If you take a lot of videos from Smartphones, either personal, YouTube, or Facebook. If 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 the costs of premium smartphones having optical image stabilization have become overpriced, it doesn’t make sense to go for a higher-end smartphone if 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
iPhone 12 Mini
If you are strictly looking for a smartphone with a great camera under budget then iPhone 12 mini can be considered. The 60 4GB variant is affordable than the OnePlus 9, which is the most value for money flagship android smartphone available in the market, with an amazing set of cameras.
Yes, iPhone 13 has been launched in the market but the 12 is still great, especially the 12 mini, which has got the same set of cameras the iPhone 12 has got. The only complaint of iPhone 12 mini owners is, its battery life, but that can be solved using a power bank, and considering it is tiny, it is a great device for taking videos of high quality.
OnePlus brought its flagship killer for the year 2021, the OnePlus 9 5G. It has high-end specs, cool features, and a stunning design. Although it is an affordable flagship smartphone the price is still high and does not fit into our list of affordable smartphones with optical image stabilization.
Thankfully it has also launched an affordable version of the OnePlus 9, it’s called the OnePlus 9R 5G, and it also has got Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and the price is affordable.
Asus Zenfone 7
Like other Flagships in the list, the Zenfone 7 has got all the high-end specs, a great camera, and good looks. Unlike every other smartphone with Notch, Punch Hole design, Asus gives you a clear all-screen experience with its 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. Or just get an OSMO Mobile Gimbal, that’ll take care of the OIS part and it works with pretty much every smartphone.
I have posted a few videos I shot using my phone on my Instagram account. Follow me on Instagram to see it yourself.
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.