Blind Shootout Revealed: ASUS ZenFone 3 vs Honor 8

A couple weeks ago, we had a blind camera shootout comparing the ASUS ZenFone 3 and Honor 8 without letting you know which photos are taken with which phones. As the voting ended last week, it’s time to reveal the results.

ASUS ZenFone 3 vs Honor 8 Blind Shootout Revealed

ASUS ZenFone 3 vs Honor 8

  • 16MP vs 12MP Dual-Camera (RGB + Monochrome)
  • f/2.0 vs f/2.2
  • 1.12 µm vs 1.25 µm
  • TriTech AF System vs Hybrid AF System
  • 4-Axis OIS vs No OIS

Disclaimers:

  • All the camera samples are taken in auto mode;
  • Except for the “Camera Sample 10A” and “Camera Sample 10B”, which are taken with manual focus;
  • Both cameras are set to the maximum resolution that they are capable to take (ZenFone 3 in 16MP and Honor 8 in 12MP);
  • ASUS ZenFone 3 has “Auto HDR” feature on by default, so we didn’t turn off;
  • All camera samples taken by the Honor 8 are using its dual-camera setup, we didn’t block one of its lenses during photo shooting.

The Results

Camera Sample 1

Camera Sample_1A
Camera Sample 1A: ASUS ZenFone 3 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Camera Sample_1B
Camera Sample 1B: Honor 8 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Which is better?

Camera Sample 1A

Camera Sample 1B

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The first set, 75% of voters voted for Camera Sample 1A, which is taken with the ZenFone 3. As we mentioned in the beginning, the ZenFone 3 has “Auto HDR” feature on by default, which means it’s basically the battle between HDR vs non-HDR. As you can see from the samples above, Camera Sample 1A is much brighter and more contrast. Not to say it’s unfair, we can only say that ASUS did a good job by including “Auto HDR” feature in the camera app.

Camera Sample 2

Camera Sample_2A
Camera Sample 2A: Honor 8 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Camera Sample_2B
Camera Sample 2B: ASUS ZenFone 3 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Which is better?

Camera Sample 2A

Camera Sample 2B

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The second set result is pretty same as the first one, this time Camera Sample 2B is taken with the ZenFone 3, and 62% voters voted for it. Yet again, the ZenFone 3 took advantage with its “Auto HDR” feature.

Camera Sample 3

Camera Sample_3A
Camera Sample 3A: Honor 8 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Camera Sample_3B
Camera Sample 3B: ASUS ZenFone 3 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Which is better?

Camera Sample 3A

Camera Sample 3B

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The ZenFone 3 continues to win in the third set with 74% of voters voted for Camera Sample 3B. The case is pretty similar to first and second sets, the ZenFone 3 managed to capture more eye pleasing photo.

Camera Sample 4

Camera Sample_4A
Camera Sample 4A: ASUS ZenFone 3 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Camera Sample_4B
Camera Sample 4B: Honor 8 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Which is better?

Camera Sample 4A

Camera Sample 4B

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As the fourth set is pretty similar to the previous three sets, 63% of voters voted for Camera Sample 4A, which is taken with the ZenFone 3. Unlike the previous three sets, these two camera sample qualities are pretty close actually, but when you look at the lower half of both photos, you’ll see that Camera Sample 4A has the advantage.

Camera Sample 5

Camera Sample_5A
Camera Sample 5A: Honor 8 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Camera Sample_5B
Camera Sample 5B: ASUS ZenFone 3 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Which is better?

Camera Sample 5A

Camera Sample 5B

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The fifth set has a different result, this time 83% of voters voted for Camera Sample 5A, which is taken with the Honor 8. It’s obvious that Camera Sample 5B color temperature is pretty warm, which probably is the main reason why most voters voted for the first one. The Honor 8 did a pretty good job this round, as everything just feels so right, from contrast level, detail to color temperature.

Camera Sample 6

Camera Sample_6A
Camera Sample 6A: ASUS ZenFone 3 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Camera Sample_6B
Camera Sample 6B: Honor 8 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Which is better?

Camera Sample 6A

Camera Sample 6B

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The Honor 8 continues to get more voted in this round, with 68% of voters voted for Camera Sample 6B. It’s pretty similar to the last one, it seems that the ZenFone 3 struggled to capture photo with just right color temperature.

Camera Sample 7

Camera Sample_7A
Camera Sample 7A: ASUS ZenFone 3 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Camera Sample_7B
Camera Sample 7B: Honor 8 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Which is better?

Camera Sample 7A

Camera Sample 7B

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The seventh round sees 91% of voters voted for Camera Sample 7A, which is taken with the ZenFone 3. This time it’s pretty clear. The ZenFone 3 managed to capture more eye pleasing photo, with higher color saturation and contrast.

Camera Sample 8

Camera Sample_8A
Camera Sample 8A: ASUS ZenFone 3 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Camera Sample_8B
Camera Sample 8B: Honor 8 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Which is better?

Camera Sample 8A

Camera Sample 8B

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The eighth round is pretty hard to decide for me to be honest, I believe this happened to many of the voters as well. 59% of voters voted for Camera Sample 8A, which is taken with the ZenFone 3. And yes, this time many of you actually preferred a warmer photo, it actually looks like filter been applied to this photo. No, it’s not!

Camera Sample 9

Camera Sample_9A
Camera Sample 9A: Honor 8 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Camera Sample_9B
Camera Sample 9B: ASUS ZenFone 3 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Which is better?

Camera Sample 9A

Camera Sample 9B

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The penultimate round sees 77% of voters voted for Camera Sample 9A, which is taken with the Honor 8. The ZenFone 3 appeared to have the same problem again, the photo just not that eye pleasing and a little bit overexposed.

Camera Sample 10

Camera Sample_10A
Camera Sample 10A: Honor 8 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Camera Sample_10B
Camera Sample 10B: ASUS ZenFone 3 (Click here to view full resolution photo)

Which is better?

Camera Sample 10A

Camera Sample 10B

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We used both devices in manual modes for the final round, actually just to use the manual focus function to create the bokeh effect. This time, 83% of voters voted for Camera Sample 10A, which is taken with the Honor 8 again. Both camera samples look pretty similar actually, but it seems that the Honor 8 managed to capture more eye pleasing photo, you can see that there’s a slight difference in terms of color tuning.

Conclusion

So, who’s the winner? Well, if you look at the results, the ZenFone 3 actually won it by 6:4. However, it doesn’t mean that the ZenFone 3 is the better one, I can only conclude that it’s a tie. Both devices are capable of taking great photos, and you can always use editing apps like Snapseed and VSCO to edit your photos. Both devices have different camera features, the ZenFone 3 has OIS+EIS for capturing more steady photos, while the Honor 8 comes with a dual-camera setup, which you can play with its DoF (depth of field) feature. That’s been said, it’s a tie!