One notable absence from Canon’s EOS R and EOS RP cameras is any form of in-body image stabilisation. Canon has said they wanted to bring it but didn’t feel it was quite ready, and that it would simply appear when it was. Now a new Japanese patent application (2019-087937) suggests that it is, and offers some clues as to how it works.
There have been a lot of complaints about the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera. It only has one card slot, it crops when shooting 4K video, and there’s no IBIS. “WTF Canon?” the collective Internet proclaimed. Well, Canon has now responded to at least one of those issues.
That issue is the lack of IBIS. Digital Camera World spoke to Canon UK’s product intelligence consultant, David Parry to find out the answer. And, essentially, having stabilisation in the body isn’t as good as having it in the lens.
Well, this is interesting. I knew that most optical image stabilisation systems in lenses used electromagnetic fields in order to try and keep the elements steady. But what I hadn’t considered was how these fields might affect noise on the sensor and in the images. As it turns out, it affects them enough to warrant Canon developing a new system to help reduce it.
Even though in body image stabilization (IBIS) isn’t compatible with Fujifilm X-mount, this could change in their future cameras. According to Fuji Rumors, Fujifilm is working on the possibility to bring IBIS to their new camera models.
As Fuji managers Takashi Ueno and Shusuke Kozaki pointed out earlier, they didn’t want to compromise the image quality with the IBIS in Fujifilm X cameras. However, considering the growing need for this feature, we may see it in the future models after all.
Did you know that when traveling with your image stabilized (IS) lens, it’s suggested that you turn off the IS functionality? Neither did I. Until today.[Read More…]
A while back we asked the world to add a small Gyro to each camera so that shake can be eliminated. It looks like the world was listening and a new kickstarter aims to bring smooth and steady shots be recording camera movement and applying it into the stabilization algorithm.
SteadXP is a small box that attaches to the back of the camera and does one thing: it uses an accelerometer and a gyroscope to accurately record your camera’s movements.
This should enable you to get complex moves in a smooth way without the use of big gear like steadycams or heavy gimbals.
So, with HDSLRs becoming so affordable, some interesting options come up, like sub $2K rig that can really shoot decent video. Two very popular options are the GH4 from Panasonic and the OM-D E-M5II from Olympus, each with its their pros and cons. One notable feature of the E-M5mkII is its 5 Axis stabilization. And if you are shooting lots of hand held-on the move footage, this may be a deciding factor for you. The team at panophoto put the two cameras on a place and gave them a run.
One of the main selling points of the recently announced Sony alpha a7II is its 5-axis in-camera image stabilization. YouTube user Sean Ellenwood uploaded a video yesterday that shows how the Sony’s 4.5 stops of stabilization exactly work. Since stabilization is done in-camera it should also work with 3rd-party lenses.
Just a few days ago Instagram announced their Hyperlapse app which creates in-camera hyperlapse movies. Quality is not a stunner, but it definitely hint on the possibilities. Here is the trick, Instagram uses the in-phone gyroscope to stabilize the footage.
This is a great idea (as Ben noted), and in fact I think that all cameras should have a gyroscope built into them. In fact, I predict a trend coming in the next wave of camera to have a built in Gyro. For more than one reason:
I guess after the megapixel wars are behind us and we are nearing the end of the ISO wars the next war will be about image stabilization. With mobiles phone used as on-the-go hand held video cameras the native videos are quite shaky and unusable.
This is why almost every decent phone has some sort of image stabilization. This commercial from LG takes an idea from Smarter Every Day, and build a complete concept around it – The Chicken Steady Cam.
The commercial takes the concept to the extreme with the GallusCam using Lizzy, a chicken as a living stabilizer.[Read More…]