The Nokia-exclusive optical image stabilization tech is now available to other phone camera makers
posted by Daniel P. / Jan 29, 2014, 7:35 AM
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.
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.It's not very cheap, as the tiny chip with the gyro costs $1.7 per unit if you buy in bulk, but other
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.
Maybe someone making MySpace phones can finally catch Nokia in the camera dept now. Good that they ate sharing
posted on Jan 29, 2014, 7:42 AM 1
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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.
posted on Jan 29, 2014, 8:34 AM 1
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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
posted on Jan 29, 2014, 7:44 AM 4
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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
posted on Jan 29, 2014, 8:00 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 29, 2014, 7:50 PM 0
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Samsung and Apple dont make the camera parts for their products. Maybe Sony will be DIRECTLY interested in this deal!
posted on Jan 29, 2014, 8:04 AM 2
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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"
posted on Jan 29, 2014, 9:52 AM 0
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