Here's why Apple iPhone 4S video stabilization makes a difference

Here's why Apple iPhone 4S video stabilization makes a difference
The iPhone 4S comes with an improved backside illuminated, 8-megapixel camera and it’s not just the sheer pixels that Apple has worked on - the overall quality looks much better. This is partly thanks to a larger f/2.4 aperture allowing more light in for the densely packed pixels, but also because of a fifth lens element included. One of the not so obvious improvements is the addition of video stabilization

You’d think, it wouldn’t be such a big deal as the iPhone 4 should be doing a decent job shooting video. But wait until you see the comparison below, which outlines a world of a difference. Sure, the iPhone 4S is no replacement for a video camera but the reality is that it’s much more convenient to shoot with your phone and that’s where a big part of online footage comes from. 

The stabilization you see on the 4S is digital and that means that quality will get degraded. You won’t notice it too much given the fact that you have 1080p video recording but still. 

Should camera makers start getting worried about their most affordable point-and-shoots getting replaced by a smartphone? Feel free to chime in with your impressions about how has your smartphone replaced your camera (if it has). 

source: dvice via TUAW

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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5 inches
    960 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A5, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • OS iOS 9.x



23. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Is it me or does the iPhone 4 video (first one) looked really, really shaky? The rest weren't that bad. Just the first one.

19. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

umm the degradation is pretty obvious. the whites became yellow

16. sebaa

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 30, 2009

Iphone 4S camera is from Sony sooo... go Sony :)

9. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Would be nice to see the 4S video camera (and stills) compared to a Samsung Galaxy SII, and latest HTC champ. This would be a more true test to how it compares to currently available handsets. And/or test against a Canon 60D DSLR video. Time for another blind camera-phone (video camera phone) test!

24. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

26. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Nice! Thanks for your link! Looks like the SGSII and iPhone 4S are both excellent still and video cameras in normal conditions, and the Bionic is great for video in low light. I would have liked to see more examples of moving the phones around during video (to see the bubble effect). Hard to do that in a "controlled" environment I guess. Looks like the 4S's camera may not be advanced at all compared to current top handsets, but it certainly keeps up.

8. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I want to post to the pictures taken with cell phone. How do i submit?

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You can upload them to photobucket and then link them

15. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

thank you

7. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Nice comparison. You can also tell that the colors and contrast is better on the 4S. Look at how much greener the grass looks in the shot from inside the window. The "bubble effect" (rubber band effect when moving the camera side-to-side) is definitely noticeable on the 4, but not the 4S.

6. Ixchnel

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Still bring my canon s90 whenever there is a possibility I may be taking pics. I've tried taking pics with the phone but have been overwhelmingly unimpressed. Camera phones definitely need larger sensors. Maybe canon/panasonic will decide to join the phone game?

12. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

see altek leo. nokia has also had near p&s quality cameras. oh and there are any number of tripods and zoom lenses for the iphone:

4. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

I'm wondering how they took video of 'exactly' the same things and if it was at the same time. Anyhow, if it works that well, definitely impressive tech,

5. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Looks like they simply had the phones side-by-side and hit record at the same time.

14. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

That's what I figured based on the images. As long as one arm doesn't shake violently more than the other. :)

3. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Smartphones nowadays are made with decent camera, one maybe better than another but they all shoot decent pictures and not a big deal towards one another. If I wanna shoot great quality of pictures I'd still take a DSLR. Phones might have DSLR-quality pictures in the future but not today.

2. Cyd07

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Smartphones are good at nothing for videos. Affordable point-n-shoot neither... But for photos a small point-n-shoot at 100€ (in France) is worth the price. My GF has a canon around this price, it's far far better than any smartphone camera I've seen. Maybe in 3 or 4 years we will replace this P&S with smartphones...hem wait...for photos, isn't the size of the sensor one of the main (the main ?) thing to take in account ? Sorry, smartphones users... It's this :

18. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Depends on perspective. For instance, I have never owned a dedicated video camera, so having a quality video camera on a smart phone is's with me all the time and eliminates the need for me to buy a dedicated video camera. This may change when I have kids, but a good Canon DSLR takes pretty amazing 1080p video...coupled with a telephoto lens, it captures amazing action video (kids' soccer games). From my perspective, it doesn't really make sense to buy a stand-alone video camera.

20. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

95% or more people want a camera to take a picture and it show everyone in the picture clearly. Same with video. We're moving away from dedicated cameras and video cameras towards most people just using their smartphone. I know my best friend won't because he's a photo major. The vast majority of people think its extremely convenient to have a phone that can literally do everything minus blend margaritas. Same goes for me, I know camera and video cam quality when I see it but what they are cranking out on these new phones are more than good enough for the general non-photographer population.

21. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

Sorry smart phone users? You say this like everyone is now going to stop using their smart phone for pictures and video because you said it's not worth while.

22. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

you dummie.. the cameras dont make calls and dont have internet access, no sms, no chat, no nothing! only photos.. so.. i prefer very decent photos and videos with all those features than just take photos and videos only.. open your eyes to the future grampa..

10. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I own the iPhone 4, but prior to this its been Android. I have the Atrix, G2 and Droid X. All cameras were good but not up to the iPhone 4. However, SGS2 its same if not better than my iPhone 4. I am looking to sell my iPhone 4 and get a SGS2 because as you stated no lag and it smokes on speed.

17. TheEclectic

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

You should compare it to the 4s - the camera speed/quality are really good as well. Not sure how it stacks up against the S2, though.

25. WhoWeTalkinBout

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Three different Androids on three different carriers. You either buy phones full price or you break a lot of contracts or you are full of it.

11. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

I shot some 720 footage over the weekend and I can't believe how non-jerky the video came out. The GS1 recordings were decent enough but the GS2's are actually good.

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