This was the first cameraphone ever to offer image stabilization

This was the first cameraphone ever to offer image stabilization
Smartphone cameras have evolved tremendously over the years, and we're not talking only about the ever-increasing number of megapixels they pack. They have also adopted a multitude of features that used to be found solely on dedicated digital cameras – phase detection autofocus, neutral density filters, optical zoom and image stabilization have all made their way into at least a few handsets so far. Optical image stabilization, in particular, can be found on over a dozen of smarphones available right now.

Yet did you know that image stabilization on a phone's camera is nothing new? It first appeared on the camera of the LG Viewty, which was announced in 2007. The phone's main selling point was the camera, as you can probably tell. In addition to image stabilization, one also got a xenon flash, automatic or manual focus, up to 800 ISO sensitivity, Schneider-Kreuznach lens, and 5 megapixels of resolution – quite impressive for the time.

The image stabilization on the Viewty's camera was of the software kind, however. In other words, it was the software compensating for the movements of the user's shaky hands, not a dedicated optical system. It wasn't until 2012 when true optical image stabilization was brought to cameraphones. The phone to do so was the Nokia Lumia 920, with its 8.7MP PureView camera and Carl Zeiss optics. 

Want to know which are the best smartphones with optically stabilized cameras? Then check out our list of 15 best smartphone cameras with OIS.

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  • Display 3.0" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 0.1GB
  • Battery 1000 mAh(5.91h talk time)
Lumia 920
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(10.8h 3G talk time)



1. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

The best stabilisation systeme now is in sony phones, Z2 and Z3.. ( video recording)


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Keep drinking.......the best OIS is in Lumia Pureview phones even the sound recording is 1520 can record sound in Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Now tell me if your Z2 and Z3 can do that!

12. adecvat

Posts: 662; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 With 4 mics, lol.

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And yet it still does it and the z3 cannot....

13. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Z2/3 can't do that. But it can record underwater :P all the hot babes in the pool

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If you need a pool to record hot babes then i would suggest putting a mirror on your shoe and going to the mall....

17. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

But not a lot of girls wear skirt anymore :P

14. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

sony fanboys please stop being delusional

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Doesnt beat the Note 4. But be happy, since it is a sony sensor in there. lol

2. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

The.... Viewty?? Did a drunk LG exec put that on a paper as a joke and it accidently make it to the phone? Geez. Sidenote- If anyone is a hard rock fan, the group "Chickenfoot" with Sammy Hagar, Micheal Anthony, Joe Satriani, and Chad Smith, got their name that way. A PR exec wanted the name of the group for promotion stuff while they were recording their first album, and Anthony told him "Chickenfoot" as a joke, and the PR guy ran with it. So, they stuck with it.

3. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I had this phone and it was a class of its own. Everyone else went for the typical iphone and to this day ive never gone for the iphone, ive always gone for the tech rather than the "cool" phone.

7. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I owned one of these and it was junk. Painfully slow, laggy, constant crashing. Mine also came with a stylus which was next to useless. Terrible phone.

19. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeh obviously it would be slow, the date of mobile tech crammed into such a small device. But if you put a custom rom on it then ull find the device faster and better themes etc... The camera at its time was great. The phone its self was good for texting and making call and if u listen to music. I still never went near iphone.

20. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Ps. Why would you even consider using a stylus back then lol

4. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Phase detection?

5. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

AHHH I had this phone back in 9th grade.... The camera sucked and the reception was just horrible, the only good thing was the slow mow and that was it haha never bought an lg phone after that until the nexus 5

6. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Even in 2007 that bezel is from 2005

8. crusher

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Before the Lumia 920 there was Nokia 808 PureView which was the first ever to have optical image stablization

9. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

LMAO, Lumia 920 was the first, the 808 didn't even feature OIS. The only instance where the 41megapixel module had OIS was on the 1020.

11. crusher

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

yup, my bad

18. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014


22. WWThinker

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Has PA made a mistake? I always thought that Apple invented every conceivable technologies used on the smartphones, including the Optical Image Stabilization. I strongly believe that LG and Nokia stole the IP from Apple and Steve Jobs! Let's encourage Apple to sue the hell out of LG and Nokia. - A laugh for everybody, especially since Christmas is closing in :)

23. reggiexp

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

worst phone i ever had. laggy always hangs. i sold it to a guys for 100€ i was using it one day it got stuck again so i removed battery etc and a guy i know some sort of friend came it is a touch screen i said yes. he ask you sell it . i didnt need 5sec to say YES he sayed how much you want i sayed 100. okay in 3month he gave me the 100euro. the lasy 40 euuro toke 1month and i realy HATED THAT PHONE fuc k worst touchscreen i ever had

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