No video stabilization on Nexus 5X

"DB> Yea, same sensor (IMX377) and F/2.0 optics. But 6P has more CPU/GPU horsepower so has a few additional features like 240fps slomo (vs 120fps on 5X), Smartburst, and EIS."

If I'm interpreting this correctly, it means the LG +Nexus​​​ 5X will have no stabilization in video whatsoever.
It will need some confirmation in testing of course, but that's a huge letdown for at least two reasons:
– the Snapdragon 808 should be capable of software video stabilization. Heck, LG claims to combine optical and electronic image stabilization for better results.
– it's a regression compared to the 2 years old Nexus 5, which featured an optically stabilized camera module that's doing a very good job in video mode.

Edit 2:
Moto X Pure, has a very good electronic image stabilization in video for 1080p30, but not 1080p60 nor 4K it seems.
Google's engineers answers is misguided then.

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12 thoughts on “No video stabilization on Nexus 5X”

  1. Nope there was a post from Helen at OnePlus that OIS functions only for stills, that video stabilization will be via EIS not currently implemented but to be rolled out in the future. She was quite clear about this. I'll find the link.

  2. +Jeff Mudrick​ okay thanks for the info, which contradicts the feedback I read earlier.
    You can confirm with your own test BTW? (zoom 4x in video mode and comparing shaking with a phone that doesn't have any video stabilization)
    It's true that OIS behavior can be tuned differently to behave optimally on still and videos.

  3. Sorry. Here : Hey everyone, thought I would jump in here with a quick response to clear up a few points.

    There are two different types of stabilization technologies at play here. One is OIS (optical image stabilization) and the other is EIS (electronic image stabilization).

    OIS is a hardware solution, the lens moves in the counter direction to compensate for insignificant displacement, ie. minor hand shaking. This mainly benefits still capture in low light conditions. It has little effect on video recording as the displacement it can overcome is relatively small.

    EIS (commonly referred to as video stabilization by Qualcomm) is a software solution. The displacement tolerance is much higher and Qualcomm has implemented this technology for video stabilization specifically. The implementation has no effect on still capture currently.

    Now, OnePlus 2 comes with OIS and our camera software supports this hardware feature. However, our software does not support EIS as of now which is probably why you are seeing the video stabilization flag set to false. We do have plans of rolling out an EIS update in the future.

    Hope this clarifies things a bit."

  4. So the Moto X Pure looks more and more interesting to me, and it's not even a lot bigger than the 5X. Although i'm a bit torn between the Play and the Pure and S6/G4 seem to be a lot better in low light. ;(
    Or i wait for the Z5, but 400-500€ is already a bit above my "old" price range. 😉

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