According to information from The Elec, Samsung plans to offer optical stabilization for all its mid-range smartphones next year.
When we look at the photo features of a smartphone, several criteria are to be taken into account. This is the case for the size of the photo sensor, the definition, the focal length of the lens or its focal aperture. However, one feature is often overlooked and yet can significantly improve the shooting: the optical stabilization.
For photos or videos captured at wide angle or with the telephoto lens, optical stabilization can greatly improve the shot. It must be said that the optical stabilization allows to reduce considerably the shakes and thus to avoid the problems in video, but also the problems of blur in photo. Often offered on the most high-end smartphones, optical stabilization of cameras is however generally forgotten on mid-range models. These are often satisfied with a simple electronic stabilization that will cut into the image and create a “jello” effect.
Nevertheless, it seems that Samsung is well aware of the limitations of simple electronic stabilization and is looking to significantly improve the photo quality of its mid-range smartphones for next year. According to the Korean website The Elec, which is generally well informed about the manufacturer’s plans, Samsung is planning to integrate optical image stabilization (OIS) on its entire Galaxy A range in 2022:
This generalization of optical stabilization on Samsung’s mid-range would in fact be the logical continuation after the integration of OIS on some models this year. The manufacturer has already integrated optical stabilization on some of its smartphones: the Galaxy A72, the Galaxy A52 4G, the Galaxy A52 5G and the Galaxy A22 4G. Nevertheless, several models were content with a simple electronic stabilization, such as the Galaxy A22 5G, the Galaxy A42, the Galaxy A32 4G and the Galaxy A32 5G.
Optical stabilization as an answer to chinese manufacturers
However, we don’t know which cameras will benefit from this optical stabilization. We imagine that it will be mainly the main sensors, that is to say the wide-angle modules, or even, in some cases, the cameras with telephoto lens. Nevertheless, The Elec does not give more information on this subject.
The integration of such a mechanism on Samsung’s mid-range smartphones is mainly aimed at responding to a fiercer competition on the mid-range. If the Korean manufacturer has long been able to rely on its interface or the quality of its screens on this price segment, Chinese manufacturers are beginning to catch up, sometimes with other assets. On the Vivo side, optical stabilization is one of the main arguments for premium smartphones, especially with the Vivo X60 Pro, which is equipped with a gimbal to stabilize its main camera.