LG V10 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus: video stabilization quality comparison

LG V10 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus: video stabilization quality comparison

The LG V10 and Apple's iPhone 6s Plus have two of the best cameras of any smartphone: both can capture video in super sharp 4K resolution and both support optical image stabilization plus some software tricks to get rid of shakiness in videos.

The LG V10 in particular features what LG refers to as OIS 2.0, an improved version of its optical stabilization system that the V10 shares with the G4, and both build over the LG G3, which had what LG calls OIS+. The difference OIS 2.0 makes is an additional, third, Z-axis of stabilization over the X and Y axes on OIS+. Stabilization in the X and Y axes has also been improved and added better stabilization for abrupt movements.

The iPhone 6s Plus also has an optical stabilization system that it uses in concert with software-based stabilization for the final video.

While this is all technical talk, what really matters is which of the two, the LG V10 or Apple iPhone 6s Plus, records smoother video with better video stabilization? We compare them side to side to see the actual difference, and it is immediately obvious that despite all the talk about OIS 2.0, video recording from the iPhone 6s Plus looks noticeably better stabilized. Just simply walking results in a noticeable shake especially noticeable towards the corners of the video on the V10, while the iPhone looks equally well stabilized across the whole frame.

Check out the side-by-side comparison right below.

Related phones

V10
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(12h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2750 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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34 Comments

1. Xperia14

Posts: 1192; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Now against the Z5.

22. buccob

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

In this video the iPhone did a better job, but the Audio is absolutely CRAP... however against an Xperia would be very similar... the 4K+DIS on my Z3 Compact comes very close to OIS if not better than some... the trade is, of course, a smaller field of view, but since the lens is wider, it doesn't affect as much. For 1080p recording the Intelligent DIS system on Xperia is very nice, it can discern between high and low frequency movements, so it can record smoothly walking and running on the same video... I've tried it and its very cool

23. French_Toast

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

To be honest both are horrible!

35. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 951; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Both are horrible because this test goes far beyond what OIS is meant to do. This test is like firing a pellet gun at a phone screen to test toughness: every phone fails. Just as this test breaks the capabilities limit of OIS. It's not meant to dampen complete device movement, especially while walking. It's meant to stabilize slight movements, like when you're holding the device to take a video or picture. This test only shows that anyone can do a ridiculous test to show that nothing works right.

34. Remmy

Posts: 187; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Is it just me, or the Z5 is always left out on comparisons like this. It will always be inferior against the "big 2" in their eyes anyway lol.

2. w1000i

Posts: 229; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

comparing with 4K video to judge video stabilization is not right, because few people use 4K and stabilization may not work in 4K like FullHD

4. Victor.H

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 27, 2011

If many people own a phone capable of recording 4K videos and don't shoot in 4K, they better start doing so, the quality of 4K video is so much better than 1080p. We have done direct comparisons and the difference, especially in sharpness, but also in color, is noticeable easily even when you view the video on a 1080p monitor.

6. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Many can`t use OIS in 4K(restricted) that`s prob why..also it takes s*itload of space! but yeah, you are correct, it`s better sharpness

14. TyrionLannister unregistered

Every OIS powered phone except iPhone 6 plus uses OIS in 4k. However, very few use OIS + DIS in 4K.

7. Plutonium239

Posts: 1081; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

4k eats up storage space, and on devices with non-expandable memory(Iphones) it is a major issue. Plus recording 4k is rather pointless unless you are going to play it back on a 4k display or you want to be able to zoom in on the video without loosing a lot of quality(up to a certain point).

9. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeh it's a bit silly having a 4K camera an not recording in 4K. Ps. I'm not an ifan but the iphone definitely wins here.

17. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yup, iPhone definitely looks more stable here. That FoV though.

11. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

The advanced DIS on the Sony Z series works far better than both of these. Plus, how many have 4K monitors to play 4K videos? Record in the resolution you plan to playback in, since nobody has that much space to be storing huge 4K videos of rather meaningless things...like walking up and down stairs :-(

27. vincelongman

Posts: 5559; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I prefer recording in 1080p at 60 fps IMO the smoothness improvement and less motion blur is a more noticed improvement than 4K Hopefully this year we get phones that can record 4K at 60 fps

3. aspleme

Posts: 30; Member since: May 18, 2014

This doesn't appear to be using a rig to test stabilization like most videos. Both phones have been out for a bit long for it to be worth rushing a video out without proper setup. Hand holding the phones is highly flawed.

8. Plutonium239

Posts: 1081; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The person doing the test could have purposely shook the v10 more than the Iphone.

26. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

When i look at most video test of the camera video on the V10 on youtube i also feel the same way.

5. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

They both suck....

10. Blest42188

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

The Lgv10s IOS doesn't even work with 4k video. I'm checking right now. There is no option, not even in manual mode.

12. tedkord

Posts: 16978; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why wouldn't it? If it's OIS, it's mechanical, the lens is floating.

13. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Limitations? I don`t know, you just can`t..same with S6

15. TyrionLannister unregistered

You're wrong. You can use OIS on S6. DIS on S6 doesn't work on 4k though.

24. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

must have mixed those 2 up, but thanx for clearing that up for me.

30. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

i6+ OIS also cant work on video recording (resolution doesnt matter)

18. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3927; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Pa just do the test over in 1080p just to shut everyone up, if the iphone wins then you were right and ois works in 4k on the v10.

19. celinedion

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 19, 2016

This is a cheap trick everyone always do when they are paid. First, at 4k, no phone currently right now can stabilize it digitally. Try to make out full HD or 2k. And don't shake purposely one of the tested device, it really shows, the camera work still but the body of it is shaken, not otherwise. And try to shoot text or spinning round motion, lg is do much better

20. Unordinary unregistered

The fact that I can sprint full speed and recorded a barely shaky video is amazing. Thank you Apple.

21. celinedion

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 19, 2016

This is a cheap trick everyone always do when they are paid. First, at 4k, no phone currently right now can stabilize it digitally. Try to make out full HD or 2k. And don't shake purposely one of the tested device, it really shows, the camera work still but the body of it is shaken, not otherwise. And try to shoot text or spinning round motion, lg is do much better

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Strange all video i look at on youtube of the V10 none are shaky like this one 1080p or 4k alike. Still iphone 6S plus take the best 4k video i ever saw ( yep i said it ) Still the Z5 is superior to V10 and almost as good as the iphone 6S plus look at this link around 4 min mark for the comparison between both.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GolO4yvSqLM

32. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

nice share, both have equally great OIS, but Z5 have better quality and focus speed.. V10 vids in this article is totally scam, maybe actualy they test i6s vs i6s+ lol

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