"Our Live Photos are better!" Google talks behind the scenes on Motion Photos — stabilization secrets revealed

Ever since its own Pixel phones hit the market, it has been obvious that Google is hard at work on its cameras. With an amazing HDR+ feature, which works unlike anything the competition has, the Pixel phones are capable of making sharp, detailed, vivid, balanced, and stable photos without much effort on the side of the user.

With the Pixel 2, Google upped the ante and introduced Motion Photo. Yeah, it’s like Apple’s Live Photo — when you take a picture, the camera will also save a 3-second video recording, showing what happened before and immediately after you pressed …


Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: video stabilization comparison

Video stabilization has been a marquee feature of flagship phones: more affordable devices simply don’t get it and video that’s recorded on such phones – even in 4K – looks terribly jittery and often borders with the unusable.
That’s why we look at two of the best phones out there: the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to see which one does better in terms of video stabilization.
Both phones support a dual camera system on their back with a main, wide-angle camera and a secondary, tentatively called ‘telephoto’ …

Note 8 is the first phone with optical stabilization on both cameras

Samsung just got on the stage to extol the virtues of the Note 8’s new dual camera, and, among the adjustable focus pre- and post-shot, the 2x zoom, and other shenanigans already done with dual cameras on other phones, it slipped one unique feature in a jiffy. It turns out that the Note 8 is the first major phone that has optical image stabilization on both camera sensors. 

Thus, the 12MP wide angle lens and the 12MP telephoto one both have their system of springs and shocks that compensate for hand movements hundreds of times per second, making …

OnePlus 5 video stabilization update demoed in new official video

When OnePlus released its latest “flagship killer” back in June, fans were disgruntled to find out that it lacks an optical image stabilization module — something that its predecessors, the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, actually had. To top it off, there was no software stabilization for 4K video recording, which resulted in shaky, nausea-inducing clips. Well, about a week ago, the manufacturer finally issued an update, which adds electronic stabilization to the OnePlus 5. It has now also released a short video clip, showing us a quick before and after.

The clip is …

OnePlus 5 gets 4K video stabilization in OxygenOS 4.5.8 update: before and after, and comparison with iPhone 7

The OnePlus 5 is an excellent all-around phone for a great under $500 price: it’s got the top level Snapdragon 835 system chip, a well-running clean Android interface and even a dual camera. What it lacks is proper stabilization in videos… well, we should rather say ‘lacked’. With the latest OnePlus 5 update (OxygenOS 4.5.8), the company brings the missing 4K electronic image stabilization (EIS) that makes 4K videos much more enjoyable to watch.
It took OnePlus two months to bring this update, but now that it’s here, it makes a big difference. …

OnePlus 5 fails at 4K video stabilization: comparison vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The OnePlus 5 is the new kid on the flagship smartphone block, but how does it do when it comes to 4K video recording? We test its video stabilization (or lack thereof) against the popular Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Keep in mind that the OnePlus 5 lacks optical image stabilization (OIS) and relies on electronic IS only, while the iPhone 7 Plus support both OIS and EIS.

Even the slightest trembling of the hand results in an earthquake-like commotion on screen

And the results are… disappointing. At least for the OnePlus 5 that is. …

Google Photos latest update brings impressive video stabilization to any phone post-capture

Google Photos is getting a big update that brings a ton of new features to the popular service, but there is one in particular that deserves a special mention: stabilization.
That’s right: you can now apply stabilization to your earlier recorded (and presumably jittery and shaky) videos and get them to look buttery smooth. And the result is indeed amazing.
Obviously, you have software stabilization doing its thing, so you will have a slight decrease in the quality of the video, but the result is definitely worth it. …

Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs LG V20 4K video stabilization comparison

Apple’s iPhone 7 features an improved camera system with optical image stabilization (OIS) in addition to Apple’s excellent digital stabilization, so we were curious to see whether it managed to record smoother and more stable video than some of the best-rated camera phones on the market right now.

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The two phones that we have chosen for a pair of 1v1 stabilization comparisons are the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the LG V20. The Galaxy S7 Edge features a 12-megapixel camera that has found a loyal following and many people appreciate the quality out of that shooter. The real highlight of Samsung’s system is a new Dual Pixel focusing system that is currently the fastest on the market and works for both still images and videos.

On the other hand, there is the LG V20 that continues on LG’s great camera traditions. It features a 16-megapixel main rear camera along with a secondary, super wide angle camera also on the back. It also features optical stabilization, but its special sauce is nifty manual controls for both image stills and video.

Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 4K video stabilization comparison Video Here

So with all this in mind, we were curious to test the video stabilization of all these phones in real-life conditions. Which one does best? It’s up to you to decide, we provide the factual evidence to support your case right below.

Apple iPhone 7 vs LG V20 4K video stabilization comparison Video Here