Here is why Google’s Pixel camera prefer software stabilization over OIS
Google launched its first-ever ‘Made by Google’ Pixel smartphones a few days ago. The device is wildly praised for its top end hardware and some exclusive software features like Google Assistant and unlimited cloud storage. But, for a price tag of $650+, Google’s decision of scraping OIS in the rear camera was somewhat disappointing for some fans, especially after company’s claims of achieving best ever shooter on a smartphone.
A representative from Google, ‘IssacOnCamera’ clarifies the issue. He added that EIS is used for Video stabilization while OIS handles low-light photography well. And since Pixels have large pixel sizes, it’s already superior in dark scenarios and that’s why company added software stabilization. Here is the full quote from him,
“And despite lacking OIS, Pixel is still very strong in still low-light photos, beating other cameras that do have OIS modules. That’s a testament to its world-class software algorithms, notably HDR+. And with software algorithms instead of OIS hardware, Pixel can get better and better over time. At the end of the day, Pixel takes some of the best low-light photos you’ll find on any smartphone, even without OIS. And that’s what really matters — better pictures, not how Pixel does it.”
At the end of the day, Pixel takes some of the best low-light photos you’ll find on any smartphone, even without OIS. And that’s what really matters — better pictures, not how Pixel does it.”
The jury is still out there. Can Google hit it out of the park at 1st attempt? Let’s wait and watch.