Smartphones don’t need to be bulky to offer a camera with optical zoom. Just take the new ASUS ZenFone Zoom, which packs a 3x optical zoom system into a phone that’s less than 12mm thick. It’s the world’s thinnest 3x optical zoom smartphone.
ASUS says it took careful engineering to get a 10-element lens into a phone that thin. The lens has an aperture of f/2.7 to f/4.8 and sits in front of a 13 megapixel sensor. There’s also an optical image stabilization system that stabilizes your photo and video capturing.
Other features include a dual-color LED flash, low light mode, HDR mode, “enhanced beautification” mode, “zero shutter lag,” and manual camera controls.
The ZenFone Zoom will be available for $399 in black and white models sometime in the second quarter of 2015.