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Poll results: How important is Optical Image Stabilization to you when looking at a smartphone camera?

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Poll results: How important is Optical Image Stabilization to you when looking at a smartphone camera?
With some in the community voicing their displeasure over the fact that HTC, for example, dropped Optical Image Stabilization with its new HTC One M8, we felt like we needed a more general consensus, especially a fair number of flagships still ship without the feature to this day. That includes Sony's Xperia Z2, Samsung's Galaxy S5, Apple's iPhone 5s, and others. So are fans just overreacting, or are people genuinely interested in OIS?

That's what we set out to gauge in our Monday poll. And now is the time to examine the results, and arrive at some sort of a tentative conclusion (i.e. nobody is claiming that this is a 100% representative -- if anything, most consumers don't even know what OIS is and why it's good for both videos and stills). Anyway, it turns out that the majority of you (59.95%) regard OIS highly, while 37.01% of you feel like it's a nice extra. This means only 3.04% of respondents feel like OIS is a waste of manufacturers' resources. Resources, which, the 3-percenters seem to say, are better spent elsewhere.

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How important is Optical Image Stabilization to you when looking at a smartphone camera?
59.98%
986 votes
(986 votes) I regard OIS highly, so it's very important to me
36.98%
608 votes
(608 votes) It's definitely a nice extra, but not a game-changer for me
3.04%
50 votes
(50 votes) I'd rather have manufacturers spend their effort and resources elsewhere

1644 votes

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posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:34

1. walnuttt (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)


recycled post :/

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:44 9

3. Finalflash (Posts: 1872; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


It is the results of the poll, so this is the second posting as always with all poll based articles.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:38 2

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3194; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yaaay Easter is here getting lots of chocolate lol :)

Anyways, OIS is super important in low light and videos. Even though digital stabilization works quite well in video, it crops the image too much.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 08:45 1

4. mayur007 (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Ois is too imp nokia proved so what else req...?

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:01 4

5. tokuzumi (Posts: 336; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


As long as the camera takes good pictures, OIS isn't a requirement.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 09:08 3

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3194; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


But OIS makes excellent even better

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 10:17

7. adecvat (Posts: 135; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


And ruin video record

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 11:14 2

9. bestmvno (Posts: 170; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


No. Perhaps software based does.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 12:58 1

10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3194; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


What? Ruin video????? What are you thinking lol...

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 13:15 1

11. fzacek (Posts: 2094; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Digital image stabilization is the one that ruins video.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 10:51 5

8. jellmoo (Posts: 700; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


OIS is exactly the sort of thing that manufacturers *should* be using. Something that improves on the core experience of the device. Not things like fingerprint scanners, heart rate monitors or an extra focus for gimmicky pictures.

OIS makes the overall device better at one of the key components of a smartphone. I would much rather see devices incorporate things like OIS to make an individual function better, than to pop in things that don't improve the base functionality of a device.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 13:25

12. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


These results tell me people don't know how to take pictures on a smartphone. Stop shaking your hands like you have tremors. It's a nice thing to have but it's proven to be not needed

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 14:19

13. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 May 2012)


So you can control your tiny muscle movements and tissues at a dead standstill? You must be a cyborg then, the rest of us "normal" humans can't

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 15:00

14. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3194; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


"Proven to be not needed"?? Then why all the "real" cameras have them?

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 01:51

15. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


It's important but not a must for me. I welcome camera improvements, but I consider it more important for the sensor, processing performance and optics themselves to be the highest priorities.
OIS is important in phones because they are inherently difficult to hold steady, especially wit their ever thinning bodies... Bringing back camera buttons is a step in the right direction.

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