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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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
G2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(21.3h 3G talk time)

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78 Comments

1. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

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

28. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

60. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

70. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 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

54. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 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.

74. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

4. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 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%"

6. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

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

62. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

When would G3 get launch? Is G2 still LG top dog on sales?

7. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 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.

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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...

11. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

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

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

63. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

14. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

21. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

23. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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

30. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

33. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

43. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

46. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

35. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 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...

32. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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!

34. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

59. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

37. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

38. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

49. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

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