ASUS’ PixelMaster low-light image enhancement is amazing

Posted:  April 15, 2014   By:    11 comments   


ASUS ZenFone PixelMaster Low Light
Picture taken using the ZenFone 5. Click for full resolution.

UPDATE: We’ve added a video demonstrating the ZenFone’s PixelMaster camera features after the break.

Low light situations are always a challenge for any camera especially when you’re shooting with a smartphone. While manufacturers have come up with a number of solutions to improve smartphone performance when taking pictures in low light conditions, not many are as impressive as ASUS’ PixelMaster technology found on the newly launched ZenFone smart phones.

ASUS’ approach is novel as it uses nearby pixels to capture more light in low light conditions. This results is a claimed 400% increase in brightness with less noise. The trade-off of this improvement is you are not able to shoot in full resolution. For example, the 13MP camera on the ZenFone 6 can only produce 3MP images with PixelMaster Low Light mode enabled while the 8MP camera on the ZenFone 5 can shoot a maximum resolution of 2MP.

Even so, the difference between a picture taken with and without PixelMaster is like day and night, and also, it helps if you have really steady hands.

Check out our hands-on with the PixelMaster camera features after the break.

Don’t forget to check out on hands-on experience on the new ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6 over here.

You can view the original pictures here (PixelMaster Low Light Mode disabled) and here (PixelMaster Low Light Mode enabled)

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11 Comments for ASUS’ PixelMaster low-light image enhancement is amazing

jojo

The techology is pretty cool. But it downsized the resolution to 2MP only. Not so great

    Dandrews

    2MP is still 1080p

Din

Clicking the photo gets a 404.

    soyacincau

    Fixed. Thanks for alerting

Sng AHeng

got potential to support USB OTG?

myrujukan

wow, that really good enhancement

Lee Sze Yong

what's the shutter speed when low light mode is on? it looks a little slow for handheld shots

    Elitesys

    check out the exif details : its 1/16 sec
    in my experience any speed lower than 1/60 needs a tripod unless you've got a robotic
    steady hands! . OIS or optical image stablizer helps one or two stops though. say 1/30 max.
    cool feature nevertheless .

      Lee Sze Yong

      if the shutter speed under this mode is so slow, then it's not really useful in real life :(

        Elitesys

        Remember, the test above is near total darkness which gets even pro cameras into trouble.
        however, you can get creative and find a solid surface like a desk or shelf , or up the shutter speed
        two stops , say 1/50 and you should get a fine result.

Kiro Yoong

HTC should probably learn this, as so many complained of their camera, a very cool idea though.