If you take a lot of videos from Smartphones, either personal or for YouTube, or Facebook, Or you are into Mobile filmmaking, having Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) in a smartphone can drastically improve the quality of the video.
The OIS used to be an exclusive feature that used to only be available on high-end smartphones. Thankfully, there are a few smartphones that are still affordable and have got this feature.
I wrote this article where I mentioned some affordable smartphones with the optical image stabilization feature, and it was quite popular among mobile filmmaking enthusiasts.
Because, with a bit of practice, you would be able to achieve smoother shots, which you could get using a Smartphone Gimbal.
But, now that the Smartphone Gimbal prices have come down, and also the costs of premium smartphones having optical image stabilization have become overpriced, it doesn’t make sense to go for a higher-end smartphone you are on a budget. Check out the article if you are on a budget.
Check out the list of Smartphones having OIS
*in no particular order
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
The Xiaomi Mi 8 is Xiaomi’s 7th generation of its flagship smartphone. This smartphone has got all the not notch specs and trending design, from Snapdragon 845 to the Notch, to the 18:9 Aspect ratio screen, to the Dual Camera set up.
Currently available only in China, but soon will be available in other countries as well. You can get it imported from China.
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OnePlus brings its flagship killer for the year 2020. It has high-end specs, cool features, and stunning design. OnePlus has kept the pricing quite affordable for the features it brings.
OnePlus 8 is discontinued, thankfully it’s successor, the OnePlus 8T is available at the same price.
Asus Zenfone 7
Like other Flagships in the list, the Zenfone 7 has got all the high-end specs, great camera and good looks. Unlike every other smartphone with Notch, Punch Hole design, Asus gives you a clear all screen experience with their unique flip camera mechanism.
The Zenfone 7 actually doesn’t have the OIS, but the gyro based EIS is pretty impressive. I am still using the Asus 6z as of 2021 because I love the phone and sadly the Asus didn’t launch the phone in India. So, alternatively you can buy Asus 6z in India. It’s still that great.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Samsung has raised the price segment of their flagship, the Galaxy S series. But great thing is, they have brought a Fan Edition (FE) series, which is more affordable with equally great camera.
And with features like Optical Image Stabilization, the output is going to be stunning if you are into mobile filmmaking.
If you do not find these smartphones a good buy, or outside of your budget, you can still shoot high-quality videos with smartphones having only EIS. I am still using Asus 6z launched in 2019 and it does not have OIS.
The video quality is pretty amazing. I have posted a few videos I shot using my phone on my Instagram account. Follow me on Instagram to watch them.
Lately, more smartphones are launching in the market with the EIS feature. It can be found in the Mid Range segment smartphones from Xiaomi as well as other companies.
You can go through this article to find the difference and decide it yourself.