OPPO revolutionizes smartphone cameras with SmartSensor stabilization

Up-and-coming Chinese device manufacturer OPPO curiously elected to unveil the F1 “selfie expert” more than a month ahead of the now ongoing Mobile World Congress, instead traveling to Barcelona to announce a couple of things that look less glamorous at a first glance, but are actually way more important for the industry’s evolution.

Yes, the industry as a whole must benefit from the introduction of Super VOOC Flash Charge technology, as well as something called SmartSensor Image Stabilization, though in all probability, OPPO won’t share its two latest innovations with rival OEMs.

Unlike all other optical image stabilization solutions adopted thus far by everyone from Apple to Samsung to LG, which are lens-based due to their modules’ small sizes, SmartSensor IS upgrades stabilizing functionality from two axes of movement to three, thanks to a sensor-based technique.

Sounds awfully complicated and technical, so let us simplify things for you. This groundbreaking new feature is the world’s first to tackle the most common kind of shaking in photography, compensating for it in 15 milliseconds, compared to 50 for its predecessors and competitors.

In other words, it can eliminate many more photo flaws than standard lens-based image stabilization systems, and it does it ultra-fast, also reducing your cam’s power consumption to as little as 2 percent. Last but certainly not least, it provides IS precision of 0.3 µm, aka a third of a pixel, compared to between 3 and 5 µm for traditional technologies of this nature.

Okay, OPPO, we get it, the Find 9 will be a shutterbug’s wet dream, not to mention the fastest-charging smartphone known to man. But can you hurry up and release it already?

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