Rumor: Galaxy Note 3 camera to include optical image stabilization technology

May 27, 2013
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Galaxy Note 3 concept

Galaxy Note 3 concept

A new report says that the Galaxy Note 3 could feature an improved camera capable to offer users optical image stabilization (OIS) features.

According to etnews, Samsung is apparently working on including OIS capabilities in the unannounced Galaxy Note 3, a feature that should help improve the pictures and videos taken with the phone’s main camera.

OIS is a technology that’s used in various cameras but also in some mobile devices to reduce image blur caused by motion when taking pictures and/or recording videos. In addition to OIS, the Galaxy Note 3 team has apparently also considered including 3x optical zoom capabilities in the phone’s camera, but it looks like that’s not an option for the handset, as it would affect the thickness of the device.

Modern mobile devices already offer software-based image stabilization features but OIS would actually deal with issues caused by motion right at the lens or sensor level.

Obviously, we’re treating such reports as rumors at this time, as there’s no way of confirming them just yet. There are plenty of other reports and rumors detailing the next-gen Galaxy Note model but Samsung is yet to unveil it. The handset is said to be announced at IFA in Germany, which is where its predecessor were also unveiled.

Since Samsung also makes plenty of digital cameras – including the Android-based Galaxy Camera – we’re not surprised that its teams are trying to improve the camera experience of upcoming smartphones, especially flagship devices. After all, it looks like smartphone makers are starting to pay more attention to the other features of a camera phone – see HTC’s UltraPixel and Nokia’s PureView technologies – other than megapixels, and Samsung will surely try to improve the cameras of its smartphones.

Samsung is also said to release a Galaxy S4 Zoom camera phone in the near future, a device that would pack better camera features. The device is rumored to offer a 16-megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom, and it will certainly be interesting to see whether it will also feature OIS capabilities.

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