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Galaxy S5 (Digital Stabilization) vs LG G2 (Optical Image Stabilization): video comparison

Galaxy S5 (Digital Stabilization) vs LG G2 (Optical Image Stabilization): video comparison
A little over a week ago, we had quite a few of our readers nodding their heads in approval when the topic of the relative usefulness of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) in smartphone cameras was raised, and we've definitely been having a kick out of testing the feature. Whether its in a vacuum, or against rivals with or without OIS, the extra has definitely grown on some of us. As it turns out, digging helps, as today we finally have our first upset and exception in the Samsung Galaxy S5.

What do we mean by that? Well, so far, cameras with just Digital Stabilization (DS; i.e. software enhancement, instead of a full-blown mechanical component built into the camera unit) have proven wholly unable to mount a credible attack on OIS -- video footage is just not even close to as steady as with OIS. Surprisingly, however, when we next turned to the Galaxy S5, it actually proved that DS can compete with OIS if done properly, at least when you pit it against the stabilizing module on the LG G2. As you can see from the footage below, the Galaxy S5 produces similarly shake-free footage, at times even proving more suited for the task than the G2. That's nothing short of amazing, and adds another dimension to Samsung's current top dog.

Of course, OIS has its uses beyond video capture -- when the OIS module compensates for the natural tremor in your hands, it allows the algorithms governing the camera to shoot at slower shutter speeds. That's at least how it works in theory with traditional DSLRs -- we don't actually have the data to confirm if such fine-tuning is actually going on in, say, the LG G2. Anyhow, go ahead and take a look, and make sure to share your reactions below.

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posted on 24 Apr 2014, 07:57 20

1. FriendsOfSamsung (unregistered)


Galaxy s5 period, much clearer and sharper image despite of stabilization

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:51 2

28. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4408; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I am very impressed with the Galaxy S5... Now I am REALLY interested to see a S5 VS. G3 VS. Z2...

That will be the TOP dog stabilization dog fight for sure.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 15:38 1

60. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5952; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


G2 (almost 1 yr old) vs GS5, I would expect GS5 to be competitive. Do a re-test when G3 ships. Then it will be an apples-to-apples comparison.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 07:33

70. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


almost 1 year old?!?! it is 6 months old man, so when the g3 is launched sammy people can say that G5 is "almost one year old" and we may never have a "apples-to-apples" comparison

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 10:49 1

54. Joshua9007 (Posts: 80; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Some situations like walking, the S5 prevailed... but I thought the G2 was better with stairs and similar in many situations like driving. But I think that the video was sharper for the G2 in all situations! Better details and contrast for the G2, while the S5 seamed to be softer and with less detail. This might be due to using the digital stabilization and the software having to compensate, while the G2 uses a mechanical system not needing to dedicate camera resources to stabilization.
While I agree that the Digital stabilization on the S5 slightly outperforms the OIS of the G2, I still prefer the picture of the G2.

It would be nice if they could have a video using a non-stabilized camera (iphone or otherwise) so we could see how both perform compared to one without stabilization... Although this might make some people motion sick, lol.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 12:51

74. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 186; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


This comparison is based on a ridiculous test. Anyone that has ever owned stabilized lenses on their DSLR knows that stabilization does little when the entire camera is moving violently or excessively. Stabilization is meant to compensate for hand shaking while trying to hold the camera steadily in a static position. It does little when dealing with the camera moving about in all directions. The only optical stabilization I've seen that does an OK job with excessive movement is the Active VR on Nikon lenses. So really what this test shows is that OIS has the same limits it always has.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 07:59 16

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3297; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


PA. Why can't you upload the video about digital stabilization of Z2, M8 and S5? I even tipped it to you it came like a week ago... And there has been discussion about it in the comment sections here. Maybe because the Z2 had the best stabilization you can't post it lol.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:03 4

4. LoveHater (Posts: 161; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


definately ,,they are comparing it with on gen old G2,,,

When G3 will be launched then they would compare it Note 4/5..
"Partial-iPhonearen%"

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:04 4

6. LoveHater (Posts: 161; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


Holy cow,,, IPHONEAREN% is an Offensive word ,,can't even type it full

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 20:57

62. joey_sfb (Posts: 3227; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


When would G3 get launch?

Is G2 still LG top dog on sales?

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:04 20

7. Chris.P (Posts: 305; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


I never really understood why some people keep reinforcing upon themselves the idea of some great conspiracy taking place.

The Z2 is not in these comparisons, because the Z2 hasn't arrived for review yet. It really is as simple as that. Once it does, and it goes through higher-prio content creation, it'll be free enough for me to take it out for a spin.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:08 4

8. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3297; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yeah, but you guys are able to post stuff that other sites/people have done. You post lots of articles about news and tests that ARE NOT made buy you guys. So, why not this one? It would make a perfect little article. But if no then I guess no. I can't really do anything for it...

