Samsung is seemingly ready to move on to a next generation flagship smartphone stabilisation technology – sensor shift. Reported first by Dutch tech blog Galaxy Club, the tip states that Samsung engineers are already working on sensor shift technology, which will help the company achieve far superior shot stabilisation in its photos and vides. By doing so, Samsung will still not be the first in the world to bring sensor shift to mobile cameras – the honour of that title has already gone to Apple, which introduced sensor shift stabilisation on its last year’s flagship phones, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max.
Sensor shift as a technology is far superior to optical image stabilisation, or OIS. The latter was once the gold standard of incremental stabilisation inside smartphone cameras, but is pretty commonplace today. While OIS uses a gyroscope to read movements that a smartphone is going through and attempt to use negating forces to stabilise the lens – and therefore the image, sensor shift is a superior technology since it stabilises the entire sensor and lens setup.
There are both perks and downsides to sensor shift on phones. In terms of downsides, sensor shift would require the next generation Samsung Galaxy flagship to have additional space around its primary image sensor to fit in the gyroscope apparatus that’ll contribute to the stabilisation. Interestingly, a new set of concept design renders of next year’s Samsung Galaxy flagship was shared today itself by Let’s Go Digital, showcasing how such a layout may turn out to be. The renders take into account a recent report that claimed Samsung to be in talks with legendary camera brand Olympus for a collaboration on cameras.
As for its perks – with sensor shift at hand, Samsung will therefore be free to experiment more with lens quality and optical precision. Apple has already introduced the technology to its Pro variants of the iPhone 12, and the latter is a clear upgrade over erstwhile stabilisation technologies. This would lend at least one key improvement to the next Samsung Galaxy flagship, which should be called the Galaxy S22 as per the company’s latest naming scheme. Given that development cycle of phones begin early enough, the company is believed to have already started working on sensor shift technology for the next Samsung Galaxy flagship.
More details on this, therefore, should come our way in the coming months, during which we also expect to see more of how the 2022 Galaxy S series devices would look like.