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Old Dec 29, 2009, 11:47 AM   #1
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Default Optical versus sensor shift Image stabilization

I would like to understand the difference between the two IS methods, and which is better and why?

One camera I am considering has OIS in the lens, the rest have sensor shift technology.
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Old Dec 29, 2009, 12:00 PM   #2
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In general the differences are:

sensor shift works on any lens used on the camera. For example a 50mm 1.8 lens gets that benefit. There are no 50mm 1.8 lenses with image stabilization in Canon / Nikon for instance.

In lens has the benefit of showing you in the viewfinder the result of the stabilization - you don't see it happening with sensor stabilization.
There is also some discussion that at longer focal lengths lens-based stabilization is a better performer. But I don't think that's necessarily accepted as fact by everyone.
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Yep, that's about it from John. I would just add that people get very excited about IS/VR/Anti-Shake etc thinking that is going to solve a whole world of problems. It won't, but it's like any feature in photography, if used correctly it will assist the photographer to get a better shot.
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Ditto X 2.
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Old Dec 29, 2009, 7:42 PM   #5
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Are both equally effective?

Example Lumix LX3 versus GF1 (yes I know they are very different but I mean in terms of image stabilization).

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Pretty much imho, I doubt there is a clear cut winner between the in body IS vs lens IS systems.

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