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:14 4

11. hassoups (Posts: 384; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


Why don't you go read it elsewhere? My God, or read what the guy said and wait. Silently.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:16 3

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3297; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I read it many times already lol. But it would be nice if PA posted it too and so many more people could read about it. After all, that's what Internet is all about: sharing information.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:07

63. joey_sfb (Posts: 3227; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Maybe ArtSim98 would like to sponsor a Z2 for review. I learn one thing Samsung hater are illogical and filled with bitterness.

This article just say that Samsung digital is good comparable to LG hardware OIS.

My bet is always on software done right as the world is driven by them. Hardware are inflexible, doing dedicated task. Need to reconstruction to do new things.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:17 3

14. tech2 (Posts: 2442; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


So why do you want PA to post the news if you already know that news ?!

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:23 3

18. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3297; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Just said it in the comment you answered to. And then why is there that "Tip us" button? Because I can't tip them something if I don't already know about. So to tip them I have to know the news or whatever information already.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:30 5

21. tech2 (Posts: 2442; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Exactly. So use that 'Tip Us' button instead of spamming the articles with off-topic comments and blaming PA.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:36 2

23. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3297; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


LMFAO you're running low today. Second time in the same article you ask me something I have already answered to... I said "I even tipped it to you" in the comment #2.... So yes, I have already tipped it. And it was already a week ago

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:59 1

30. tech2 (Posts: 2442; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Re-read the comment. I said if you've news use the 'Tip-Us' link. If then PA don't post your link don't spam articles calling PA bias.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:07 2

33. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3297; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Ummm. You never said that lol. It must be late in your country. Get some sleep and try again tomorrow when you have regained your energy. I know you can do better than this. You said INSTEAD of commenting about it I should go with the "Tip us". I went for that. And then I mentioned it in comments because I'm just curious to know why they didn't post it.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:45 1

43. tech2 (Posts: 2442; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Lol.....Wow ...Just Wow !

How difficult is it to understand plain english. Instead means 'in place of' but you did BOTH i.e. tip and comment ! Thats what I am pointing out. If tip doesn't work don't troll articles.

'And then I mentioned it in comments because I'm just curious to know why they didn't post it.'
Your tone was far from curious. A curious person raises a question whereas you just blamed PA.

'nuff said.

P.S.: Stop overusing ~'LOL' makes you look like a douche.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 10:00 1

46. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3297; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


If you say "Do that instead of this", it basically means I should do that now because I still haven't, but I have. Sorry if I didn't understand what you meant, but that's how it is.

I did raise a question. It was the first (well actually second, but first had only 2 letters) sentence. After that, I tried to make it clear what I meant by saying that I had even tipped it and there had been discussion about it in the comment sections of PA. That "Maybe because the Z2 had the best stabilization you can't post it lol" was a little "practical joke" to the end. I wasn't attempting to insult PA. Sorry, if someone misunderstood me.

And, out of 9 comments, I used "lol" in 3 ones in this article. I don't think it's overusing at all. Guess that depends on the perspective though.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:15 2

35. bachir8k (Posts: 101; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


anyway this comparison is between OIS and DIS and not DIS vs DIS, i was amazed how the DS on the S5 produced such as quality, i guess OIS only good in small moves or small hand shakes but software algorithm is much better in bigger shakes...

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:03 1

32. SellPhones82 (Posts: 565; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Do you have a Z2 to send them? Aren't they having issues even producing the phone due to shortages? How about to tell Sony to get their ish straight so we can stop seeing everyone cry about the not comparing 2014 flagships to the Z2!

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:12 2

34. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3297; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


They don't need to have a Z2 to post that article. It's already done by someone else now PA could just share it with everyone like they do many times a day.

No matter how hard I cried, it wouldn't help them produce the phone faster. It's their own duty to solve. But to PA i can tip something for them to post. Simple as that. In PA I can have some influence, in Sony corporations manufacturing issues I can't.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 14:17

59. SellPhones82 (Posts: 565; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I think the point of this was to do a comparison of two phones shooting video at the same place and time. Yes, they could post this video you speak of but we'd have nothing to compare it to to see how it performs against the other 2014 flagships. They'd need the phone in had in order to do that. PA always seems to do their own camera quality tests since you never know what others may have done to devices to increase or decrease the quality.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:19 1

37. shuaibhere (Posts: 1673; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


The point of this article that DS can beat OIS if properly implemented...so these two phones where enough...

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:23 2

38. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3297; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


That's why I said they should post an article about that. Plus, they should have posted it a week ago already, long before this was published. Plus number two, even if DIS is as stable as OIS, the field of view is a lot smaller.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 10:05 1

49. shuaibhere (Posts: 1673; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Sure they'll compare all the major flagships later...
But I agree with you...they leave xperia phones in some camera comparisons...

