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 inches
    400 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Storage 0.1GB, microSD
  • Battery 1000 mAh
Lumia 920
  • Display 4.5 inches
    1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus
    1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2000 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8


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