Xiaomi has launched the Mi 5 flagship smartphone in India. Priced at Rs 24,999 for the 32GB storage variant, it will go on sale starting April 6 on Mi.com. Compared to the Mi 4, the Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a whole lot of improvements, right from improved front and back glass design, to latest hardware and a fingerprint scanner that is embedded right inside the home button. One of the most talked about features of the Xiaomi Mi 5 is the 16-megapixel camera featuring a 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization. Also Read - MIUI 13 design teased ahead of launch via latest MIUI File Manager update
For starters, the Mi 5 has a Sony’s IMX298 16-megapixel rear camera module with PDAF (phase detection auto-focus), DTI (deep trench isolation) image enhancement and the 4-axis optical image stabilization to compensate the shaky hand movements and let you take blur free photos. The camera lens is covered with sapphire crystal protection to keep scratches at bay. Also Read - Mi 11 Lite first look: A OnePlus Nord CE competitor, is it?
Today, there are more casual photographers than professionals. Almost everyone who uses a smartphone takes photos, be it at a party, while on holidays or camping. However, blurry photos due to shaky hands are quite common, and while taking still photos can be more of a challenge, optical image stabilization plays a crucial role. Most smartphones today come with 2-axis OIS, including the iPhone 6s Plus and others. On the other hand, the Mi 5 comes equipped with 4-axis OIS. Also Read - Redmi Note 10 price in India hiked again: Check the new price here
What is 4-axis OIS and how it works?
In a nutshell, image stabilization is a technique of reducing blur associated with the camera motion. The technique compensates for the tilt and pan angular movements while clicking the camera shutter button. The 4-axis OIS technology detects vibrations from up to eight directions with the help of the accelerometer and gyroscope. It then calibrates the micro-motor to adjust the camera movement and posture to get rid of the jitters and help you capture steady shots and even 4K videos. It translates into sharper, smoother and blur-free photos, even in low-light scenarios.
How is it different from 2-axis OIS on the iPhone 6s Plus?
The 2-axis OIS feature on the Apple iPhone 6s Plus can only correct the horizontal and vertical axis, whereas the 4-axis OIS can also correct the rotational motion. Xiaomi has also demonstrated how the feature works ( video embedded below) and how it compares with Apple iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus.
The setup assembly shakes while recording the video on all three smartphones. The iPhone 6s which does not employ an OIS has a lot of shake, whereas the iPhone 6s Plus fares better with 2-axis OIS. However, its Xiaomi’s Mi 5 camera with 4-axis camera stabilization wins hands down against both smartphones.