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iPhone 6 To Ditch OIS for EIS (Optical vs Electronic Image Stabilization)?

by Mihai Matei on April 29, 2014


A new week is upon us, and as expected, a new rumor surrounding the iPhone 6 has surfaced on the blogosphere. As you all know, Apple is expected to release the next-gen iPhone sometime in Q3-Q4, and as is the case with a popular device such as the iPhone, leaks and rumors continue to flow at a regular rate.

One of the biggest questions concerning the iPhone 6 is “what improvements will it bring to the table in the camera department?” The Cupertino-based giant has a pretty big name to defend in this area, as iPhones in general have been praised for their main shooters. Until now, everyone’s guess was that Apple will introduce Optical Image Stabilization, but according to the latest, it may not be the case at all. You’ll find the full story below.

iPhone 6 To Ditch OIS for EIS (Optical vs Electronic Image Stabilization)?

iPhone 6 To Ditch OIS for EIS (Optical vs Electronic Image Stabilization)?

iPhone 6 to Ditch OIS for EIS?

Sun Chang Xu (the new chief analyst at ESM-China) has recently hit the Chinese social network known as Weibo with new bits and pieces of information regarding the iPhone 6′s camera. According to Sun, Apple’s next flagship phone will not use OIS. Instead, it will make use of Electronic Image Stabilization. In addition, the source has also suggested that the iPhone 6′s camera will boast a pixel size of 1.75 um, as opposed to the iPhone 5S’ 1.5 um. In general, a larger pixel size means a better picture, so that’s a plus.

But let’s get back to the whole OIS deal for a bit. Why would Apple not want OIS on its upcoming flagship phone? Well, word on the street is that Apple has decided against using OIS in favor of delivering a slim smartphone without a protruding camera, like we saw in one of last month’s leaks. Sadly, this also means that picture quality will eventually suffer.


EIS, unlike OIS, doesn’t require moving hardware parts in order to reduce the amount of blur in a picture. Everything is done through software algorithms, and as such, the camera’s production costs are lower and the smartphone is lighter. However, EIS can’t reach the level of fidelity delivered by OIS, and the image quality is degraded significantly in low light conditions.

We already heard that the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 (aka iPhone Air) will be so slim that Apple’s battery providers are having difficulties meeting the company’s demands. So, it looks like “slimness” is one of the main factors Apple is targeting with its upcoming generation of smartphones.

iPhone 6 To Ditch OIS for EIS (Optical vs Electronic Image Stabilization)?

We should also point out that Sun Chang Xu is the same analyst who has previously stated that the iPhone 6 will feature a slew of sensors. Previously, she also hinted at the iWatch’s production and retail prices.

Any thoughts regarding the iPhone 6 and the possibility that it may lack OIS?

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