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How the Mi 5 4-Axis Image Stabilization Compares to the iPhone 6S


Cameras are one of the key features consumers look for in smartphones, so phone makers are constantly working to break new ground in smartphone camera features, specs, and quality. Dual camera systems are starting to appear, OPPO just unveiled the first sensor-baser image stabilizer for smartphones.

The Chinese company Xiaomi has a few tricks of its own. Its new Mi 5 smartphone features a new 4-axis optical image stabilization system that appears to outperform the latest and greatest Apple stabilization system in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

In the “shake off” video above, we see the Mi 5, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 6S Plus shaken in exactly the same way while recording video. The iPhones’ footage still shows a good deal of shaking, but the Mi 5’s 4-axis stabilization is able to keep the subject’s position relatively constant in the frame.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 features a Sony IMX298 sensor. Other specs and features include a 5.3-inch Full HD screen, Snapdragon 820, and 4GB of RAM. No word yet on whether the Mi 5 will be available in the US market.