According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from TF Securities, Apple’s next generation 6.7-inch iPhone 12 will reportedly feature sensor-shift image stabilization.
Currently, Apple uses optical image stabilization which means that an element inside the lens is shifted to compensate for camera shake. With sensor-shift image stabilization, the image sensor is shifted inside the camera to compensate for camera shake, reads a new report from MacRumors.
What Digital Camera explains that sensor-shift image stabilization in a DSLR camera “works by moving the camera’s sensor around the image plane using electrical actuators. If any shake motion is detected by the camera’s accelerometers, it calculates in real-time the direction and speed to move the sensor, so that it remains stationary in relation to the image being projected onto it by the lens.”
Existing iPhone handsets already feature optical image stabilization for both photo and video capture, but that’s only available when using the Wide and Telephoto lenses. Ultra Wide shots aren’t stabilized yet.
The advantage of sensor-shift image stabilization is that any lens attached to the camera will be able to utilize the built-in stabilization. The disadvantage is that typically you wouldn’t be able to preview the stabilized image on screen making it harder to compose a shot. However, Apple may be able to take care of this with software.
In 2021, the same sensor-shift technology is predicted to expand its reach to “two or three” iPhone models, Kuo wrote. Apple is expected to take the improvements further in 2022 by adding periscope lenses for the first time.