Asus Zenfone 6 review

An unconventional, affordable and impressive camera phone

Asus Zenfone 6 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Zenfone 6 is not the easiest phone to find in stores, but it is worth hunting out as it’s a fantastically-priced smartphone. If you do find one, its 5000mAh battery borders on class-leading, the phone’s screen, while not OLED, is still immersive and the power under the hood is flagship quality in every respect. The Zenfone 6’s party trick, the flip-out camera is also compelling. It delivers versatility with its wide/ultrawide lens combo and grabs incredibly sharp selfies. While it isn’t the best sharpshooter across the board, as a sub-£500/$500 package, the Zenfone 6 is still easy to recommend.


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    The flip-out camera is incredibly versatile

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    Up to two days of battery life

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    Virtually bezel-free display


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    No optical zoom

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    The rear camera is good, not great

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    Camera module feels fragile

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The Asus Zenfone 6’s camera isn’t the first phone to feature a mechanical flip-out camera; the OnePlus 7 Pro and Oppo Reno 10X Zoom both pack pop-up selfie camera. However, it’s one of the only phones around to flip its rear camera through 180 degrees. What that means is it takes selfies with its primary camera, which has a resolution of 48MP at the wide-angle, or 13MP at the 125-degree ultrawide angle. 

The Zenfone 6’s camera also features some smart modes that take advantage of that fact. For example, the panorama mode automatically rotates the camera through 180 degrees, capturing pin-sharp, massive 2112 x 2048 (24MP) resolution panorama photos. The moving camera can also track objects, rotating to keep them in the frame. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.