Sony shows off the benefits of SteadyShot video stabilization on the Xperia X

Sony shows off the benefits of SteadyShot video stabilization on the Xperia X
Expected to be released in select markets starting later this month, Sony's Xperia X and Xperia X Performance share many of their features, including a 23 MP rear camera. Unlike the cameras of other high-end smartphones, the 23 MP rear snappers of the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance do not have OIS (optical image stabilization). However, in order to stabilize images - in both photo, and video mode - Sony is using SteadyShot, a technology that's largely based on digital stabilization.

To let the world know what SteadyShot can do for the camera of the Xperia X, Sony today posted a video showing footage shot (while riding a bike) with the feature turned off, and on. Obviously, the difference is huge: when SteadyShot is on, there's almost no shaking while the bike is rolling down the streets. 

Of course, Sony also used SteadyShot in plenty of its older Xperia devices, but we can't blame the company for promoting the feature alongside the brand new Xperia X.

We'll put Sony's Xperia X handsets through our own tests once they actually hit the market. Until then, let us know if you're planning to purchase any of Sony's new phones (besides the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance, the company is also releasing the Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra - all four will be available at some point in the US).

source: Sony (YouTube)

Related phones

Xperia X Performance
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(15.67h 3G talk time)
Xperia X
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2620 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Not as good as real OIS

3. RajRicardo

Posts: 503; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Miles better than OIS from S7 and iPhone 6 Plus. Check out the comparisons on Youtube.

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I can't completely agree with you though I somehow do, because the reception for Sony's video stabilization is somewhat lukewarm and everybody has their own word that it's good or bad or OIS is still better bla bla bla. Maybe, just maybe this is one of the reasons why Sony is not selling well because people are still confused for whether the camera is a strong or a sore point.

9. TerryTerius unregistered

Maybe it's just me, but I always feel like people are really over-exaggerating when we're talking about modern phone comparisons and they say something is miles better, absolutely destroys, completely annihilates, light years beyond, anything like that. That said, I do agree with you. Sony's offering does seem to be a better from what I can tell. I hope the Xperia X is a great phone. I really want a reason to pick up a Sony device since I've never owned one before. That might change this year.

10. Feanor

Posts: 1418; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Au contraire, my friend. This may be the year when I'll give up Sony (maybe for a Nexus) because no matter how Sony presents the X line, in fact it's a downgrade from the Z line. Plastic frame instead of metal, smaller screen size, lack of 4K video capability (?). Clearly every X phone is a step below the respective Z version. If Sony doesn't come up with a true X flagship filling these gaps, my next phone will be probably the rumoured HTC built Nexus.

12. TerryTerius unregistered

Though the rest doesn't bother me, I was unaware that the X series doesn't have 4K capability. That does make a difference for me. Hmm. Well, in that case I'll have to wait and see what else they bring this year. That aside, I'm waiting for the next Note, iPhone, and Nexus devices as well.

13. Feanor

Posts: 1418; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I'll also wait and see if the X and X Performance are followed by a proper flagship with slightly bigger screen, 4K recording and full true materials. The last point is also important for me. There is a reason why Apple sells so well, and it is because people feel treated well with such things as true materials. Looks like Sony Mobile is in a dire financial situation and the X line is more of an effort to cut corners where they hope people will not notice, but to me the only way to compete is to be at least at the same level with the competition. The heavily (and rather unfairly) critisised Z line was that, the X line is not. At least not until it gets a proper flagship.

15. TerryTerius unregistered

Couldn't agree with you more on that. That's a large part of their appeal, the attention to design and material choice. When you're paying hundreds of dollars for a device, you want it to look and feel the part. Here's hoping they can renew their efforts. I've always thought Sony had some of the best looking devices on the market, although I do wish they would do something to advance their design language a bit. It's not that Omnibalance looks bad, but much like Porsche's 911 series they haven't done much to update it since they debuted it.

16. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Only in video. You can't use software stabilisation for photos. OIS comes in handy. I would still prefer OIS over Sony steady shot. Since i rarely take videos and take a lot of photos. No matter how good steady shot is, it can only be used in videos ( because physics).

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Software stabilization can be turned on or off on my sony Z1 so unless they removed this on newer device you are wrong. I have no clue how its work and the physics and software thats do the magic but its do work and picture are a lots less blurry when its turned on.

26. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Bulls**t. You can never stabilize photos. And the only way to make shots less blurry is to decrease shutter speed or hardware stabilization. You can't introduce warp stabilization on photos via photos. Anyway, you make a false claim everyday. So, I guess that was for today.

4. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Blind af

6. FriendlyFoe09

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

I owned a Xperia Z1 compact before I dropped it. But I must say it was best phone for video. Their Steady Shot tech is so smooth. I currently own an LG G4 and it's video is crap compared to the Z1C. The only phone video stabilisation that comes close are from iPhones. There are heaps of video stabilisation comparisons on YouTube where the Xperias just trumps all the other phones. Too bad for Sony their camera stills department is way behind compared to the competition.

22. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Check out Btekt's video of the Z5's stabilization. For what it does... Its pretty amazing.

2. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Impressive given it doesn't even have OIS.

8. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Interesting thing , as far as I know iphone 6/6s does not use OiS for video rather EiS and it works really well. OiS is used to steady shot in darker light conditions. So yes , what Sony does is awesome job.

18. adecvat

Posts: 658; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

6S plus use OIS with EIS

19. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Thanks for correcting me . I wasn't aware they kick in OiS for 6s +

27. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

the iPhone 6/S Plus has OIS, but it seems like the phone just use it for photos, and for videos they use EIS, but it's better than most other EIS because the process is applied later, after theo video is taken so it's smoother than real-time EIS - which most other use for Sony, they do apply real-time EIS, but the algorithm is already too good, and the result is prob the best compare to other EIS phones, but the trade-off is overheating

32. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

iPhone 6 Plus does not use OIS in videos, but now 6s Plus does.

7. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Good. But that doesn't mean Sony shouldn't put OIS on their phones.

11. Feanor

Posts: 1418; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Depends. Notice how all phones with OIS come with a thickness bigger than 8-9mm or a sticking out camera (which again means at least 8-9mm thickness). It's a big drawback to have for the (probably few) times that digital image stabilisation is not enough. Sony may not have the best cameras but they have the best cameras in a truly thin flush body.

20. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Mi Note is 6.9mm thin yet it still has a flush OIS-enabled camera. Not that I want them to be that thin, but Sony's the expert, I'm sure they can pull that out.

30. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Mi Note's OIS is still not as stable as Sony's EIS. If someone can show me a phone with OIS that can rival the Z5's stabilization, that is a true and spectacular acheivement.

31. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I'm only pointing out that it's still possible to fit OIS-enabled camera while still having its module flush in a thin design. Having hardware assistance is always appreciated even if the software is already great, not to mention it also helps with photos as well.

14. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Impressive on videos, but sucks at photos.

23. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

That's is arguable...although it can be tricky to use, I suggest you go to androidauth. And go to the comments of the z5 blind camera test.

17. adecvat

Posts: 658; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Only on 1080p, lol

28. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

actually it can be turn on in 4K mode, all other Xperia since the Z3 can do that, people just dont know how to use it and want to complain

21. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

let's not forget that OIS also helps in low light photography.

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