4K video from iPhone 6S Plus shows striking advantage of Optical Image Stabilization vs. iPhone 6s

“Last year, the iPhone 6 Plus had one camera feature the iPhone 6 did not: optical image stabilization for photos, which automatically adjusts the camera sensor to make up for any shakiness the camera may endure,” Husain Sumra reports for MacRumors.

Sumra reports, “With the iPhone 6s Plus, Apple has added optical image stabilization for video as well as still images.”

Giga Tech has uploaded a new video that shows off the 6s Plus’ optical image stabilization versus the iPhone 6s,” Sumra reports.

iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 6s Plus – Digital and Optical Image Stabilization at 4K via GIGA.DE:

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Striking, indeed! We saw the same remarkable differences between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus with OIS on stills. Make sure you watch the video at the highest quality possible.

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  1. The iPhone 6 Plus had some kind of stabilization on video, too. I’ve taken several videos and have been impressed with the smoothness (filming out the window of a plane, landing, in turbulence, for example). Was that really just digital stabilization?

    1. The 6 and 6 Plus also had digital and optical image stabilization, respectively. Optical is a lot better. Thing is, the smooth motion you get from optical image stabilization yields much more efficient motion compensation in the MPEG4 compressor. So you get smaller file size, which is particularly important for 4K video.

      The Focus Pixels feature of the new phones is supposed to yield faster, more effective auto-focus, which also aids in both optical and digital image stabilization. Ironically, it also gives more image detail, which actually makes the intraframe spatial compression less efficient. But it’s worth it because the image quality is so much better.

      Got questions? I’ve got pig-headed opinions.

  2. What jumped out at me in this side by side comparison, besides the image stabilization, was that the camera in the 6S appeared to have much better contrast as the 6S Plus video looked muted and subdued, like it had an ND Filter applied to it.

  3. As much as I don’t like the size of the 6s Plus, or even the 6s this is very tempting. My husband got a 6 plus because of the camera and it’s amazing. If shoot a lot outside, have shaky hands, trying to catch wild life, or on moving vehicles I think the 6s plus is worth it. The larger screen also helps you see better during and after. The 5s is still a better size for my daily use. Because I have it on me more often I have captured some great video that he could not. The 6 camera is the same as the 5s so the 5s was a better choice for me. The 6s plus is so tempting though.

  4. I was really hoping for OIS on the 6S and was remorseful to have to order a 6S. 6S+ is just too big for my shirt pocket (discovered that 2 weeks ago when a person let me put his 6+ in my pocket).

    Now that I have the 6S and I am glad I did not get the 6S+. I think it would have been to big for my hands, and I have big hands, but maybe not as big as some.

  5. That’s REALLY impressive. But I just can’t carry the huge slab of the Plus. E.g. biking. I take my 5S out of my pocket. My friend has to bring a little backpack just to bring his phone. Gimme a break!

  6. This improvement works fine at the micro level. What we also need is some way to get cameramen to work at the macro level. I’ve not shot anything in video but I have no trouble recognizing the key instruction that 90% of videographers ignore — keep the fucking camera still!

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