The battle of OIS: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs LG G4
posted by Victor H. / Jul 17, 2015, 9:26 AM
Optical image stabilization (OIS) has slowly, but steadily started making its way to top-rated smartphones and this year's flagships are overwhelmingly shipping with OIS. The use of optical stabilization can be roughly divided in two areas: the first one is keeping the camera module stable when taking a picture (which allows for faster shutter speeds and less blurry images, something especially noticeable in low light situtations), and the second one is in video where footage on the whole appears less jerky.
However, optical image stabilization systems do differ between each other, and that's why we were curious to compare the OIS on two popular smartphones: the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the LG G4. LG says it is using a second-generation optical stabilization system in the G4, one that provides better and more reliable results: "Optical image stabilization is also now better than ever too, so you get more crystal-clear images with less worry about camera shake. [SIC]"
OIS is a bit different between phonesSamsung, on the other hand, has included optical stabilization on its Galaxy Note series, but it's the first time we see it on a Galaxy S series device with the S6. Interestingly, though, once you fire up the camera app on the Galaxy S6, you see that it warns users that stabilization is not available in all video recording resolutions about 1080p at 30 fps (yes, that means that the stabilization is not available in 4K Ultra HD videos, nor in 1080p 60fps recordings).
With all those little differences mounting up, we were curious to see what are the actual, real-world differences between the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4 when it comes to how good they handle the task of stabilizing video. We have two test videos for the purpose (we're holding the two alongside and recording simultaneously so that all involuntary hand shake is identical on both): one in 4K Ultra HD (where the Galaxy S6 cannot use stabilization), and another one in 1080p at 30fps (where both should be able to use the feature).
In this 1080p test, for instance, you can clearly see how the Galaxy S6 mirrors every step we take on video and this results in a noticeable jerk in the video, while the LG G4 remains much steadier and the footage is much more pleasant to watch.
Interestingly, in the Ultra HD recording, there is more jerkiness in both videos - it's just a different type of instability, so it's hard to pick a single better-performing phone. What do you think: is OIS performance important to you and which one do you think does better?
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Very close comparison. Had a G2 before my S6 so I'm used to ois, would not like to not have it on my next device. Hopefully it becomes the standard.
posted on Jul 17, 2015, 9:33 AM 3
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Is it just me or did the GS6 look steadier in the 1080 test?
posted on Jul 17, 2015, 9:58 AM 2
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Thats because Optical Stabilization is disablet in 1080p. Only Software stabilization kicks in 4K. I think so but not sure.
posted on Jul 17, 2015, 1:43 PM 1
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Hold on, isnt it the other way around? I mean, take the Note 3 for example. Although it doesnt have OIS, the digital stabilisation is disabled in 4K mode. I think its the same story, the writers got it wrong.
posted on Jul 17, 2015, 9:54 PM 0
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I really hate that red tint that the G4's camera has. And its OIS seems far worse than the S6's. Isn't it supposed to have a 3-axis OIS similar to Nokia's? If so, it's supposed to look smoother. And that frame rate!
posted on Jul 17, 2015, 10:19 AM 0
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At the very least, the S6 had better color reproduction. The G4 made the grey concrete look purple. In some movements the S6 looked slightly more blurry and the G4 seemed to have stabilized faster. But overall I think the S6 was better. The 4K video, the G4 looked far more jittery. Considering the S6 doesn't use OIS with 4K, it did far better. Samsung simply did more than an amazing job with the S6's, it is their best phones EVER! I'm not a heavy camera user on phones or period for that matter, but seeing these videos always makes me want to just run out an snap and record stuff for no reason. Taking my kid to DisneyWorld in a couple weeks for his first time (6 y.o) and I will be sapping a plenty. I did record 4K of the July 4th Fireworks at Six Flags here near Chicago and even in the dark they came out pretty darn good.
posted on Jul 17, 2015, 10:49 AM 1
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Can you redo the video and not spaz out? Seems like you like making quick turns, especially on the G4. You need to have identical situations with both handsets not looking like you are filming a found footage movie...
posted on Jul 17, 2015, 10:45 PM 0
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you moving the G4 and those color reproduction not coming from G4 this comparison is usless PA you are cheating .. Samsung Galaxy S6 you give it 9.3/10 rate ... User rate 8.6/10 G4 9/10 and user 9.9/10
posted on Jul 18, 2015, 12:03 AM 0
I am pretty sure Samsung haters had a do in the S6 rating ... in the other hand ... LG isn't big enough to have that kind of haters yet!
posted on Jul 18, 2015, 8:37 AM 2
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the G4 originally got 9.2 for its score, but after much whining from the Samsung fans, the rating for the G4 got downgraded to 9. which, honestly, throws into question the authenticity of PA reviews. they cannot even stand by their own review scores
posted on Jul 20, 2015, 9:25 AM 0
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