Asus ZenFone Zoom Review: Optical Zoom Impresses

Smartphone cameras have replaced dedicated cameras for everyday photo snapping because they’re thinner and always with you, but one of the features that remains out of reach for most smartphone cameras is the power to zoom. I’m talking about real optical zoom, not some half-assed digital enhancement that leaves your long-distance pics looking like a horrible pixelated mess. The $399 Asus ZenFone Zoom includes one of the thinnest 3x optical zooms ever, along with a bevy of manual controls to help you get better-looking pics. And although subpar battery life and a gunked-up version of Android prevent this phone from being a top pick, the ZenFone Zoom is a solid choice for highly mobile shutterbugs.

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