Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is a feature that has been around for a while on digital cameras. It allows for stable images without using a tripod in various scenarios.
When it comes to smartphones, manufacturers started including OIS in select premium phone a couple of years back. Now, OIS is becoming more and more common.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
At 7.1mm slim, iPhone 6 Plus sports a 8MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus and dual tone flash. Thanks to OIS, iPhone 6 Plus offers better performance than iPhone 6, especially in low light. The 5.5-inch full HD display works great as a viewfinder for framing the images as well as editing them.
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung’s top of the line smartphone is currently our favourite camera phone. It boasts of a 16MP camera with OIS and can record 4K video at 30fps. Its f1.9 aperture lets you take amazing photos in low light as well. Moreover, you get a PRO mode in the camera interface from where you can control various parameters before taking a photo. Plus, the gorgeous 5.1-inch super AMOLED display has a resolution of 2560x1440p keeping everything pin-sharp.
The square shaped display with 1:1 ratio is not the only highlight of BlackBerry Passport. It has a very capable 13MP camera with OIS that by default shoots in a 1:1 ratio (3120x3120p). You get option to shoot in burst mode, panorama or BlackBerry’s time-shift mode. There is touch focus as well as HDR mode and the camera records videos in full HD resolution at
Nokia Lumia 830
We prefer the Lumia 830 over Nokia/Microsoft’s other options with OIS thanks to its small size and stellar build quality. The phone has a 10MP primary camera with OIS, PureView technology and Carl Zeiss optics. The camera interface allows you to play with various settings including shutter speed up to 4 second (long exposure shots) — effect of each setting is shown as a live preview. Plus, you can add more UI features using third party Camera Lenses from the Windows app store.
Wiith a f1.8 aperture, the 16MP camera on the LG G4 is amongst the best cameras on a smartphone today. The laser autofocus next to the camera allows for instant focusing. LG has included a new colour spectrum sensor in the camera that helps capture picture with better white balance and richer colours. You get a manual mode too with live preview of any setting you play tweak to help you frame a better shot.
This is the cheapest smartphone available with OIS. Its 13MP rear camera has dual LED flash and does full HD video recording. You get multiple scene modes, panorama, HDR, beauty face, fast motion as well as a built in time lapse mode. Plus, the shot to shot speed is excellent and its 5.5-inch HD display is bright with great viewing angles.