Nokia’s optical image stabilization technology now available to other OEMs
Yes, we know this title is like saying that Apple’s App Store is now available to Windows Phone customers, but it’s actually a different scenario. 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, or at least was, according to some news.
It turns out that what Nokia had was an exclusive deal to the ST Microelectronics L2G2IS two-axis gyro, which allowed movement compensation of up to 500 times per second, and that was built-in to the Lumia 920, 925, 1020, and 1520. We say had because the deal has now expired, and for some odd reason, we haven’t gotten news of Nokia interested in renewing its exclusivity with ST Micro.
This tiny chip is worth $1.7 per smartphone when purchased in bulk, and it begs to wonder if Nokia has now landed a better sensor for its 2014 Lumia line-up. It’s only logical that ST Micro will find other customers for the chip soon, so whatever the case may be, it seems that 2014 will offer better smartphone cameras from more than just Lumia smartphones. We wonder how Nokia and Microsoft plan to differentiate the Lumia going forward.