Samsung is having supply difficulties with its smartphone camera optical image stabilization (OIS) plans, a new report says, which means the Galaxy S5 may not actually offer such a feature next year.
ETNews, the same publication that said the other day that the Galaxy S5 may be launched in March/April, revealing some alleged features of the handset in the process, now says that Samsung will be ready to include OIS cameras in handsets after April 2014. Since the Galaxy S5 is said to enter production in January, that would mean that buyers may have to wait for the next flagship Galaxy handset – most likely the Galaxy Note 4 – to get an OIS camera.
For what it’s worth, the Galaxy S5 is rumored to have a 16-megapixel main shooter, a camera module that’s expected to be found in 25% of Samsung smartphones released next year.
Comparatively, several 2013 smartphones already come with OIS cameras including the HTC One, the LG G2 or various Nokia Lumia models. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 (pictured above) was rumored to also have an OIS camera, but that did not happen.
At the same time, we’ll remind you that Samsung is yet to officially confirm anything about the Galaxy S5. Furthermore, since we’re several months away from the phone’s official launch, we can only expect more and more Galaxy S5 rumors to hit the web, including reports that further detail the camera capabilities of the handset.
Would the lack of an OIS camera on the Galaxy S5 be a deal-breaker for you?
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“Would the lack of an OIS camera on the Galaxy S5 be a deal-breaker for you?”
Yep. It’s about time that stuff like that was ‘standard’.
Imo, 13mp with ois> 16mp
For sure. 8mp with ois and a good lens > 16mp.
For sure 5 mp with ois and LEICA APO-TELYT-R lens > 16mp
Is AA really asking that question? It’s time OIS became a damn standard for our smartphones. We pay in the excess of $500 and our smartphone’s cameras are quite frankly… shit.
“We pay in the excess of $500 and our smartphone’s cameras are quite frankly… shit.”
Isn’t this a perfect reminder that smartphone’s are NOT professional camera’s… It is a handy tool in your pocket to quickly snap something, but as long you haven’t got an S4 Zoom, you shouldn’t expect too much from the smartphone’s camera…
I also want a smartphone with a (more) decent camera, and I would love the OIS feature, but for now I’m fairly satisfied with the picture quality from my S3′s camera.
Would it be a deal breaker for me? probably yes, if there is another phone with about the same specs and OIS…
Anyone who calls the Exmor RS sh*t needs to stop calling things entirely. It’s a great achievement in moderate to good light for such a small sensor, everything else is simply a money thing: you either choose the S-Pen and expensive Wacom digitizer, the fingerprint sensor and Apple build, or the larger Lumia sensor and faster lens. Quite simply, there is no single device that does everything great for $600, so it’s up to your skills to find the device best suiting your needs, if that’s serious photography on mobile (sounds like a contradiction), you choose one of the great Lumias.
Exmor RS on Xperia phones are nothing compared to the ones Sony fit on their camera, like the RX100
However, the Z1′s Exmor RS is currently the 2nd best camera on a phone
its not a matter of serious photography.
It wouldn’t be a deal breaker, because I will be looking at great phones that time and guessing here in South Africa there won’t be better than the s5. It’s either that or I’ll take the Note 3.
It would be a bummer next year to have a flagship device without OIS
It seems Samsung are slightly slipping behind the standard of innovation set by the S3. When the S4 was launched it was /meh and it might be the same with the S5
Nah, Because the S4 was an upgrade for S2 users and the S5 will be an upgrade for S3 users.
OIS is always good but usually comes short when it’s most important: in low light it’s not just you that have to be entirely motionless, but your subject too, and even with OIS anything lower than 1/10s won’t tolerate the subject’s smallest move. So if Samsung’s solution really brings several times better low light performance, it could choose something like 1/30s and have better results than the G2 with OIS for example… we’ll see.
OIS’ best use comes with video: Software stabilization can be quite good actually but it cuts away from the FOV so if Samsung’s serious about ppl. using their devices for video recording they shouldn’t miss out the optical stabilizer.
For the price yes..it will be a deal breaker
No as I have a s4 so my next will likely be a s6 or 7 so I will be able to look back in scorn at those with an inferior s5 :O
They need to worry first about battery performance and second sound quality…camera is a distant 3rd for me
agreed. samsung phone battery life is quite frankly- shit… without doing much the battery only lasts < 16 hrs and that is unacceptable
How come their batteries get larger yet still can’t last very long?
common sense is seriously lacking with you bro.
Bigger screen, Full HD resolution (4xtimes more pixel than 720p) over 2Ghz Quad core CPUs, LTE ….all these suck power..a lot
The sound quality out of the Galaxy S series (except the s2) is top notch wolfson DAC Samsung phones EASILY have the best audio out of all android phones. HTC One beats audio chip is shite.
That would be silly considering that’s pretty much the standard going forward. I’d prefer a camera with less mp with OIS vs a higher one without..
They are copying LG and not surprising that they are the well-known copycat. Korean technology are never as good and reliable as the Japanese which is for sure.
What Japanese company are you talking about?
Is true in other markets but there are no Japanese companies seriously competing in the cellphone market
No, it wont be a deal breaker, but it will leave bad taste in my mouth
In my small town there is no 3G connectivity (every network is 2G here) but if my new Samsung S5 lacks 3G connectivity, it will pain me, even though it should’nt matter to me.
….the lack of OIS shouldn’t matter to me since i rarely take videos (almost never) but if my Samsung S5 lacks OIS, it will leave a bad taste in my mouth..
The Iphone 5s doesn’t have OIS…. and is better than most android phones that do yanoe..
lol. people dont care if it has ois. all they care about is the samsung brand.
on a side note. if samsung is indeed going to use an all metal chassis/shell… then there will be no money left for the extra dollar it will cost to put ois in the camera. just saying that rumor makes this rumor credible.
If I was going to an S5 I would wait till after April when the cameras had ois.
That would be a terrible mistake for Samsung to don’t launch the GS5 with an OIS camera. All the other manufacturers have smartphones with OIS camera… If there is no OIS I will go for Sony or Nokia