Smartphone cameras are one of the key areas Smartphone buyers take into consideration.
In fact, it is the number one priority of the OEMs to improve their cameras in the flagship devices.
If we have to look for differences between a mid-range and a flagship Smartphone, then the difference is not much in other departments. You almost get every feature in a mid-range smartphone.
You pay that extra money only for the design and built quality, some futuristic technology that is very new in the market, and all the improvements that happen in the camera.
But, does spending all that money, just to get a better camera, makes sense?
Well, it depends on how you are going to use your Smartphone.
One of the key features that is only available in flagship devices and is not present in mid-range smartphones is Image Stabilization.
There are two types of stabilization tech that can be found in a Smartphone, one is the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and the other is Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS).
What is Optical Image Stabilization?
It is where physical sensors are present in the smartphone to prevent the camera from shaking and projecting the video without any shakes, this is called optical image stabilization.
What is Electronic Image Stabilization?
Electronic Image Stabilization is based on software which calculates every frame of the video and tries to keep it stable by cropping out the corners, resulting in the final video to get a bit is zoomed in and free from shakes.
Which is better? OIS or EIS?
The Optical Image Stabilization has physical sensors that try to keep the camera stable, it is better than Electronic Image Stabilization, which will make the video a bit zoomed in because it does not prevent any shakes physically to the camera.
Also, the Electronic Image Stabilization is now available in even the mid-range smartphones as well, I think Redmi Note 5 Pro was one of the first mid-range Smartphones to offer Electronic Image Stabilization.
And then after that, we have seen quite a lot of Smartphones coming with EIS.
OIS, on the other hand, is still found only in the high-end flagship smartphones, Zenfone 5 from Asus is probably the most affordable flagship smartphone which has got OIS. It was OnePlus 6 prior to that.
OIS Makes all the Difference in a Video Footage
If the smartphone camera has got OIS, it will shoot smoother videos without much effort.
If the smartphone camera has got only EIS, you may have to make some effort to keep the videos mode., but you can still achieve good results from it.
You can use Mobile Gimbals for Shooting Stabilized Videos
One of the alternatives you can use for shooting stabilized videos is using mobile Gimbals.
Even the Mobile Gimbals used to cost a lot of money, but now the prices are going down and now they are quite affordable these days.
Xiaomi has recently launched $90 Mobile Gimbal.
A Smartphone Gimbal provides stabilization to the Smartphone camera externally, but even it performs better when there is EIS or OIS present in the phone.
If you are someone who creates videos for YouTube or Facebook, you might first want to invest in a Smartphone which offers at least EIS.
Currently, the Redmi Note 5 Pro in the budget segment offers EIS, and the Zenfone 5 or OnePlus 6, the two affordable flagship phones that offer OIS.
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