Google’s Pixel 2 combines optical and electronic image stabilisation for rock steady video
Optical image stabilisation is in high demand on new smartphones today. It beats the heck out of electronic image stabilisation. Google’s new Pixel 2 smartphone, however, features both.
As well as receiving DxOMark’s highest score ever for a smartphone, it appears the Pixel 2’s image quality won’t be wasted by jerky footage. When working in tandem, they produce ridiculously smooth footage, if this sample posted by Google is anything to go by.
Electronic image stabilisation might as well be turned off, for all the good it does in most devices which contain it. Optical stabilisation, on the other hand, is another matter entirely. But, even optical still isn’t perfect. Even with optically stabilised lenses and sensors, many people still run their clips through Premiere’s Warp Stabiliser in post for a bit of extra smoothness.
With the Google Pixel, it looks like you won’t have to do that. And this pairing of both optical and electronic stabilisation is a first for smartphones. They call it “Fused Video Stabilisation”.
While phones aren’t the most common cameras used for serious video production, at least it might make those clips on social media a little more bearable to watch.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.