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.
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.