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We compare the video stabilization on the Apple iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S

When unveiling the new iPhone 5 Apple’s Phil Schiller bragged about the improved video stabilization on the smartphone. Given how good the video stabilization on the iPhone 4S was, we were wondering if the latest iPhone 5 will actually be able to deliver.

That’s why we decided to put it the iPhone 5 to a test pinning it against its predecessor. The results await after the break.

First off our test involves strapping the two devices on a stand so they both face the same type and amount of shakes.

As it turns out, the iPhone 5 has a slightly wider viewing angle than the iPhone 4S when recording videos. This means that you’ll be able to fit more in the frame, but also that there are fewer pixels to describe each part of it.

Overall the iPhone 5 produces steadier videos. Camera movement comes out smoother and the result is generally more pleasing. Yet, looking at the videos, we can’t help but notice that the iPhone 4S captures way more fine detail. Signs are easier to read and the whole video appears to be a little bit sharper.

It’s important to note that the iPhone 5 and 4S utilize a digital video stabilization and not an optical one. Nokia’s top-dog Lumia 920 has real optical image stabilization on its PureView 8MP snapper, giving it some serious bragging rights as far as cameraphones are concerned.


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