What is sensor-shift image stabilization? 2020 iPhones will have it

There is a report that 2020 Apple iPhones will use a new image stabilisation technology called sensor-shift image stabilization. What is this new tech, how does it work, and what benefits does it bring?

First, the way image stabilization in smartphone cameras has been done till now is optical. Remember the term, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)? Tons of phones use that to keep things smooth during image and video capture.

2020 iPhones to have Sensor-shift image stabilization

Sensor-shift image stabilization, on the other hand, does away with the optical means. Instead, it harnesses the power of the accelerometer such that whenever there is a shake or jerk while in use, the camera sensor moves (or shifts/adjusts) in real time to counteract those and leave the sensor stationary in relation to the image.  

Benefits of Sensor-shift image stabilization

The sensor-shift system is said to be particularly beneficial for low-light photography where a tripod or other stand is not available[1]. Sensor-shifting image stabilization could also result in better shots with attachable lens accessories.

Besides the above, the details of Apple’s implementation are not available at this time, as there is no word from the company on the advantages of their adopting sensor-shift stabilization are. Possibilities include lower costs, better picture quality, faster performance,  or better space management.

Sensor-shift image stabilization is new technology and we will have to wait for all the details. But all innovation is welcome and we will be delighted to see the results. If Apple is working on it, it is going to be good and we will soon see other manufacturers embrace it.

References

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