OIS MIA for Samsung Galaxy S5?

OIS MIA for Samsung Galaxy S5?
One of the most desired features on a smartphone camera these days is OIS, or optical image stabilization. With OIS on your camera, videos you take will appear as steady as though you were using a tripod. Still pictures will lose the blur that can ruin a photograph. Obviously, many of Nokia's camera-centric high-end Lumia models offer OIS such as the Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia Lumia 928, Nokia Lumia 925 and the upcoming Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet among others.

Turning to Android, while the LG G2 rear snapper does have OIS, the feature is not offered on the otherwise-specs rich Samsung Galaxy Note 3. And the reason could be the very same reason why you might not see those three initials on the Samsung Galaxy S5 specs sheet. According to a report out of Korea, it is the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the expected popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S5 that would make it hard for the Korean OEM to include OIS with the rear camera on both models. Samsung believes that its suppliers might not be able to keep up with the demand for the chip needed for OIS, so it dropped it from the snapper on its new phablet.

As for the next iteration of its Android flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5, those in the know say that Samsung has been debating about whether or not to include OIS on the phone. It is ironic that a handset can be held back because of its own success. But Samsung does have a couple of options open to it. As important as OIS might be to flagship phones in 2014, Sammy could delay the Samsung Galaxy S5 until it is sure that it will be able to procure enough OIS chips from suppliers. Or, it might be able to move production of the chip in-house.

Remember when the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was supposed to have a fingerprint scanner? The chip developed by a third party could not meet Samsung's testing and the Korean tech giant is rumored to be producing the chip itself, which could begin mass production next year. So if Samsung thinks that its suppliers can't be trusted to fulfill OIS demand, that too might be moved in-house.

Earlier this month, Samsung said that it was working on a 13MP camera module with an "anti-shake" feature that sounds suspiciously similar to OIS. But it is not known if the entire module is being built with in-house parts or if Samsung is still relying on suppliers to build it. The module will allow for outstanding pictures in low-light conditions, the current battlefield for smartphone cameras. It it said to produce pictures 8 times brighter than current smartphone cameras.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster

source: ETNews (translate) via GforGames

Related phones

Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

We'll just have to wait and see how this all works out for the GS5, though I've found that OIS on my Lumia 928 outstanding... Almost every picture/video taken with it was in near-perfect focus. Very useful feature that should be standard on all top tier smartphones.

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

What do you mean, "we'll just have to wait and see".... If the Note 3 keeps selling without OIS, then the S5 won't have it... Maybe Samsung should bring that department into its own factories. SAM-SONG!

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Did you even read the article ?

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"Very useful feature that should be standard on all top tier smartphones." Yup-per. I suspect that if a smartphone does not have OIS as part of its spec list, it will suffer sales losses in 2014. Consumers are being educated as to the benefits of OIS. By mid-2014, they will probably demand it as part of the minimum acceptable specification for a smartphone.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Sammy has to bring OIS this time for sure.

4. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

This is sad, leave excuses and walk the walk. OIS will bring a lot of improvement on an already excellent camera history.

6. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Samsung's sister company, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, already manufactures OIS modules. It's a 13MP module that is expected to be used for Galaxy S5.

7. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

9. TomTheNerd

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

I don't think the 13MP OIS camera module is for the S5, I expect an MP ugrade.

10. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

lol after lumia 1520 13MP is not good enough

11. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

It should also come with with dual boot android/Tizen with higher MP Upgrade

12. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

they may include the ISOCELL sensor to their upcoming s5

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