Poll results: How important is Optical Image Stabilization to you when looking at a smartphone camera?

Poll results: How important is Optical Image Stabilization to you when looking at a smartphone camera?
With some in the community voicing their displeasure over the fact that HTC, for example, dropped Optical Image Stabilization with its new HTC One M8, we felt like we needed a more general consensus, especially a fair number of flagships still ship without the feature to this day. That includes Sony's Xperia Z2, Samsung's Galaxy S5, Apple's iPhone 5s, and others. So are fans just overreacting, or are people genuinely interested in OIS?

That's what we set out to gauge in our Monday poll. And now is the time to examine the results, and arrive at some sort of a tentative conclusion (i.e. nobody is claiming that this is a 100% representative -- if anything, most consumers don't even know what OIS is and why it's good for both videos and stills). Anyway, it turns out that the majority of you (59.95%) regard OIS highly, while 37.01% of you feel like it's a nice extra. This means only 3.04% of respondents feel like OIS is a waste of manufacturers' resources. Resources, which, the 3-percenters seem to say, are better spent elsewhere.

How important is Optical Image Stabilization to you when looking at a smartphone camera?

I regard OIS highly, so it's very important to me
It's definitely a nice extra, but not a game-changer for me
I'd rather have manufacturers spend their effort and resources elsewhere



1. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

recycled post :/

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is the results of the poll, so this is the second posting as always with all poll based articles.

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yaaay Easter is here getting lots of chocolate lol :) Anyways, OIS is super important in low light and videos. Even though digital stabilization works quite well in video, it crops the image too much.

4. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Ois is too imp nokia proved so what else req...?

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1925; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

As long as the camera takes good pictures, OIS isn't a requirement.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

But OIS makes excellent even better

7. adecvat

Posts: 644; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

And ruin video record

9. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

No. Perhaps software based does.

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

What? Ruin video????? What are you thinking lol...

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Digital image stabilization is the one that ruins video.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

OIS is exactly the sort of thing that manufacturers *should* be using. Something that improves on the core experience of the device. Not things like fingerprint scanners, heart rate monitors or an extra focus for gimmicky pictures. OIS makes the overall device better at one of the key components of a smartphone. I would much rather see devices incorporate things like OIS to make an individual function better, than to pop in things that don't improve the base functionality of a device.

12. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

These results tell me people don't know how to take pictures on a smartphone. Stop shaking your hands like you have tremors. It's a nice thing to have but it's proven to be not needed

13. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

So you can control your tiny muscle movements and tissues at a dead standstill? You must be a cyborg then, the rest of us "normal" humans can't

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

"Proven to be not needed"?? Then why all the "real" cameras have them?

15. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

It's important but not a must for me. I welcome camera improvements, but I consider it more important for the sensor, processing performance and optics themselves to be the highest priorities. OIS is important in phones because they are inherently difficult to hold steady, especially wit their ever thinning bodies... Bringing back camera buttons is a step in the right direction.

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