The Asus ROG Phone 2 has a dual camera around the back which may feature the same specs as that of the Zenfone 6, but doesn’t pack the same pivoting flip out tech.
That means the main camera array features a primary 48MP camera (Sony IMX586 sensor, 0.8µm pixels, f/1.79 lens, 26mm lens, 1/2.0” sensor) and a 13MP ultrawide camera (f/2.4, 125mm). Neither pack optical image stabilization (OIS) and the primary camera features phase detection and laser autofocus.
Where the ROG Phone 2 steps away is when it comes to the selfie camera and microphones. Asus has tuned the selfie-setup for streamers who want to record themselves blasting through battlefields with decent audio. As for specs, it’s a 24MP, f/2.2 module.
With time-lapse, slo-mo, motion tracking, video, photo, portrait, panorama, night and pro modes, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into here, but the fact remains, there’s no telephoto module, which has become something of a standard for flagship smartphones today.
If you want a bit more detail from your shots and the light is right, you can change the default shooting resolution from 12MP to 48MP just like on the Zenfone 6. This deactivates auto-HDR, and noticeably degrades noise handling and tonal nuance in challenging scenes, but gives you a picture you can crop into more readily if the light is on your side.
The ROG Phone 2’s Pro mode offers up to a 32-second shutter speed, and the manual maximum ISO is 3200.
Video is shot at up to 4K resolution, 60fps, and despite the lack of OIS, electronic image stabilization clearly kicks in across frame rates unlike some phones like the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, which cap out when you hit 4K resolution at 30fps. In turn, quality is impressive from the main camera. The wide camera, however, performs less favorably in challenging lighting.
As for that selfie camera, it shoots photos at 24MP or video at Full HD resolution, 60fps. Capture looks smooth, though you won’t be able to get too close to it owing to a lack of autofocus.