Could some of Sony's upcoming Xperia smartphones have cameras with optical image stabilization?

Could some of Sony's upcoming Xperia smartphones have cameras with optical image stabilization?
Despite the fact that some smartphone vendors are using Sony-made camera sensors with optical image stabilization (Samsung, for example, has equipped the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge with Sony Exmor IMX240 sensors), Sony's own Xperias feature cameras that lack OIS. However, this might change in the near future.

ON Semiconductor demoed a new low-cost optical image stabilization solution at MWC 2015, saying that this doesn't need "a microprocessor or expensive software," instead using an optical image stabilization driver. As you can see in the video embedded below, a ON Semiconductor official is mentioning that the company's OIS solution can be "very successful in phones that are not just inexpensive, but also very expensive, like the Sony Xperia for example, or some of the expensive phones coming from Korean makers in this day and age." While this is far from being a confirmation of any kind, at least it means that Sony could consider adding OIS to future Xperias at no significant extra costs.

One of the upcoming Sony handsets that we hope to get a camera with OIS (be it from ON Semiconductor, or not) is the Xperia Z4, which should be released this summer. What do you think, should the Z4 feature an OIS camera, or is Sony's SteadyShot image stabilization solution enough?



via: Xperia Blog

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24 Comments

1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The z4 just needs a lot better camera than the 3 and yes it needs ois. it also needs shortened top and bottom bezels which would happen if they ditch the front stereo speakers (I think they should) and they dont need to use the sd810 because it sucks also sony needs to get there phones on all major carriers in the us

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's about time. I was disappointed that the Z3 didn't have it. If it did it would have performed a hell lot better than it does now.

4. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Z3 slow to focus and overexposes images and i hate the oversharpening algorithm IPhone 6+ and note four camera FTW (if you ignore lumias)

10. BruceLeeRoyJenkins

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

The whole focusing in general just isn't anywhere near consistent or close to other flagships. Other devices you can see it focus on the area you want, the lighting changes if it needs to, the object comes in more clearer. The M7, M8, G3, 1020, iPhone 6, and all other flagships do this with relative ease. Where the Z3 needs to be positioned at different angles to force it to get the shot wanted.

22. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Note 4 oversharpens like CRAZY

6. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

a mere addition of OIS is not enough, it takes much more to achieve a great camera performance, yet the sony mobile division just assemble the parts together and call it the best camera phone in a waterproof smartphone, technically true, practically misleading. I'm a sony fan and am typing this on my z3tc, while the battery is commendable, the aspect they emphasize in promotion the most turns out to be the most disappointing.

21. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I would be lying if I said the camera on my phone is perfect, but the DIS is actually one thing that amaze me. I made a video walking with a Nexus 5 and my Z3c, both fixed together and the digital stabilisation of Sony was better than the OIS on the Nexus. Only a tad narrower

3. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Sony being jackass by selilng other OEM OIS yet not using OIS in their own smartphone

15. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

sony only sells them SENSORS, not the lenses combos or the modules which have the actual OIS ability

5. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

It would be great. I really havent been impressed with any of the hardware OIS cameras out there. I think Apples digital OIS takes the lead.

7. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

SteadyShot digital stabilisation already keeps up with normal OIS and only Xperias maintaining digital stabilisation at UHD video resolution unlike other phones. Adding OIS would be awesome and would probably produce the most stable video! As long as they're at least taking the extra time to get their camera software right, that's good enough too.

13. mixedfish

Posts: 1557; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Correct, digital stabilization on a fixed wide lens is more or less as good as OIS, on a blind test you wouldn't be able to tell. The only problem is that the image becomes cropped and it's scaled down to 8mp, however the advantage is that you cut out corner distortion only use the center of the image which is the sharpest. I'd say right now the only thing that makes digital stabilization not so good on the Xperia is that you lose features like ISO control or being able to take full 20mp photos.

8. zurichisbest

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Sony's steadyshot already proved itself Ois wud be awesome Hope it features phase detection

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes come with OIS and proper camera software optimizations and you will rock. Your Lollipop UI looks better than previous one.

11. der3331

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The question is: Will it support 120fps video recording?

14. mixedfish

Posts: 1557; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

It already does?

12. Simona unregistered

Sony needs to bring amazing products and cheap or they will go ..

16. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

In my opinion, First they need to revamp their image processing algorithm. They can probably get some clue from their camera division. SA mode of Xperia is crap. But without knowing photography, use of manual mode also won't help. They need to address this first before they go for additional hardware enhancement like OIS.

17. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

All I could hear is " extremely expensive and works like a charm" .For some reason best software based image stabilisation programs I've seen I never seen after they successfully been tested and showed off. Even beating Nokia's OIs and Iphones software back in 2012-13. Developers could have easily bought out by tech industry behemoths so they can take advantage of it by not providing this opportunity to OEm's for instance .

18. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

if sony included a OIS in Z4 then everything will change.blowing note 4 to s6 out of the game..remember 20.7 is a monster.

19. faddi

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

The Z3's camera is already one of the best when in Manual Mode. The only thing it actually lacks is OIS, although the software stabilization does a very good job.

23. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

steadyshot honestly seems to be better than my Lumia 1020's OIS

20. karamelakimo

Posts: 109; Member since: May 26, 2014

I think steady shot is already great for stabilization anyway and that's proved in may videos before but of course OIS will make it even better

24. JKauzer

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

good news. I'm looking forward to Z4

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