Saturday, March 2, 2019

Testing ASUS Zenfone 5 Camera AI capabilities in Food Photography

This article will not touch on the greater technical aspect on ASUS Zenfone 5 AI Capabilities, instead I will share my actual Straight-out-of-Camera (SOOC) FOOD photos taken from the Zenfone 5, some experience and slightly citing some of the AI capabilities of Zenfone 5.

To begin, ASUS Zenfone 5 is one of the most intelligent phones ever made by ASUS and in the market. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC (System on a Chip) mobile platforms inside giving its capabilities of the Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE) or AI capabilities to execute many micro tasks involved in Artificial Intelligence (AI) computing. In short, this phone is intelligent and able to perform advance tasks using data and reacts to stimulus through its sensors.

I was in a buffet setting at a hotel in Cebu Business Park and about to eat lunch. Before I take anything to eat, I decided to take some pictures on what's in the buffet area. Most of the time, I take only few pictures but this time as I am shooting using an ASUS Zenfone 5 and I like what I see from the pictures that I took. So there I spend nearly 5-10 minutes taking pictures before having something to eat.

See below pictures that I took and look how Zenfone 5 perfectly implemented its AI scene detection where it intelligently adjust and optimize Color temperature and saturation, Contrasts, Brightness, Shutter Speed, and Exposure Time in every scene that I captured. These photos are taken in Auto mode.

Fresh vegetables and spices gets the best color it could have and exposure as well.


I glimpse on the uncook pasta, this shot is a little underexposed but I like composition as well as the depth.


Another burst of colors from the basket of veggies and spices.


Anyone who can see this photo would really thought of having a break in a minute.


I also took some pictures from the Noodle station and for me it really went well.

The Snapdragon 636 has powerful, 8-core processors based on Qualcomm’s Kryo technology, and are built on highly-advanced 14nm manufacturing processes which gives them extremely good battery performance. Thus, giving it the Artificial Intelligence capabilities that give them the ability to manage the many small human-like decision making processes involved in AI.

ASUS is able to deliver with Zenfone 5 the AI algorithm that works better in the market. It's AI Scene Detection uses a special algorithm known technically as an “AI data model“, it senses the up to 16 scenes or subjects the user is shooting applies the ideal settings that would render the best results.
The camera’s AI data model is created by referencing thousands of stock photos stored on ASUS servers gets refined with each firmware update of the smartphone.

Aside from Food, Zenfone Camera can detect people, dog, cat, sunset, sky, green field, ocean, flower, plant, snow, night view, stage, text, tripod and even QR codes. With these advance information that every Zenfone 5 smartphone is using, no wonder it could quickly decide on its own the most accurate camera setting in taking pictures. Now it's time for sweets!


These photo may be a little underexposed but I like the depth even at Auto mode.


These shots are not post processed, nor cropped, but at Auto mode, the camera is able to show depth at the background with a bokeh effect. Zenfone 5 Dual Lens System Real-time Portrait feature is not enabled in this photo.

To end this article, let's try to get acquainted with the Camera used in ASUS Zenfone 5 whose responsible to deliver decent mobile photos.

The ZenFone 5 has three cameras. The rear has two, a 120-degree wide angle, F2.2, 8-megapixel camera that can capture wide landscapes and a light sensitive main camera with the latest, top-of-the-line, 12 megapixel Sony flagship IMX363 sensor that has large 1.4 micron pixels and a wide F1.8 aperture lens. Its front camera is an 8-megapixel, F2.0 selfie camera


The main camera is great for portraits and focusing on isolated subjects, night and low light shots. The wide angle camera is excellent for shooting broad landscapes, in confined areas, just be careful with using wide angle since the extreme eastern and western quadrant of the photo tends to bend, this is expected on wide angle lenses. All are supplemented with a Color Correction Sensor and LED flash.

ASUS Zenfone 5 Camera Food Photography Test posted at Cebu Events Blog

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