The Nokia-exclusive optical image stabilization tech is now available to other phone camera makers

The Nokia-exclusive optical image stabilization tech is now available to other phone camera makers
The OIS tech on Nokia's Lumia cameraphones like the 1020, is superior to the one found in the LG G2, Nexus 5, or HTC One, allowing for much wider amplitude of hands movement compensation, up to 500 times per second.

Nokia had first dibs and exclusivity to the ST Microelectronics L2G2IS two-axis gyro that makes video shot with the Lumia 920, 925, 1020 or 1520, appear rock solid even if you are riding on a bike. Now that deal has apparently expired, and ST Micro is unleashing its optical image stabilization technology to the open market for the first time.

It's not very cheap, as the tiny chip with the gyro costs $1.7 per unit if you buy in bulk, but other phone makers would certainly be lining up to get their mobile cameras closer to the experience you get with the OIS tech on the Lumia 1020. This would allow much longer exposure times in low-light scenarios, without getting the blur treatment, and much steadier videos.

For comparison between what Nokia has enjoyed exclusively so far, with the OIS tech other makers are putting in their phones, check out this video below. It shows side by side how much shakier the footage from the HTC One appears in comparison with the stabilization used in the Lumia 920, that will now be available for other phone makers to peruse, too. Samsung and Apple are the big names that still lack phones with an optically-stabilized camera, so they better get cracking. If the orders are in the realm of millions, the price per unit is sure to fall, too, so hopefully the technology will move down to the mid-range as well.

source: TheRegister



15. willard12 unregistered

Didn't Nokia sue HTC for stealing this "Nokia" technology even though HTC bought it from ST Micro? Now the exclusivity period is over, HTC can buy all they want.

14. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Hmm this is bad for Microsoft in a way now that all smart phone makers have it's smart phones camera tech. Android and Apple iphones fans will have super good smart phone cameras making smart phones like on the Nokia 1020 common place. Microsoft now should concentrate on making it's smart phones more for the Big business Enterprise market where it's strength really is and also make their Own version of an android smart phone preloaded with MS office and other goodies the "Enterprise" wants. Microsoft will be the smart phone maker that knows the "Enterprise" best because that is where it makes it's money in soft where the mobile market gets a lot of PRESS but the real money fir Microsoft is in the Enterprise. MS CEO Ballmer did a damn good job making Microsoft business Ventures there grow. Ballmer's major failure was in the Mobile tech sector but in a way it did not matter because that is not where Microsoft makes it' "MONEY"

13. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

That's a shame, actually

6. kostas12ldb

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

Samsung and Apple dont make the camera parts for their products. Maybe Sony will be DIRECTLY interested in this deal!

8. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

SAMSUNG ISOCELL camera sensor

5. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

No Thanks, my Samsung Galaxy S4 without OIS , without Large sensor or some fancy lens still clicks one of the Best Pictures a smartphone can

7. kostas12ldb

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

Have you ever seen low light pictures snapped from an actual Nokia OIS capable phone?! I believe there is noone around who would actually NOT want this piece of tech on their phone...

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

That is your choice, but there is a reason why the DSLR 1020, 920, 925 produce pictures that the S4 cant. It is one thing to like a phone for what it does, it is entirely another to be ignorant that Lumia line of phones have won many Imaging awards for a reason.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

That thumbnail reminds me of their OIS ad fiasco. lol

2. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

Samsung : Good Day, May I speak to a sales executive Please ST Microelectronics : Speaking Samsung : I'd like to order 50 Million OIS Chips please ST Microelectronics : Ok, We'll manufacture for samsung exclusively from now Samsung : It's about Time ST Microelectronics : Yeah, we wasted our time with nokia. Their phones dont sell so well. Samsung : I'll give you $2bn for your company

4. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

No, I see Apple doing that and offering $10bn to make sure the deal is secured... then a patent on it! :D

9. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

What am i supposed to feel ?

12. Calm_down_mon

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

you are supposed to laugh at his not-really-funny joke.

1. papss unregistered

Maybe someone making MySpace phones can finally catch Nokia in the camera dept now. Good that they ate sharing

10. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Just like nokia caught up with others in processors and screen....

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I am curious whether Apple will use OIS that is based on ST Microelectronics technology, or will they go their own way? If iP6 does not have OIS on board, I don't see how it can be competitive in the market. OIS is now must-have technology for high-end smartphones. Same goes for Sammy.

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