iPhone 6s Plus' stabilization compared with iPhone 6s, is among the first phones to offer IS in 4K

iPhone 6s Plus' stabilization compared with iPhone 6s, is among the first phones to offer IS in 4K
Despite rocking an image stabilizing gizmo, last year's iPhone 6 Plus didn't actually make use of the mechanism when taking video. For whatever reason, Apple had decided to only make use of OIS with images — and while not ideal, that's still a plus. With this year's iPhone 6s Plus, however, OIS will work with both images and video, and a new sample from German Giga showcases the effect by comparing the footage with the iPhone 6s, which has no optical stabilization.

As you can imagine, the iPhone 6s Plus does a better of job of eliminating jitter when walking and panning around. What's even more, the 6s Plus can do its thing even when shooting in 4K resolution, which is still kind of rare. That said, it's unclear if Apple's phablet is making use of both optical and digital stabilization with 4K, or only the former. Our take? It benefits from both. 

Take a look at the footage:


Not bad, right?

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iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2750 mAh(24h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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48 Comments

1. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Atleast they have something to claim as first now. I remember a time back when every iPhone launch has many firsts especially during the Steve Jobs time

3. gaming64 unregistered

They had some claims over a few years, none worth mentioning. Touch ID was their last original claim for having tap-based fingerprinting

7. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

sorry for posting here but the Xperia Z3 series has this feature BEFORE the iPhone 6S PA need to check their claim

8. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

SOrry the Z2 already has it, which Sony called "SteadyShot"

15. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Steadyshot isn't pure OIS. Its a technology made purely by sony and in its mobile phones its just a cool name for sony's digital image stabilization.

43. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

PA said "IS" means Image Stabiliser, that means any of the 2 ways to stabilise the video if they refered to OIS, they're wrong since a lot of android phone already have this, and if the refered to DIS, they also were wrong because Sony's had this feature since the Z2 series in any case, they're wrong *they fixed the article after my first comment*

19. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

To be specific, Sony was the first to implement DIGITAL image stabilisation in 4K video in the Z2.

25. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Do you mean that the Xperia Z3(or Z2) have optical image stabilization ? AFAIK Xperia Z2 have digital image stabilization and not optical (hardware) image stabilization . And if so ,then PA claim still stand especially since as comment 24. said they said "among"

45. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

No IS means it's either DIS or OIS, and in this case PA is wrong because the iPhone 6S and 6s Plus are not and will never be the first to offer either of the IS tech because Nokia and Sony's been doing it for years

47. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

You are right that the headline of the article is about any kind of "image stabilization" . However, they never claimed that it is the first, they only said "among" the first.

48. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

they fixed it after i post my first comments

49. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Ok, sorry then and thanks for mentioning it.

24. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Among the first to have this feature doesn't mean it's the first.

2. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Atleast they have something to claim as first now. I remember a time back when every iPhone launch has many firsts especially during the Steve Jobs time

4. gaming64 unregistered

I really want the 6s Plus right now. Can you fall out of the sky please?

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

The 6s footage looks shaky as all hell compared to 6S plus. So my assumption is that 6S plus uses OIS as well as DIS. For some reason, the 6S plus has purple shade in the statue scene. It looks as bad as Xperia phones. I guess it's a faulty piece. On another note, 6S is not the first phone to offer IS in 4k. Many phones use IS(optical) in 4k. iPhone 6S is the first phone to use DIS in 4k though.

6. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Can you clear the last statement, "iPhone 6S is the first phone to use DIS in 4k though." I think Xperia Z2 offers first 4K video with Steadyshot (DIS).

11. TyrionLannister unregistered

My friend has a Z2 and no it doesn't. The steadyshot effects get disabled in 4k. It's impossible to use DIS with any qualcomm SoC till date as you need a custom codec to record in more resolution and do DIS from there. No phone, and I mean no phone can do DIS in 4k except iPhone 6S. It's an SoC limitation and only super-powerful chips with custom codecs like the A9 can handle it.

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I also have the Z2 and it indeed does use the SteadyShot during 4K. Just look at any video on YouTube.

34. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Can you really say SteadyShot or other similar EIS technologys really offer "true 4k" stabilization, though? Doesn't EIS remove pixels from the video, in order to use them for stabilization, essentially making it LESS THAN 4K? Only OIS can preserve the true resolution AFAIK.

20. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

Z2 uses steady shot in 4k, I know that for a fact.

21. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I don't know what are trying to do but dude if you have no idea of what are you talking about it always better if you just keep you mouth shut. Since the the Xperia Z2 all Sony flagships support video stabilization even in 4K. you can see the official statements from Sony in here. blogs.sonymobile.com/press_release/xperia-z2-best-​camera-camcorder-in-waterproof-smartphone/ "Capture video in 4K resolution with SteadyShot™" You can also see the video comparison in here.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-vs_63djpGM&fulldescription=1&gl=ID&hl=en&client=mv-google The video doesn't really test the video stabilization but still you can clearly see that the Z2 video is less shaky than G3, the biggest reason why i chose this video because unlike some other youtube reviewer he also provide the original video to download and i'm also subscribed to his channel. You can search many other video on youtube to get more info about the stabilization in 4K video. The bottom line is your opinion about your friend Z2 and Qualcomm SoC limitation is totaly wrong.

22. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

blogs.sonymobile.com/press_release/xperia-z2-best-​camera-camcorder-in-waterproof-smartphone/

23. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

I don't know. I shot this at IFA with the Xperia Z5 at 4K, and it sure looks tons more shaky than 1080p: http://www.phonearena.com/news/First-Sony-Xperia-Z5-4K-and-1080p-video-samples-showcase-its-lightning-fast-HybridAF-focus-tech_id73437

28. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Since i have no info about Z5 i can't say anything about it, but i'll send an email to Sony to ask them more info about stabilization in 4K video. But lets be honest as far as i know PhoneArena almost never do any in depth reviews on Sony Xperia unique features. Maybe that is why you don't know that the previous Z series also support video stabilization in 4K.

39. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Just like older Xperias, Z5 should have steadyshot in 4K mode (see link from my post # 38). It could be missing on Z5 prototypes though.

38. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

You should know if you happened to see an Xperia in real life. Steadyshot option setting is there in 4K video mode. http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=106gf3c&s=8#.VgWJ5MtViko

40. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

41. SonyOwner unregistered

Because upu know nothing Chris P. You are the most moron writer ever. Paid by Apple. Shame. You eat foods with the money you get from Apple. Pathetic

36. TyrionLannister unregistered

I know for a fact that steadyshot in 1080p works way better than on 4k. PA did a test with Z5 and it was clearly evident. It's like the anti-shake feature of Samsung phones. That apparently works on 4K but doesn't work nearly as good as on 1080p.

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