Mobiles have come a long way when it comes to photography and as the cameras in our smartphones improve continuously, image stabilization takes the center stage. The amazing low-light shots we enjoy today with our flagship phones and iPhones would have been a distant dream without the trusty Image stabilization.
So far, we’ve relied on Optical Image Stabilization, generally known as OIS. Initially, we had only 2 axis stabilization which corrected for the horizontal and vertical shakes (X and Y axis) until the pioneers like Lumia 1020 came along with their motorized 3 axis OIS which changed the landscape of mobile photography.
Oppo aims to revolutionize the mobile industry’s image stabilization by introducing the sensor based image stabilization in a mobile for the first time dubbed as the Oppo SmartSensors. Oppo also claims that it is the smallest sensor based image stabilizer in the world.
Here’s how the SmartSensor Works
The Oppo SmartSensor is an image stabilization unit that features vibration correction for the pitch, yaw and the roll axis which are generally not possible in the OIS (which is also a reason for the screen tearing or distortion effect most OIS units produce while panning in a video.
The compensations are made in split-seconds through a comb-shaped MEMS (short for micro electro mechanical system) which is voltage driven. This method of 3 axis compensation is generally implemented in milliseconds to ensure that the captured image or video does not suffer from distortions or screen tearing caused by capturing the image when the sensor is attempting to correct the vibrations.
Oppo also claims that is less taxing on the power source and consumes less power when compared to the conventional OIS. Oppos also showcased a live demo where the SmartSensor took on the LG G4 which has LG’s OIS 2.0 (3 axis OIS) on a moving rig. The end result suggested that Oppo’s sensor has the edge over the LG G4.
While it is certainly commendable that Oppo innovating and changing the mobile landscape, be it the VOOC charging or the SmartSensor, but we cannot draw a concrete conclusion until these technologies make it into end products.
While the SmartSensor did seem to have an edge over the LG G4’s OIS implementation, the whole experiment was a controlled one and real life scenarios may or may not result in a different story.
So far, the SmartSensor looks very promising and if can keep up its edge over the conventional OIS in real life scenarios, then Oppo truly has a gem in its hands.