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 07:30 1

69. ivanprskalo (Posts: 117; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


Leave it, PhoneArena is Samsung lovers, they are paid to advertise how good Samsung phones are and they try to be like non-biased on surface (they also do the same with the Apple phones/products...).
PA is obviously bought by Samsung...
I saw numerous videos showing that S5 have lousy video stabilization.
Also, I did it for myself - yesterday!! This same comparison. I have G2 and I went to store and did little live action comparison and in short - came up with opposite results that this above...
Who's to say that on the right is G2?

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:01 3

3. LoveHater (Posts: 161; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


But i like Lg colour,contrast brightness much better than Samsung,sammy does have good stabilsation
Despite it being 1 Generation behind S5

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:58

45. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Samsung haters even his eyes do not trust

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:24

71. refillable (Posts: 673; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Do you know what an Opinion means?

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:03 13

5. rantao333 (Posts: 276; Member since: 21 May 2013)


LG g2 FTW

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:10 11

9. FriendsOfSamsung (unregistered)


Are you from other planet or what? Because here, Samsung rules

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:14 8

12. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3297; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Only in sales numbers and marketing.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:21 7

17. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 554; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Samsung rules? Not in camera, design & build quality, and sound quality. But they're very well balanced.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:25

72. refillable (Posts: 673; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


PC Rulz!

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:11

10. aayupanday (Posts: 527; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Interested in OIS Plus

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:18 1

15. mturby (unregistered)


u better dont touch nokias camera patents sammy

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:19 1

16. mturby (unregistered)


or nokia is gonna sue the hell out of u.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:24 5

19. FriendsOfSamsung (unregistered)


No one care about Nokia anyway, so save your breath mate

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 19:50

61. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3728; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Nokia is dead and gone. It is Microsoft Mobile now. To go a little further than FOS, people care even less now. The tiny bit of sympathy they used to have for Nokia wasn't part of the acquisition. Sorry.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:25 9

20. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 142; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Bit*h please, Xperia Z2 completely obliterates S5, and HTC M8 in terms of video stabilization..

See it for yourself

http://www.xperiablog.net/2014/04/19/xperia-z2-image-stabilisation-compared-against-htc-one-m8-and-galaxy-s5/#comment-1346853269

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:48 3

26. limporgyuk (Posts: 156; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Thanks for the link, most interesting. You are absolutely right,

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:34 2

40. maherk (Posts: 1196; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Xperiablog? How credible!!!

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:44 4

41. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 444; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Open the link. The video is not done by XperiaBlog. Click before you comment negatives.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:45 5

42. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3297; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Xperiablog isn't a biased site. They post Xperia related articles, whether they are positive or negative. That test was not made by Xperiablog (they don't make their own tests). It was made by Mobilegeeks.de.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 22:23

65. joey_sfb (Posts: 3227; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


You are a Samsung hater! Nothing you say about Samsung matters.

I like Sony since PS1but my principal is always to buy a brand that gives me the best value. Samsung is just that. Plenty of features I world use , a support center near both my home and workplace.

Every Samsung device come with plenty of free gifts so that I keep buying Samsung. Really to buy Sony or LG or HTC I will get less value.

That's why the world choose Samsung over others.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 11:55 4

58. PunyPoop (Posts: 741; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


The review were performed by Mobiles Geek FYI..

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 10:05

48. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


High amplitude at S5, fake test

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 10:06

51. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


Also better colors and sharper detail at S5

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 10:15

52. Genza (Posts: 271; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


It is not surprising that the Z2 has better video stabilization than the S5 or M8.
Because as far as i know Sony Digital SteadyShot is one of the best video stabilization, just look at the latest Sony action cam.
The digital SteadyShot requires the pixel count to be increased to allow the image to move on the sensor while keeping reference points within the boundaries of the capture chip.
So in theory Z2 video stabilization will always be better than the S5.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 10:21 1

53. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Not at all. LOL
And don't send us som xperia bloggers links, like a prove, LOL
Should we go now to Cult Of Mac, instead, to read which phone has best camera????

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 10:57

55. Genza (Posts: 271; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


If you read the article you would realize that the video is not come from xperia blog.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ezvq6DLn3ho

When it comes to camera DoXMark is much more trusted than PA, GSMA and several other sites.
http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:50 2

27. Beijendorf (Posts: 327; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Hey Chris, I couldn't help but to notice the cameras seeming to point in different directions during the filming.

Did you not hold them together to ensure they endured the exact same vibrations, or is it just a function of some weird digital stabilisation trick?

I ask because depending on prefered arm, you stabilise it differently yourself. It could also be subconscious preferential treatment. Holding the devices together in an overlapping fashion negates this effect.

As many variabels relating to human error and bias needs to be excluded as possible.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:01 2

31. Chris.P (Posts: 305; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


The device were, in fact, overlapping.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 09:16

36. Beijendorf (Posts: 327; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Great, thanks!

That's some Grade A stabilisation trick in motion then.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 11:19 1

56. pixel8or (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


Agree. Seems like the testing methodology was a little inadequate. Mounting both on a board, and holding the board would have been a better test.

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