Image stabilization (IS) is a set of techniques used to reduce the effects of blur caused by movement / shaking camera for shooting when the camera is held directly by hand-holding

On camera, the effect of shocks is a very annoying problem, especially at low shutter speeds or when shooting long distances using telephoto lenses.

Image stabilization is now a widespread technology in recent years and applied to a variety of camera systems. Uniquely, each manufacturing implement image stabilization technology with different way.

Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Fujifilm, and Samsung applies image stabilization system on their lenses. While Olympus and Pentax placed on the camera body. Sony is the most bizarre vendors. For the Alpha line of cameras SLR her she uses technology ‘Super Steady Shot’ on the camera body, while for the cameras that entered production in the NEX line (Sony Cybershot) he uses in-lens image stabilizer called ‘Optical Steady Shot’ .

All manufacturers are putting cameras feature image stabilization on the lens (in-lens) give their own name for the technology:

– Canon : Image Stabilization (IS)
– Nikon : Vibration Reduction (VR)
– Fujifilm, Leica, Panasonic and Samsung : Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
– Sony (NEX system) : Optical Steady Shot (OSS)
– Sony (Alpha) : Super Steady Shot (SSS)
– Sigma : Optical Stabilization (OS)
– Tamron :Vibration Compensation (VC)
– Pentax : Shake Reduction (SR)

One thing to remember, image stabilization technology has the capability limits. Image stabilization can not cope with blurred photo / photo blur due to subject movement or camera shake in the extreme. Image stabilization is only designed to reduce blur caused by camera shake when the camera is taken lightly by hand (hand-held shooting).


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