Google explains why Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone cameras have EIS instead Optical Image Stabilisation

Google says Pixel and Pixel XL rely on Electronic Image Stabilisation is for better photography in low-light.

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    • Google Pixel & Pixel XL has EIS instead of Optical Image Stabilisation.
    • Google Pixel supports EIS in 4K resolution video.
    • It comes with the new Pixel launcher and Google Assistant.

Google has recently announced its two new ‘Made by Google’ smartphones Pixel and Pixel last week. Claiming the phones to be the ‘’best camera phone ever”, it seems like Google is pushing the camera as a major selling point. However, the Pixel and Pixel XL don’t have Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), instead it uses readings from the phone’s inbuilt gyroscope to compensate for shake.

Google did give an explanation on why they opted for electronic image stabilization (EIS) instead of OIS. In the Pixel User Community Forums, where a user named Jake Crystal asked about why the company had decided to go with EIS and Isaac Reynolds, Google’s camera product lead sharing some sample photos came forth with an answer.

His post says, “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.” He further says EIS is used only for video, while OIS is for still photos and helps with low-light photos by compensating for the hand shake while allowing longer exposures. According to him OIS comes with ‘‘kinds of tradeoffs,’’ including its physical size, and it would have been hard for Google to produce a slim/small Pixel device with OIS in the camera. The post also says that even though Pixel lacks OIS it is still very strong in low-light photos. Relying on its “world-class software algorithm, notably HDR+”, the Pixel will get better with its software instead of OIS hardware. Google Pixel comes with EIS support in 4K resolution video.

Google Pixel sports a big 5.5-inch QHD display, while the Pixel has a 5-inch full HD display. Both the phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 64-bit processor along with 4GB RAM paired with 32GB/128GB on-board storage. Google Pixel and Pixel runs on Android Nougat 7.1. The smartphones come with the new Pixel launcher and has Google Assistant in-built feature. It is the new smart assistant from the company which can start off a conversation with the user, keep a track of their appointments, alarms, meetings etc. Google is also offering unlimited storage for the photos in the cloud for the Pixel users. The users can save all their photos and videos at full resolution in the Google app.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be available for pre-order in Flipkart from October 13. The Google Pixel is priced at Rs 57,000 while the Pixel XL comes for a price of Rs 76,000.