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OIS on Samsung Galaxy S6 gives it a pretty good edge over iPhone 6

This is a sponsored post. It’s really a wonder how smartphone makers have been able to pack in optical image stabilization in slim smartphones of today. Increasing megapixel count, wide-angled an

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It’s really a wonder how smartphone makers have been able to pack in optical image stabilization in slim smartphones of today. Increasing megapixel count, wide-angled and larger lenses, and image stabilization – the camera optics in some of the smartphones today are really a technology marvel. Also Read - Apple fined over Rs 178 crore for slowing down older devices including the iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and iPhone SE

Optical image stabilization (OIS) is designed to reduce shake and stabilize photos and videos using either a lens with built-in stabilization or a separate sensor. In the past, OIS was limited to DSLR cameras and some premium point-and-shoot cameras. That changed in 2012 when Nokia Lumia 920 was launched and included optical image stabilization, followed by HTC One early in 2013. Also Read - Apple rolling out iOS 12.4.4 update for older iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch

The Samsung Galaxy S6 now packs in optical image stabilization, and along with anf/1.9 lens, makes for a terrific camera – arguably the best in the business right now. The OIS on the Galaxy S6 aids the photographer in taking smoother videos and blur-free images, especially in low light.

While iPhone is usually the benchmark in mobile photography, iPhone 6 misses the bus with lack of optical image stabilization (the bigger and more expensive iPhone 6 Plus includes OIS though). There’s of course digital image stabilization, which is nothing but a high-sensitivity mode with a short exposure time resulting in pictures with less motion blur, but with more noise.

Motion Pictures

samsung-galaxy-s6-ois-photos-(2)The obvious advantage of OIS of course is the incredible fast reaction time of the camera that avoids unintentional motion leading to pretty good photos and videos while you are driving by in a car or attempting to capture sports or action shots. The Galaxy S6 makes for sharper photos and video recordings while using it with one-hand.

(You can check our comparison photos in full resolution here)

Specially while shooting videos, the OIS allows the camera to differentiate between intended movements and unintended jerks, and it makes a whole lot of difference in the captured videos. Once you’ve gotten used to capturing videos on a smartphone with OIS, it’s hard to go back, really.

(You can check out some videos we shot using the smartphone here)

Low-light Photos

samsung-galaxy-s6-vs-apple-iphone-6-comparison_2One of the lesser talked about benefits of OIS is the immense benefit in low-light photography. It’s also one of the areas where the Galaxy S6 really goes past the iPhone 6.

When you’re shooting in the dark, you’d ideally want a high-speed lens. In most cases, it’s expensive and bulky, and therefore ineffective for smartphones. You could have a more sensitive sensor but that makes your clicked photographs very noisy, or you could opt for a longer shutter time, which makes the camera-shake more prominent and results in blurry pictures.

(You can check our comparison photos in full resolution here)

In the last case though, inclusion of OIS helps to eliminate camera-shake by using a very accurate sensor to detect and react to camera movement. In low light conditions, shutter speeds are slower and tend to exaggerate camera shake resulting in inaccurate images. With the OIS on the S6, the camera-shake is compensated for to a great degree resulting in better and sharper photos.

Summary

It’s a pity really that a flagship smartphone like iPhone 6 with a terrific camera doesn’t pack in optical image stabilization, and we’d hope Apple changes their stance in the next version. In low light conditions, the Galaxy S6 manages to take great pictures at a slower shutter speed and lower ISO. The photos turn out to be bright with decent colour reproduction and relatively low noise while the shots captured by the iPhone 6 tend to have a lot of noise, sometimes with unacceptable contrast. For the moment, Samsung Galaxy S6 edges past the iPhone 6 in camera optics, and the inclusion of optical image stabilization is a big reason for the same.

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  • Published Date: July 23, 2015 7:51 PM IST


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