Oppo claims to have developed the world’s first, smallest sensor-based OIS for smartphones

Feb 25, 2016

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Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

Oppo claims to have developed the world’s first, smallest sensor-based OIS for smartphones

Feb 25, 2016

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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Yesterday, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo announced it has developed a SmartSensor, a smartphone sensor Oppo claims contains ‘the world’s smallest optical image stabilization technology.’

Teaming up with smartphone camera innovators MEMS Drive, Oppo has created a 3-axis sensor-based image stabilization system. Much like the systems found in Olympus and Sony mirrorless cameras, the SmartSensor compensates for camera shake through yaw, pitch and roll movements.

Amazingly, this is all done under 15ms, which Oppo claims is three times faster than lens-based optical image stabilization. And while it operates faster, it’s said to use up 50x less energy than lens-based stabilization.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zfqLYvC6h8

The challenge to this was building a sensor that could be suspended from a central axis while also giving it the right amount of space to precisely move. This essentially means the sensor is all but floating on a single axis.

The technology is said to compensate for up to 1.5º of motion—not a lot, but still impressive considering it’s the first of its kind at the small size.

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While not the intended purpose of this sensor, it’s also possible that the sensor-shifting capabilities could be used like Olympus and Sony cameras to create much larger images through slightly moving the sensor between shots and supersampling them.

There’s no timeframe given as to when we can be expecting to see the SmartSensor in a consumer phone, but it’s likely not too far off.

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Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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