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Image Stabilization VS Picture Stabilization??

by pdxmatts / December 13, 2006 3:01 AM PST

Does anyone know the difference between these.

The Fujifilm F30 has picture stabilization

The Canon SD700IS has Image stabilization

What makes them different. The lens? I do not know if the Fuji has true image stabilization. Can anyone help clear this up? Thanks

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / December 13, 2006 7:57 AM PST

Image stabilization usually refers to Optical stabilization.
This is the preferred and more costly method of stabilization.
This is done by controlling the lens.

Digital stabilization goes by many names; picture stabilization, anti shake, and others.
Digital stabilization is done by electronically shifting bits in the image buffer. This is not as effective as optical stabilization and you lose some megapixels from your final image.

Fujifilm, Olympus, Casio and recently Nikon are using digital stabilization in some of their cameras.

There is another method of stabilization that is used by Sony in their new DSLR camera and it can be found in a few of the small Pentax cameras. They stabilize the CCD sensor instead of the lens.
This type of stabilization is ranked between the optical and digital stabilization. It has an advantage on DSLR cameras, which means that you do not have to buy individual stabilized lenses.


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Thank you
by pdxmatts / December 13, 2006 8:26 AM PST
In reply to: Stabilization

Thanks, that is exactly what I wanted to know. good explanation Snapshot.

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