Pixel Smartphone Cameras Embrace EIS, Instead Of OIS

Pixel smartphone cameras reveal an EIS set-up, unlike most devices which bear OIS based cameras. Google claims that it works much better than OIS, in low-light settings. Here’s the full explanation!

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The Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are one of the finest inventions of Google. The amazing specs and features that the genius company has introduced in the phones, is what makes them so unique and impressive. Google has made them almost identical. The difference between the two is very trivial. So, naturally picking one over the other becomes a pointless task.

The Pixel line, as a whole, is sheer awesomeness. There are millions of reasons why grabbing these phones becomes a must for everyone. One of these reasons being the brilliant camera set-up in the phones. We are already aware that, both the smartphones have similar cameras. They bear a 12.3MP rear shooter and an 8MP front shooter, that come equipped with a phase detection autofocus, a laser autofocus, a f/2.0 aperture and a dual-LED tone flash. Additionally, the camera applications are supported by an HDR+ mode. In fact, Google takes pride in calling the Pixel cameras, as the “best smartphone cameras ever made”, and we totally support that.

What makes the Pixel smartphone cameras different from others, is the EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) technology behind its set-up. Google, intentionally opted for this technology for the Pixel phones. It did not go with the commonly-used OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) technology, which is found in most smartphones. And, it has justified this decision with a logical explanation.

One of the Google employees named, IssacOnCamera, clearly explained Google’s decision for opting EIS over OIS, in a post on the Google Product Forum. This is what he said in his post:

“EIS and OIS have very different goals, so you can’t compare them to ask which is better/worse. OIS primarily improves low light photography by physically compensating for hand shake within each single frame, and EIS improves shaky video by maintaining a consistent framing between multiple video frames.”

IssacOnCamera, further explained that, while OIS worked better only for still photos taken under low-light settings; EIS was capable of doing the same for videos, as well. It supported 4K resolution videos perfectly. That’s why it seemed like a better fit for the Pixel smartphone Cameras. Additionally, OIS had “all kinds of tradeoffs” attached to it, especially the size. So, fitting a slim device like Pixel, with an OIS camera, seemed impossible. With EIS, Google didn’t have to face any such problem. Also, the HDR+ mode was enough to compensate for the loss of OIS in Pixel smartphone cameras; as it made low-light photography better.

We must admit that the reasons given by IssacOnCamera on behalf of Google, are quite practical. It is understood, why Google found EIS as a feasible option for Pixel smartphone cameras. One can notice how the technology has only made the phones better, in a way. In fact, one must congratulate Google for taking such a risk and making positive efforts. This clearly shows the company’s dedication towards its products and the customers. For the Pixel smartphone cameras only two words come to mind now: KUDOS GOOGLE!


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