Oppo Introduces SmartSensor - first ever sensor based image stabilizer for smartphones

In addition to Oppo's latest announcement of the Super VOOC Flash Charge technology, they revealed another great innovation - a sensor based image stabilizer for smartphone cameras.

Oppo is known to be an innovator and as the company was focusing a lot on photography lately, I was hoping that they will announce something new related to photography at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. They did not disappoint and the new sensor sounds very exciting. .

Oppo’’s imaging laboratory collaborated with MEMS Drive, in which they have invested to develop a new SmartSensor image stabilization technology. This is the first ever sensor-based image stabilizer for smartphones and the smallest image stabilizer, for any type of device, in the world.

Until today, all imaging stabilization solutions for smartphones have been lens-based. This technology uses a motor to shift the lens slightly to compensate for unwanted movements of the camera on just two axes of motion. The most common kind of shaking in photography takes place on the roll axis. This motion can not be corrected with lens-based image stabilization. Hence, the current solution is incomplete. 

The new SmartSensor technology , which is only as thin as two sheets of paper, detects motion on three axes of movement and makes split-second compensations with a monocrystalline silicon MEMS system. That makes SmartSensor ten times more precise than lens-based stabilizers. SmartSensor makes precise adjustments at scales of less than a third of a pixel. This is the first pixel-level image stabilization technology for smartphones in the world.

SmartSensor is revolutionarily fast, requiring just 15 milliseconds to achieve comprehensive image stabilization, that’s 3 times faster than traditional lens-based image stabilizer which compensates for shaking using a spring-based mechanism.

SmartSensor also greatly reduces power consumption and avoids lens heating. SmartSensor uses a voltage-driven sensor, with 50 times less power consumption than of lens-based solutions. This helps maintain image quality even after extended periods of shooting.

It is exciting to see that Oppo keeps working hard on improving mobile phone cameras and setting up new standards. Their mobile phone cameras are already outstanding. I hope for a new device announcement soon so we can see this sensor in action.

Source: Oppo Community