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How important is Optical Image Stabilisation?

With the iPhone 6 not having OIS, but the iPhone 6 Plus having it:

How important is Optical Image Stabilisation?

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 12, 2014 at 20:19

It depends. More factors are important in smartphone cameras. Such as auto-focus/focus speed, exposure speed. Saving the image etc etc...
I cannot guess how many great shots I missed because the excellent Lumia 1020 and 1520 are just too fr*gging slow. OIS or not - I'd rather have a less than perfect show, than nothing...
The iPhone 5S has no OIS, but via hard- and software trickery it compensates pretty well. Dito the One M8. If you like pretty landscape shots or pictures of things that do not move, the Lumias with OIS beat everything else in a smartphone. But action shots? iPhone 5S and Htc One M7/M8 are your choice. I trust the iPhone 6 will be at least as good as the 5S - which is to say: good. The iPhone 6 Plus? Who knows? New tech, new OS version....

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 12, 2014 at 21:24

To be clear: I' m not saying the Lumia Pureview cameras are slow because of OIS....
But: it seems all smartphone cams have a weak area. One M8 e.g. high contrast areas. iPhone 5S burst images... Lumias: focus and exposure lag. Etc etc.... I sometimes wonder if they have secret deals with camera makers.... ;)

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