OnePlus 5 gets 4K video stabilization in OxygenOS 4.5.8 update: before and after, and comparison with iPhone 7

The OnePlus 5 is an excellent all-around phone for a great under $500 price: it's got the top level Snapdragon 835 system chip, a well-running clean Android interface and even a dual camera. What it lacks is proper stabilization in videos... well, we should rather say 'lacked'. With the latest OnePlus 5 update (OxygenOS 4.5.8), the company brings the missing 4K electronic image stabilization (EIS) that makes 4K videos much more enjoyable to watch.

It took OnePlus two months to bring this update, but now that it's here, it makes a big difference. And it was a much needed feature: after all, previous OnePlus phones like the 3 and the 3T supported optical image stabilization (OIS), but the OnePlus 5 lacks OIS, so its 4K videos turned out very shaky and barely usable if you shoot while moving.

Interestingly, EIS that comes with the update does a great job: it stabilizes for hand tremors perfectly and does well to stabilize footage when you are walking. There is a very slight jitter still noticeable when you walk around, but if you adopt every videographer's favorite "ninja walk" with slightly bent knees and a more relaxed pace, you can get some truly great looking footage.

To demonstrate how 4K video stabilization looks on the OnePlus 5, we shot a before and after video, as well as a comparison with the iPhone 7 because of its popularity and the fact that it has one of the better stabilizations in 4K. What do you think, which phone does better in terms of 4K video stabilization?

reference: OnePlus Forums

Related phones

  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera)
    16 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie



6. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Wow, big difference in the before and after. Less difference between the phones

4. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

I call buls**t that a gimbal was used. image quality is crap. look at the grass. like it was shot in 480p its really noticeable at the 1:15 mark

5. baibhav93

Posts: 24; Member since: May 09, 2014

oh is it?look at the quality in iphone....the colours....oh i forgot, its iphonearena

7. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

you know that Youtube also compress the videos right?

2. Defaramade

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 01, 2012


1. yann

Posts: 616; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Stabilization is improved, but the quality is decreasing.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Is there an option to turn the Stabilization off for 4K recording?

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