The Asus ZenFone 7 has a rotating camera and was recently named one of the best mobile devices for selfie enthusiasts. In the corresponding DxOMark ranking, it took second place, behind the Huawei P40 Pro.

The Asus ZenFone 7 failed miserably in the rear camera test

Now DxOMark has released the results of the Asus ZenFone 7’s rear camera, which is sure to rock fans. The point is that this smartphone has a single camera for main shooting and for taking selfies, which rotates 180 degrees. And if, as a front camera, it does its job perfectly against the background of competitors, then compared to the flagship cameras of other smartphones, it can not come as a surprise.

For photo quality in the rear camera test, the Asus ZenFone 7 smartphone received 122 points, for video quality – 100 points. The overall result was 115 points, which did not even allow the smartphone to enter the top twenty. It scored less than last year’s Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10, Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, and many other smartphones.

Below, the critics repeat the obvious. Choosing the Asus ZenFone 7 today is for those who often take selfies and record videos on the front camera.

Photo test

Benefits

  • Precise target exposure
  • Fast and precise autofocus
  • Generally pleasant colors, inside and out
  • Pretty good detail
  • Flash portraits have precise exposure and a fair amount of detail

The inconvenients

  • Slightly limited dynamic range
  • White balance often too blue outdoors, color imprecise in low light
  • Ringing, ghosting and softness towards the edges of often visible images
  • Reduced detail and increased noise in mid- and long-range zooms
  • Depth estimation artifacts and artificial blur gradient in bokeh mode

Video test

Benefits

  • Efficient stabilization
  • Fast autofocus and fairly efficient tracking
  • Overall well controlled artifacts
  • Precise white balance outdoors

The inconvenients

  • Limited dynamic range
  • Visible noise
  • White balance color casts are visible in lab tests
  • Few details in the dark

The Asus ZenFone 7 Pro offers some real advantages over its predecessor, but lands in our database closer to last year’s best phones than this year’s major competitors. The overall image quality is good and the ZenFone has no trouble producing great photos under most conditions. But the competition at the top is fierce: Missteps in handling high dynamic range scenes, large artifacts, and problematic bokeh mode lower the score compared to the top performers. Zoom performance is much improved thanks to the new telephoto camera, but its image quality falls short of what we see among the best available today, especially with longer zoom ratios.