Google Pixel and Pixel XL don’t feature OIS contrary to rumours

Contrary to what appeared listed on Carphone Warehouse’s website, both new Google Pixel phones will not ship with OIS, or Optical Image Stabilization or even expandable storage for that matter.

There is no optical image stabilization but Google has added a new gyroscope-based video stabilization system that reads gyro data 200 times a second for smoother panning and shake-free handheld recording.

The camera can record 4K video, and in stills mode Google’s excellent HDR+ mode is on by default, using an image stacking approach to reduce noise and capture better detail. In addition Pixel owners can store unlimited full-size images in Google’s cloud service.

OIS is generally considered to be better than EIS, or Electronic Image Stabilization, if for no other reason than the fact that a hardware solution is keeping the physical camera sensor in place instead of just a digital algorithm doing it virtually. And when Google talked about the highest DxOMark rating ever for a smartphone camera, it seemed clear the Google was banking on the camera as a selling point for the Pixel with an overall score of 89, beating out the iPhone 7 by a whopping 3 points.

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This score includes a stabilization score of 91, which is perplexing given that Google isn’t using OIS. This means that Google must have some incredible trickery at hand and is utilizing a brand new way to stabilize images, as results we’ve seen in previous generations of EIS from any company simply don’t match up to what OIS can bring.


As such, the lack of OIS is really puzzling especially because Google devoted time to brag about the Pixel’s image stabilization during video. Google showed two clips one with stabilization turned on and one with stabilization turned off and the difference was stark. Given the rumours about Pixels having OIS it wasn’t much surprise then, but it is surprising now to know that they only have EIS.

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According to The Verge, which had an in-depth interview with Google regarding their latest products, Google has “tied the camera to the gyroscope to eliminate the hand-shake “jelly” effect in video.” It’s not completely clear exactly what this means, but this sounds a lot like electronic image stabilization to me. Something like Sony’s 5 axis stabilization.


Some manufacturers, like Samsung and LG, have opted for a combination of OIS and EIS over the years, essentially providing a one-two punch situation to tackle every obstacle that might make your camera’s video jittery or shaky.

Source : The Verge


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