ZTE Kis 3 Max review

More fudges than features with this budget handset

ZTE Kis 3 Max review
It's got the price right, but not enough else

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The ZTE Kis 3 Max comes with a 5MP rear camera along with a decent set of features for its price, including autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and panorama.

The images I took with the Kis 3 Max weren't too bad, and I've certainly seen worse image quality with cameras at this price range. Colour reproduction was accurate and there was a decent amount of detail captured, something that cameras on budget smartphones often miss, like on the Vodafone Smart 4 Power.

I also tried the panorama mode, but that didn't seem to work. The camera app also felt laggy at times, due to the underpowered components.

The biggest problem was when I first loaded up the camera app. I was only able to take two photos before a warning message appeared saying the camera was out of memory and that I would need to either delete some files or add an SD card.

Luckily I had an SD card on me, which allowed me to continue snapping photos. I hadn't had the Kis 3 Max all that long, and I only had a few extra apps, one song and a video file saved to the handset's internal memory so I wasn't too impressed with being told the memory had been filled up so quickly.

The Kis 3 Max also features a 2 megapixel front facing camera which is pretty generous for a camera at this price range, and the 'selfie' shots I took with the front camera were definitely some of the better quality ones I've seen.

The ZTE Kis 3 Max can also record video at 720p resolution at 30 frames per second. Although I was pleasantly surprised with the still photo quality of both the front and rear cameras, video footage wasn't great, with artefacts and a slight judder undermining image quality.

Sample images

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Colour reproduction is good, though in direct sunlight details are missed. Click here for the full-res image.

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In more forgiving lighting conditions, colour is better represented. Click here for the full-res image.

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Wider shots can be taken, but at a cost. Click here for the full-res image.

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Close up and macro shots suffer from poor detail reproduction. Click here for the full-res image.

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The auto focus does a fair job at determining what kind of shot you're aiming forgiving. Click here for the full-res image.

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The colour reproduction here gives a good sense of what a miserable day it was. Click here for the full-res image.

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No, that's not a black hole over my right shoulder, the front facing camera can go a bit weird in direct sunlight. Click here for the full-res image.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Core Tech

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.