You won’t believe how many times I charged the battery of the ZenFone 3 Max on my Trip to Kutch.
Travel in general and travel photography, in particular, can, on the surface, appear to be a glamorous job. And now with the advancement of technology, there are both boons and banes to consider. Someone once asked me what is the most important thing for a travel photographer, out in the field? Without a moment’s hesitation, my answer was very clear- battery life of my camera and something really handy to click quick shoot for documentation. With the advent of the smartphone camera- the handy bit is taken care of but the battery life of a mobile, especially one used to keep clicking pictures can be a letdown. So, when the ZenFone 3 Max was released, I decided to put it to the test and take it on a trip without a power bank or charger, read on to find out how it faired.
I set was out on my 3 days’ trip to Kutch and phone was arrived in the evening, a day before my trip. The first thing I did was to unbox new phone and next was to charge a battery. The next day, early morning, when I was about to I set off on the trip was the first time looked at phone battery out of curiosity. It showed me 100% though it was charged previous morning. So the trip began, and on the first day after a long drive of 7-8 hours, I expected to charge the battery at least in evening. I received few calls and suddenly I checked phone after reaching the destination and to my surprise, the battery dropped to just 90%.
The next two days were set for my photo assignment and I was out for work in every morning. With my regular photo shoot, I decided to try new phone features on ZenFone 3 Max as well. Initially, I was a bit confused as I don’t use camera phone much, but I gave a challenge to myself and decided to use the phone camera for next two days.
I got opportunities to try a different mode of camera settings and was delighted with results. The ZenFone 3 Max Camera comes with Auto, Manual and HDR inbuilt mode. These different modes give you control over all kind of photography needs. When I was not sure and it was a casual need, I generally use Auto mode and let the camera decide to do a wonderful job for me. In cases of low light, a camera was set to manual mode to get the right exposure, shutter speed and correct ISO for better images. I’m not a big fan of HDR images but camera inbuilt HDR works really well in few of shots.
As I am on the road a lot, listening to music is my one of favourite pass time activity. And again ZenFone 3 Max was again handy as my music assistant. Day 2 passed with lots of excitement and experimentation with a mobile phone and its camera. Evening status on a battery was around 45%. The last day of my trip early morning work and rest more than half day drive back to home. After almost 150+ shots with mobile camera and regular activities such as calls, internet and my beloved music when I was back home battery was still alive and it was 15% remained, by the way, I don’t use 3G network all the time but switch on 3G when I need or else normal usage it’s on 2G data network.
Overall if you are looking for good battery backup, photo documenting your work over the mobile phone, fun/family moment and same time entertaining yourself with music and the internet, this phone is for you. The pictures are great and the battery life is a real boon for any traveller and even better for the travelling photographer to document work.