Nokia’s OIS available for other OEMs as ST Microelectronics exclusivity ends

| January 29, 2014 | 13 Replies
Lumia 920 OIS. Image Credit: The Verge

Lumia 920 OIS.
Image Credit: The Verge

When Nokia introduced Optical Image Stabilisation to smartphones (920), it changed how mobile photography was perceived. Low light became another battle ground. Who could do it better? Phones had become quite similar in daylight (only a few shining through, e.g. Nokia). In low light without flash, Nokia’s PureView Phase 2 was a clear winner.

Nokia has been famous for its optical image stabilization on smartphone cameras since the Lumia 920. We’ve tested it against every other smartphone you can think of, and there’s no denying that Nokia is superior.

With flash, the xenon equipped N8/808 had previously shown the power of a real flash. The 1020 had both OIS (different ball-bearing based one), PureView phase 1 41MP oversampling and PureView phase 2 OIS.

Whilst others have made attempts at also adding stabilisation (digital or optical), none were reaching what Nokia could do.

Recent reports suggest that other OEMs may now utilise Nokia’s OIS as Nokia’s exclusivity deal with the chip maker that contained the OIS has finished.

I wonder what Nokia’s Juha thinks? Knowing his passion for imaging at Nokia, this will spur more improvement as challenges of the past have driven tons of exciting innovations in Nokia cameras.


Source: TheRegister

Via: PhoneArena via:


Category: Lumia, Nokia

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