These days everyone is fond of photography, there were times when only a few people around you would be seen doing photography through their DLSRs and Point & Shoot cameras. But this is the era of smartphone cameras now, which has seen a tremendous amount of smartphone users sharing billions of pictures over the apps like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Now it is the time we explore which smartphones have the Optical Image Stabilization feature to offer. Initially, this feature was only limited to only selected high-end smartphones, but mobile vendors are now aware of their users demand of a better camera features on their smartphones.
The latest flagships of Samsung, the Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge are the talk of the town these days. And why shouldn’t they, as they pack heavy set of features and have capability to beat its competition. Let’s talk about the Camera feature on these devices. Since, they sport same camera modules; we have kept this device together. The 16MP camera module on rear features an Optical Image Stabilization support, which allows them to take photos without any shake. This is most helpful when you’re taking videos, that too at some zooming levels. The OIS would try to remove vibrations from video while you’re recording it. To know more about it, read our camera review of the same.
The last year’s phablet king is still uncrowned, as there is still no one can beat its hardware specs. This was the first smartphone in the Note series to have an OIS support on its massive 16MP camera module while the Note 3’s camera featured digital image stabilization. It’s curvier sibling, the Note Edge packs the same camera module and features OIS too, in case if you like the idea of having an unusual form factor. We reviewed the device couple of months back; you can check out a review of the Galaxy Note 4 to learn more about its camera capabilities.
This is one of the heaviest smartphones Samsung has ever made, which is all because of the 20.7MP G lens, and it is pretty much capable of taking any type of photography. Moreover, the 10x optical zoom and optical image stabilization combination is something of a more effective team up. So, no worries about losing focus on your moving subject while taking photos or shooting videos. Though, what’s more, interesting is that you can easily just turn off the feature when you are using a tripod or some solid support. You can know its camera capabilities once you read about it in our full review.
When Apple announced it’s new iPhone 6 & 6 Plus last year, it was thought that Cupertino giant would be opting for Optical image stabilization on its new smartphones. Eventually, it did, but only on a bigger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus. The optically stabilized 8MP camera is capable to shoot videos without any shakes at all. To learn more about it, read our detailed review of the iPhone 6 Plus.
While G2 was the first smartphone sporting an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on a 13MP camera, which was a great smartphone camera. But the G3 packs an improved OIS+ on its new camera module, which also packs a laser auto focus feature, making a killer combination of optical stabilization and faster focusing feature. Learn more about it in the detailed camera review of the G3 on our site.
Nexus models are known for its good camera capabilities, and the last Nexus we saw was also sporting one of the best cameras in the high-end category. We are talking about Nexus 6, which packs 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 lens and the Optical Images Stabilization support. OIS lets increase the exposure time without resulting in blur images, which is most probably, caused by vibration in your hand.
This is a phablet launched by Lenovo last year and still make noise in the high-end smartphone segment with its 16MP camera module having an Optical Image Stabilization feature. The camera is capable to record 2160p video recording at 30fps. We tested out the camera and were stunned by its outputs. You can learn more
Nokia Lumia 830 / 930 / 1020 / 1520
Nokia may have exited the mobile business for now, but they surely have left behind the legacy with its powerful Lumia series smartphones. And the Nokia Lumia 930 is one of them. The 20MP rear camera on the device packs great set of features, and one of them is the Optical Image Stabilization. The OIS feature allows the 6-lens optics on the camera module to take perfect shots with long exposure and thus fewer blur photos. While 930 is not the only Lumia device, Nokia has left as a legacy. There are Lumia 830, 1020 and 1520, which serves great for photography enthusiasts with a need of smartphone. But, of course, these devices sport different camera modules but all of them boast OIS feature.
This is a smartphone with beastly specifications that can knock your socks off. But more interesting is the 13MP rear camera that comes with Optical Image Stabilization and moreover has capabilities to shoot 4K and Slow-motion videos too. To make sure that this would be a camera-centric smartphone, ZTE, tried to add as many as shooting modes to its camera app.
This is in fact Vivo’s only smartphone sporting one of the best 13 MP cameras the lens featured in this module is of f/1.8 aperture. The Optical Image Stabilization makes it even better camera phone. Moreover, it packs 6-element lens, dual-tone LED flash and many modes to lighten up the photos.
The above list is a collection of smartphones from tier 1 brands, as well as there are few exceptions too, where we felt like they deserved the spot. There might be few devices in the market that we may have missed, if you came across any devices, then do recommend the same in the comments section below and we would add those devices in the above list.