ZenFone 3 series smartphones are built for photography. We equipped some of the planet's most ardent and fastidious photographers with ZenFone 3 series, and invited them to put our world-leading photographic technologies to the test. Our seasoned shooters both originate from and have explored all corners of the globe. They're all experts in their field, from professional photo editing to video storytelling; and their specialisms are equally broad, from design and advertising to sports and celebrity. Here, you'll find out who they are — and exactly what they think of ZenFone 3 series.
Dong Jing Yu is a senior photographer certificated by China's Ministry of Labor and Social Security, and co-founder of the J2 IMAGES photo studio. He has worked as a media photographer and editor for 10 years. In his work with J2 IMAGES, Dong Jing Yu has taken photos for numerous prestigious worldwide brands, including Tesla, Intel and Vogue.
“The Super Resolution feature built in to the ZenFone 3 series is stunning, especially ZenFone 3 Deluxe's 92MP shots. When I took photos in Xishuangbanna, I even forgot that I was using a smartphone, because ZenFone 3 Deluxe has so many professional-grade modes. I'm surprised by just how powerful this device is!”
Qian Jin is a senior photographer certificated by China's Ministry of Labor and Social Security, and co-founder of the J2 IMAGES photo studio. He has worked as a graphic designer in advertising, and he has been a professional photographer for 10 years. Qian Jin also serves as assigned photographer for diverse global enterprises, including Lexus, Morgan Stanley, Baidu and Huawei.
“The most impressive aspect of ZenFone 3 is Manual mode. I can adjust ISO, shutter speed, focus, and color temperature in order to meet even the most difficult shooting scenarios, such as night shots. Some photos taken with other phones may need post-adjustment to meet my demands, but the photos taken with ZenFone 3 capture my true vision.”
Ondrej was born in Prague and is a two-times winner at the Calendar of the Year Awards for his work on the Sport Invest calendar, including 2013's Best Photographic Creation and Best Celebrity Photography. He has also presented three exhibitions: People (2003), Players (2006), and Look At (2012).
“What made me most happy was the large, vivid and bright display during bright summer days. The biggest shock, in a positive way, was the final photo output captured by ZenFone 3 Deluxe.”
King Chow is a professional wedding photographer and also chief photographer at Milk Honey Studio. King is also a freelance technology journalist, cooperating with one of Hong Kong's most popular online mobile magazines. King uses his expertise in photography and technology to deliver in-depth reviews on smartphone photography.
“ZenFone 3 Deluxe has the ability to set the exposure manually, for as long as 32 seconds, and it has a Sony IMX 318 sensor. This combination is great for trackside shooting. Not only are the lines of the track clearly defined, but the photo quality is excellent – and noise is barely detectable, even with long exposures.”
Peter is a master photographer who shoots commercial, wedding and studio portraits. He is also a producer, director and host of the Behind the Lens interview series. He's a member of UK Master Photographers Association and is the 2011 winner of the organization's Far East Open award. Peter served as judge of the Canon PhotoMarathon between 2009 and 2011, and has been inducted into the Canon EOS Hall of Fame in Malaysia.
“ZenFone 3 has aided immensely in my day-to-day workflow as a commercial and wedding photographer, capturing images for my work with ease and clarity. It's become the go-to device for me to share my a-day-in-the-life-of-a-commercial-photographer image series with my fan base and clients, worldwide.”
High-quality and one-of-a-kind storytelling is synonymous with renowned videographer Jason Magbanua. His body of work has elevated him to become one of the most in-demand videographers in Philippines, with everyone from regional brands and politicians to A-list celebrities calling on his expertise. His awards include:
BeTheBoss Award For Social Media 2015;
Five 2007 Creative Excellence Awards from the Wedding and Event Videographers Association International;
Eight 2006 Artistic Achievement Awards from the 4Ever Group;
2006 and 2007 All-Star Team of Event DV magazine.
“The visual quality of ZenFone 3 Deluxe's camera is simply stunning. Captured 4K video is amazing, and the photos that I took from my last trip in Machu Picchu were super-sharp and the colors were brilliant. It's an all-in-one imaging solution that fits in your pocket.”
Mariusz Stachowiak is a photographer, blogger and traveler who declares that photography is his way of life and passion. He lives to capture images of things that cannot be described with words alone. Places, events and people are his inspirations, and his method is to establish relationships with people before pushing the shutter button — creating the emotions that he wishes to capture in a photograph.
“ZenFone 3 made a very good impression on me — especially the product design and the significant number of tools available for editing photos. It is really helpful in my everyday work — making ZenFone 3 stands out from the competition.”
Kyo is a man who has walked to the North Pole 11 times, chased aurorae for almost 200 nights, and explored almost 40 countries. He has won over 300 awards over the past eight years, including:
PX3 (Prix de la Photographie Paris)
IPA (International Photography Awards)
MIFA (Moscow International Foto Awards)
IPPA (iPhone Photography Awards)
Sony World Photography Awards
“Night shooting with iPhone is always unsatisfactory, and it's not good for aurorae. However, with ZenFone 3, I am able to capture the shots I want at night and in motion— and I'm not limited to well-lit locations.”
Yvonne is currently working as a freelance assistant for Magnum Photos. She is also a well-known blogger in Asia, known for her art and writing. Throughout her career in photography, Yvonne has received recognition from the International Photography Awards (USA), IPPAWARDS (USA), Nikon Photography Award (Japan) and Prix de la Photographic Paris (France). Her work has appeared in globally renowned publications and media outlets such as Time, Lightbox and CNN.
“There are many ways to launch ZenFone 3's Camera app, making it is very easy to capture any moment. What I used frequently is Manual mode, because it lets me set up long exposures — great for shooting aurorae or stars in the nighttime sky. Super Resolution mode also allows me to capture at up to 64MP, which is fantastic for creating large prints.”
Jasng Lin is a well-known ecological photographer in Taiwan. His work is regularly published in professional photography magazines. His most recent work focuses on wildlife, including insects and frogs. Jasng Lin is one of a few ecological photographers in Taiwan who has also published books and worked as a lecturer in a photography university.
“In Auto mode I could choose metering modes and exposure values to capture the photo I wanted. It's hard to imagine a camera this powerful in a smartphone, but a combination of complex lights, high contrast, Manual mode, and Super Resolution mode, make it possible to capture amazing photos.”
In 2004 Yi-Fan started his career as a travelling photographer. Yifan believes in exploring unfamiliar surroundings and he enjoys meeting new people through his photography. He's published two books: "Make Friends with our World Through the Camera" and "Participate in Creating a Better World, One Photo at a Time."
“ZenFone 3 was the obvious smartphone for me, as I already own a ZenBook UX305. I've found ZenFone 3 practical for everyday use, thanks to its robust construction using quality metal materials and Corning® Gorilla® Glass. Its camera is ready to easily shoot or record at any moment, in beautiful detail.”
Tam Bui is well-known in online-photography circles, with multiple large-scale shooting projects to his name. He has also worked on commercial projects with big brands in Vietnam. Describing himself as a world traveler and a man without a past, since 2016 Tam Bui has been working on a big travel-photo project titled Wanderlust. The project will involve traveling to China, Egypt, Japan and India, with the intention to explore, seek freedom and inspire young people in Vietnam to push beyond their comfort zones to search for true satisfaction in life. A book of this photographic adventure is scheduled to be published in 2018, and all proceeds will be donated to help orphaned children in Vietnam.
"ZenFone 3 has many impressive camera functions that are a great help to me when taking photos, especially in emergency situations — when using a DSLR camera simply isn't practical."