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Samsung phones to get sensor-shift camera tech like the latest iPhones

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Last updated: April 12th, 2021 at 09:13 UTC+02:00

The iPhone 12 Pro Max was the first smartphone from Apple to feature sensor-shift camera stabilization on the wide lens. This tech stabilizes the camera’s sensor instead of the lens for more precise image stabilization and improved quality.

It looks like Samsung wants to bring this technology to its smartphones. According to a new report, Samsung is working on sensor-shift camera stabilization technology. Is this linked to Samsung’s rumored collaboration on cameras with Olympus?

Is Samsung working with Olympus on this tech?

Optical image stabilization has long been present on Samsung smartphones. You even get the feature on mid-range devices like the Galaxy A52. However, only the lens is stabilized to compensate for the vibrations.

The sensor-shift camera technology takes a different approach. It’s not the lens but the camera sensor that moves to counter the vibrations. This delivers better stabilization and enhanced picture quality. GalaxyClub reports that Samsung has been testing a phone with sensor-shift camera stabilization for some time now.

We may not see this new camera tech until next year. Samsung often introduces major camera improvements with the new Galaxy S flagships. It was rumored last week that Samsung would be collaborating with a major camera brand for its flagship smartphone cameras. We’ve seen such partnerships between mobile manufacturers and camera brands before. Huawei and Leica, for example.

Is the work on sensor-shift camera tech related to its collaboration with Olympus? It’s pertinent to note that Olympus has quite a bit of experience developing cameras with sensor-shift stabilization.

This is only speculation at this point. There’s every possibility that sensor-shift tech may be introduced with the Galaxy S22 without any Olympus branding. With Apple expected to bring this tech to its entire new iPhone lineup this year, it was only a matter of time before Android OEMs followed suit. Who better to introduce it to the Android community than Samsung.

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