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Old Apr 8, 2004, 10:43 AM   #1
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Default Anti-Shake Hype - Misleading?

Can someone explain what all the hype about the
AS (Anti-Shake) is. I find it misleading, unless I am
missing something. To me, the AS assists in helping
eliminate any unsteadyness on the part of the photo-
grapher. And it greatly reduces the need to carry
around a tripod. Right so far?

But I have read, at different places, that some people
are getting the impression that it helps take better
pictures aside from the above. There is even an advert-
isement on another forum that shows people dancing
and a blurry picture that results without AS. With AS
the pictures are clearer and sharper. Huh!

Now AS may assist in stopping camera shake, but it
definately does not assist in stopping the movement
or shaking of the subject(s) being photographed.

To me, a faster shutter speed would be much more
useful than AS. Yes? No?

So, as I said, is all the hype misleading, or am I missing
something.

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Old Apr 8, 2004, 11:02 AM   #2
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Simply stated with my Minolta DiMage A1:
7x zoom without tripod and AS off = Blurry photo
7x zoom without tripod and AS on = sharp photo
Result = Happy A1 owner
Perhaps my hands are not as steady as some - but I will have a hard time buying another camera without it.
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It seems to me that you have analyzed it correctly.

The only thing that will stop subject blur is a faster exposure, be that a faster shutter speed or an all strobe lit (no ambient light) subject.

For the camera manufacturers to imply that you can carelessly move the camera radically and the anti-shake will stablize the picture to the point it is sharp is pretty misleading.

Based on my limited experience shooting digital in ambient light, an anti-shake feature could be helpful, but certainly not a major cure.

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Old Apr 8, 2004, 4:28 PM   #4
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I have a 10x zoom Toshiba used mainly natural light situations while out hiking. Bought a lightweight tripod to take with me but it stays at home. