Mobile Geeks take to the Taipei City metro system in an attempt to demystify the art of image stabilization and auto-focus with video recording on the very latest smartphones. Check out some of the jumpiest moving footage we could muster and decide for yourself which of today’s three top 5 inch smartphones deal with it best. Nicole Scott reports from a moving train cabin in deepest, darkest Taipei.
A host of new smartphones have been launched in the last couple of months spanning CES, Mobile World Congress and CeBIT tech events. We’ve seen flagship launches from Samsung, Sony and more recently HTC, each with their own take on the popular 5 inch smartphone. The battleground for superiority in this segment means serious differentiation in terms of features, and without doubt the device’s camera is one area which receives a great deal of focus (excuse the pun…), with each manufacturer coming up with their unique design implementations.
One area where smartphones have really improved in recent generations is in automatic image stabilization and auto focus for video recording. In an ideal world we would all shoot our Full HD 1080p videos standing still using a tripod – alas the real world is less than ideal for recording video, where free handed shooting while on the move is standard for us all. The idea of automatic video stabilization means that essentially the camera uses filters to track the pixels in shot and adjust the frame accordingly. This works in tandem with automatic focus which keeps the target object crystal clear while you move. The technologies have improved tremendously in recent years, so it’s really interesting to see just how well each manufacturer has tuned both software and hardware to effectively resolve the issues.
In order to replicate what can probably best be described as ‘shaky hands’ in a continually moving environment, we decided to head over the MRT metro system here in Taipei City and record some video footage with the camera fixed within the cabin of a moving, rumbling train. The end result is some pretty interesting footage. We’ll let you decide which of the three headline 5 inch devices deals with it best.
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