tech AF, 4 Axis OIS, Axis EIS and dual tone LED flash|
On paper, it appears that the Asus ZenFone 3 (5.5 Inch) variant has the edge over the Galaxy A7 2016. It has better larger megapixel size at 16 MP, more focusing tech (tri-tech AF), and better dual LED flash. Asus’s bet also has more camera modes and feature rich professional camera settings.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 appears to be the better lowlight shooter with its bright f/1.9 sensor against ZenFone 3’s should be dimmer f/2.2 lens. Both has OIS for stabilization and less blurry images. Let’s get it on!
Scene 1 – Outdoor HDR
|Galaxy A7 2016 HDR|
|ZenFone 3 HDR|
In this HDR shot taken somewhere in Batanes, we were caught off guard on how bright and detailed the image taken using the ZenFone 3 was. It even highlighted some parts of the shot that’s not that visible with the Samsung’s bet. While the Galaxy A7 2016 handled colors better, this round goes to Asus. Zen 3 – 1 point
Scene 2 – Close-up cropped
|Galaxy A7 Close-up cropped|
|ZenFone 3 Close-up cropped|
In this round, it’s a very close fight. Both handled the situation very well for a phone. The ZenFone 3 produced the softer and darker image while the Galaxy A7 2016 captured the brighter and more vibrant still. Galaxy A7 2016 – 1 point
Scene 3 – Dim light
|Galaxy A7 2016 Dim light|
|ZenFone 3 Dim light|
At first we thought that the f/1.9 lens by Samsung will produce the brighter and more detailed image in this scene. However, Asus’s ZenFone 3 shot is brighter, has less noise, and better dynamic range. The sky also looked more closer to natural colors in this shot. Zen 3 – 2 points
Scene 4 – Indoor dim light
|Galaxy A7 2016 Indoor dim light|
|ZenFone 3 Indoor dim light|
We slightly liked Samsung’s output better in this round. It’s more vibrant looking and has closer to natural colors. While ZenFone 3 produced the brighter image, its colors looked pale and washed in comparison.
Scene 5 – Super Night
|Galaxy A7 2016 Super Night|
|Asus ZenFone 3 Super Night|
Unfortunately, Samsung’s pro camera mode isn’t complete. While it has ISO adjustment, it doesn’t have shutter speed controls for long exposure shots. The result, it can’t take the image that ZenFone 3 can shoot in very dark places.
Both phones are great mobile photography buddies in the upper-midrange department. The Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 is capable for point and shoots which can take bright and vibrant images. However, Asus’s ZenFone 3 slightly bested Samsung’ offering in our mini shootout. That say’s a lot about Asus’s quality considering that this phone is more affordable.