Shaky camera syndrome has been almost eliminated in technology Panasonic previewed in its upcoming release of high-end Lumix camcorders.In an upgrade to its Image Stabilisation technology, Panasonic engineers have changed the way cameras take on shaking picture from wrist movement and body movement while filming. While previous image stabilising has catered for wrist movement, it has not focussed on whole body movements and swaying.
Takashi Mori, head of Panasonic’s Digital Imaging Marketing team in Japan, introduced the new ‘Hybrid OIS’ that uses the surplus outer area of the wide angle lens on upcoming Lumix camcorders to stabilise video without loss of quality.
As the camera shakes, software picks up on both body and wrist movement and captures a continuous, stable video with the outer regions of the lens being used as a buffer zone.
In testing while walking, the difference between use of the Hybrid OIS and normal camcorder function is highly noticeable, drastically improving on earlier camera models. The anti-shake functions also noticeably diminish high-zoom shaking.