Lack of parts from vendors force Samsung to put the kibosh on OIS for Samsung Galaxy Note III?

Lack of parts from vendors force Samsung to put the kibosh on OIS for Samsung Galaxy Note III?
Optical Image Stabilization has become a must-have feature among those who like to shoot video with their smartphone. OIS keeps the video looking as if it were filmed using a tripod instead of showing a video bouncing all over like someone who switched over to decaf after 30 years of drinking regular coffee. Back in May, Nokia showed how steady OIS kept a video shot with the Nokia Lumia 928.

OIS was expected to be a feature of the the back camera on the Samsung Galaxy Note III. But published reports out of South Korea on Monday state that Sammy's vendors can't seem to come up with the 10 million modules that the manufacturer will need so that every phablet it builds has OIS on the rear camera. As a result, Samsung reportedly is pulling the feature from the entire build. With other high-end devices like the HTC One and the upcoming LG G2 offering OIS, there are some who suggest that the lack of the feature on the Galaxy Note III will harm sales. Until the word comes from Samsung, let's take the pulling of OIS on the Galaxy Note III's rear snapper with a grain of salt. Usually there are long lead times involved when a major manufacturer is purchasing key parts from a vendor which makes us wonder about the report.

The same sources also said that the Korean manufacturer has developed a 16MP camera which might be used as soon as March. The buzz is that the Samsung Galaxy S5 (not too early to bring that device up) will have this new sensor on its back and OIS will be included.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: Naver (translated) via TechKiddy

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  • Display 5.7 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
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  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop



51. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

OIS is the new must have in mobile devices.... wireless charging too

50. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO​!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!​!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess I'll buy LG

45. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Unfortunately this has a chance to be true since it didn't come from Phonearena's "anonymous tipster." Looks like the last article with pics of the Note 3 were pulled after commentors spotted inconsistencies.

46. ihatesmartphone unregistered

I also noticed that. What happened to you iPhonearena?

43. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

Is this Samsung arena? I came back here to read the comments section, and I've notice my comment is missing. Maybe Samsung and phone arena are getting "hurt" with my simple comment/message to them. I thought you're numb to our expression.

47. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

happened to many many times..

39. freebee269

Posts: 543; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

after having a nokia lumia 920, i think ois is an important feature to have for a smartphone. i definitely miss it on my galaxy s4. good job to nokia for leading the way with this tech. i think lg having it and note 3 not having it will give lg a marketing advantage. i agree with others, after seeing the picture samples of the lg g2, it has gotten my interest.

29. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Samsung will make it happen. They know how to deal with it.

21. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

I do want OIS to be incorporated in Note 3 :)

19. Jason2k13

Posts: 1490; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

The only people that are worried are the geeks and nerds and of course me as well, but as long as the note 3 keeps the same quality pictures and videos as the S4, then samsung has nothing to worry about. Most people dont know what OIS is or can tell the difference unless it's compared side-by-side with another device with OIS. Aslong as the note 3 has a great battery life, same size as the note 2 but bigger screen, then the note 3 will probably be my first phablet.

30. papss unregistered

I have to completely disagree... People may not know what IOS is but to say you can't tell the difference unless side by side is wrong. Clearly you haven't seen IOS in action. Its like night and day and it is a very important part of a phone if you snap any photos.

37. Jason2k13

Posts: 1490; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

clearly you don't know that majority of people who buys phones are not tech savy like you or me. If most people who owns smart phones dont even know what OIS stands for, how would they even know if their phone has OIS?

38. freebee269

Posts: 543; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

it's called sales person. you dont think a sales person in at&t store that's a fan of android would point out that this phone has optical image stabilization? and tell them in 1 sentence (doesnt require alot of explaining) what it does? they for sure would just like they do every other feature. so they may not know it before they go in but they would know it by time they left.

48. Jason2k13

Posts: 1490; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

ive asked 3 people allready who owns a nokia lumia 920, and none of them were told it had OIS, now that's something isnt it? What alot of sales person do, is just tell the buyer how great the camera is on the 920 or any phones they are trying to sell. But this is assuming the sales person arnt fanboys. Not all of them do there researchers either and sometimes refer phone websites such as GSMarena and just tell the buyer the specs.

17. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

If it means they'll have some more time to work on it before they put it in Galaxy S5, I'm for it.

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I don't think the lack of ois will lead to a harm in sales for this beast

7. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

real photographer uses DLSR's or Compact camera's like RX100 Who cares for.OIS make it powerful by specofications so that Nothing comes close untill 2014

10. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Real user uses powerful Tablet or Laptop. Who cares for Note 3.

11. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Well, i am a photographer and i stopped carrying my big and heavy DSLR cam a long time ago. Nobody carries them on these days. Everyone likes mobile devices like Lumia 1020.

12. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

u r not a photographer u r simply a Nokia fanboy :D even if u could have said Nokia 808 , i could have agreed but you proved it yourself

15. JMartin22

Posts: 2429; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a good camera phone, but it's still just a camera phone. A DSLR will handily destroy it. An APS-C sized lens will destroy the tiny lens in any camera phone, the 1020 included. Please conclude your horrid attempt at trolling.

16. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

right its just a camera phone even compact camera's with 1 inch sensor will easily destroy it DSLR is far for it

26. ihatesmartphone unregistered


44. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Posting your pics on tumblr doesn't make you a photographer.

20. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Step aside everyone, genius of the day has delivered his wisdom. Every photographer uses a DSLR(really? wow!) so I guess we should not bother improving the photo capabilities of smartphones anymore. Why do you think there are devices like RX100 and RX1? It's because smartphones have killed low and mid range P&S cameras, so manufacturers have to put big sensors in small P&S to try and get people to buy them. Smartphone cameras matter much more than P&S and even DSLR, people use them more, not to mention they are a much bigger market. Don't be surprised if Canon and Nikon start producing mobile sensors and lenses.

40. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

"Smartphone cameras matter much more than P&S and even DSLR" I wouldn't go that far. Anyone even remotely serious about photography knows which tools are correct for the given job. For day to day running around and snapping pics of your drooling kids to post for all your hordes of FB addicts to witness.. sure, a camera phone does a great job. Camera phones are and will ALWAYS be great for snapshots. Due to physics and the physical limitations of sensor size, a camera phone will just absolutely never ever EVER compare to a DSLR in picture performance. yes, your phone can take good shots outside in bright sunlight.. but take away the optimal lighting and that's where the DSLRs absolutely destroy camera phones.

22. papss unregistered

Real power users use laptops so what's your point? An all in one device is more important than you obviously think

6. sss_ddk

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Or come up with a Note III and Note III Advance with OIS.

5. Yubnub

Posts: 100; Member since: May 23, 2013


4. JMartin22

Posts: 2429; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I never once thought I would ever consider an LG product. I did not that company serious enough as a smartphone manufacturer. Their latest G2 flagship does look extremely tempting. If the camera turns out to be gimped on the Note III, I might just turn to this phone instead.

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