New Sony Xperia Z5 ad demonstrates the effects of SteadyShot stabilization

New Sony Xperia Z5 ad demonstrates the effects of SteadyShot stabilization
While Sony doesn't market optical stabilization alongside its new Sony Xperia Z5, the company did share with us that both software and hardware components work in sync to suppress shake when taking video. In our experience, the so-called SteadyShot Intelligent Active Mode stabilization does the job exceedingly well, and Sony is intent on making the most out of this advantage in order to convert buyers.

A new ad, published yesterday on the company's official YouTube channel, compares identical footage taken by an Xperia Z5 with SteadyShot both on and off. The results, as you can imagine, are pretty impressive, and we're glad to see that Sony picked some truly tricky scenarios to showcase the effect — like biking through a grass field. We can see that the Z5 does pretty well even in such conditions, and actually rivals the best in the business — if not beat them.

We're certainly itching to take the Xperia Z5 lineup's new, 23-megapixel camera for a spin and see if it'll meet or even surpass our expectations. Given the company's claim that the Sony Alpha team was involved with the shooter on the phone, we're hoping for the latter!



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39 Comments

1. Maryewww

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

I believe that sony went to great length this time and took the bashing of its costumers and their requests into deep consideration, i cannot wait for the official reviews of this device. After stopping purchasing any sony device at Z2 i am pumped up yet again by this new line up!! thumbs up Sony

9. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sorry but the s6 as better ois than the z5, seehttp://youtu.be/R0h8azRNN6E

13. ogee4life

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 12, 2014

s6 that couldn't beat the z3 plus when pocketnow did a direct video comparison? You could have come up with something better, there are tons of videos showing the z3 plus beats the s6 in video recording and stabilization.

15. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Not hard when the Z5 doesn't have any Optical Image Stabilisation. Sony uses software.

19. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

You must be another Samsung fanboy who have no idea of what you talking about. In that video Btekt test the clear image zoom by taking photos and the result is not suprising at all since the Z5 only uses faster shutter speed in combination with high ISO to minimize the blur. The S6 OIS help the S6 to produce better pictures for stationary subject because the camera can use slow shutter speed and low ISO, but if try to capture moving moving subject in low light with slow shutter speed & low ISO you will get more blurry & darker pictures than the Z5. But even without the OIS the Z5 the resolving detail with clear image zoom is really close with S6. But since the article is talking about video stabilization let me show how cappy the OIS + DIS combo in S6 vs Digital SteadyShot in Z3+.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1QxfVmKyWYA&itct=CDMQpDAYAyITCNDKtLbG_scCFbAtfgodgYILjlIUWjMrIHZzIFM2IHZpZGVvIHRlc3Q%3D&client=mv-google&gl=ID&hl=en

21. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

i have the s6 edge and i had lumia 1020 , 930 and Z2 , i can tell you that no phone can beat the stabilization of xperia Z2 ( my friend s Z3 has an incredible stabilisation tho ) , so please dont tell us what you didnt test by yourself , Z5 can easily smoke any phone right now :)

33. mixedfish

Posts: 1550; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

There's a reason why the photos go from 21mp to 8mp, they use all that cropping just to stabilize the image.

39. ozbolt

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 26, 2014

Z2 is still an impressive device. I would have gone for Z2 instead of Z3C

2. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Again it's not OIS. It's software based stabilization. Need OIS on high-end phones. Don't compare iPhone, people would buy iPhones even if it was filled with air. They have excellent 5-axis stabilization on A7 MII. I think their camera division works much better than mobile division. Need to bring some of their camera expertise over to mobile.

4. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Optical image stabilisation is a hardware feature that apparently requires certain space. There are no thin phones that accommodate it without cheating, like employing some camera blister. I think Sony is probably going something right here because I don't think that there is any concrete proof that OIS equals amazing photography.

18. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Concrete proof? Do you know about "steadicam" ? You think those professional setups work with software stabilization. Software based stabilization is a poor-man's stabilization. If you say that OIS needs 'concrete' proof, either you are as deluded as Brendan Rodgers or have no clue what you talking about.

32. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

One of the proof would be the body size of the A72 VS its predecessors that doesn’t have the sensor based stabilisation. The A72 has a bigger body to accommodate for the moving parts that needs to stabilise the sensor.

5. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

On video, a well-made digital stabilization algorithm is as effective, maybe even better, than optical stabilization (at least in a phone, where the quality of OIS is worse than in cameras due to space constraints).

8. roldxx

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

you need OIS to take longer exposed photos in low light without high iso. i have z3 and it all it does is ramp up the iso smudging details with aggresive noise reduction

17. rsiders

Posts: 1931; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I have a Z3 also. Use the Night Scene mode in Manual mode and set it on a tripod. It keeps the ISO low between 100-250 and keeps the shutter open up to half a second long which is enough to capture light and details but not long enough to get really creative with. I wish Sony would give their users full manual control including manual focus and shutter speed control in the stock camera app but their scene modes work quite nicely.

3. T-rex unregistered

Xperia M5 is pretty great with its camera, and that is a midranger. Seems like sony has finally fixed its camera issues. Let's hope the new Z line does not disappoint us yet again

6. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Waiting for blind comparison

7. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Waiting for blind comparison

10. dazed1

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Xperia phones are good in 2 segments Software Battery life Everything else is just average, and copy paste design like 2.5 years in a row, add on that the average display, terribly boosted contrast at the cost of gamma, and the huge bezels and you got this overrated phones. Sony and HTC deserve to die, they avoid change in positive direction, so let it be. Xiaomi, LG, Samsung, and Motrola are the top dogs atm.

11. Xperia14

Posts: 1207; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Well, that are two very important segments for me. What's the use of a phone when you have to chrage it every time? You also forgot the camera (the Z5 has a very good camera with a dedicated camera button) and it also has IP68, micro SD, FM-radio. These are actual useful features which Samsung removed on the S6 and other predecessors instead of those gimmicks like heart rate monitors etc.

12. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

They are also relatively expensive looking, waterproof and the only ones with digital noise cancellation. If they die, I don't know how I'll be listening to music in the tube. I don't think they deserve to die, they are actually the only phones I can have because of waterproofing and digital noise cancelling.

14. dazed1

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Haver you ever used S6 with headphones, or heard the way the speaker sounds? its mono yes, but its very good.

20. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I think you are the one who never used the Z series with built in DNC. With the S6 you'll need to get Expensive & Bulky High End headphones to get better audio quality.

23. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I'm not talking about sound quality, but the ability to listen to your music in loud environments.

16. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Holy crap the Z3 footage looks like doodoo by comparison!

22. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

In part that is because the user (PhoneArena author) did not set up Video Recording properly on the Z3 and instead he simply pressed record from SuperiorAuto mode... He could have gone to Manual Mode, select Video and choose accordingly 1080p@30fps and Intelligent Active SteadyShot mode which is also present... and he could have set white balance manually to further improve the colors. However all of this is exactly what's wrong with Xperia cameras... you really need to know your way around them to benefit better... if you are simply an iPhone user, used to tap and record, you are not going to get the best of results

37. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Honestly, as someone who will carry a DSLR with them, the last thing I want from my phone camera is to have to fiddle about with it's settings to essentially unbreak their horrible software 'correction'.

24. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Dont blame me but I think Sony is dying, I know they got nice specs on the phones, but people just dont buy it and the reason why maybe is for the software, or because that the phones they sell are overpriced.

29. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Oh you mean Apple?

25. gosselin

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Waiting for the Z5 Compact :)

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