UPDATE: Galaxy S8 teardown reveals an unused OIS mechanism in the selfie camera (but not really)

UPDATE: Galaxy S8 teardown reveals an unused OIS mechanism in the selfie camera (but not really)
UPDATE: We received an official response from Samsung, which says that the front-facing camera lacks OIS. The gap that appears to be an OIS system is actually for the auto-focusing lens, since it requires more space than the fixed-focus ones.

It was a well-known fact that Samsung experimented with a large variety of prototypes in order to come up with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Presumably, these featured all kinds of different goodies, both in terms of design and specs. In order to come up with a final product, Samsung had to compromise in some departments, though, just like any other OEM.

Judging by the teardown performed by JerryRigEverything on YouTube, Samsung scrapped a feature that a lot of people would have appreciated. While taking the phone apart, Zack (his real name isn't Jerry) found that the front-facing camera actually has Optical Image Stabilization hardware.

Whether this was something that Samsung wanted from its new selfie snapper, or it was just a coincidence that the chosen hardware had OIS capabilities is still unknown. But it is quite peculiar that the component itself supports OIS, yet this is not mentioned in the specs.

It is also not clear whether Samsung is planning to activate the feature with a software update at some point. In fact, depending on the way the hardware was installed, this could prove harder than pushing a firmware update with the required algorithms for the camera.



via SlashGear

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15 Comments

1. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

2. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I noticed the same thing when i watched the camera review by supersaf but even saf didn't highlight this as a feature in his review.

9. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I think the cameras are better on the S8 but i always take supersaf reviews with a gigantic grain of salt.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Of course. Becaus ethey all show the iPhoen to be terrible at video and photo. His tests are 100% fair, unlike PA's. He mounts the phones ot the same stick. You get to choose what you like. He only tosses in his opnion. He never pans them as fact. Lots of iFans dont liek him because he is 0% biased tpo Apple or Samsung. He just open tests and you choose. His tests opening show the iPhone is not as good as the Galaxy. That's why you dont like it because it doesnt agree with your bias.

3. peace247 unregistered

Ikr...its smooth as a gimbal.

4. peace247 unregistered

Please iphonearena update the article... S8 is clearly using it.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"Apple will probably invent this technology in the future for one of their next iPhones." - JerryRigEverything at 2:02 lol..

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Jerry loves dissing iPhone...he roasts them for the omission of the 3.5mm jack everytime.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And he should. BEcause you can have a nice thin device with it. Apple removed the jack, sealed the home button, and still got a lower IP rating than the S7 which still has a mechnical home button and a headphone jack. It is simply "fair" criticism because all phones work with wireless headphones. There was no reason to remove the jack until there was a better option. Phones dont need ot be thinner That is why the iPhoen battery is so small. Nowhere to put it.

6. h4ck3d

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Just because they didnt mention in the Unpacking, doesnt mean the estabilization didnt work... on my iphone 7 the OIS only works in video... thats a shame...

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Hm...S8+ has a separate module for both the front camera and retina scanner. While S8 has both combined in a module. Because of the size? Wouldn't it be easier for them to make the same module for S8 and S8+?

12. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The normal s8 2 in 1 is harder to make

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

So it doesn't make sense making different types of modules...any one can be used for both...no?

10. HanoiBoi

Posts: 43; Member since: May 05, 2016

Millennial "writers" are ignoramuses.

11. HanoiBoi

Posts: 43; Member since: May 05, 2016

Full name: Gerald Zacariah "Zack" Riggs

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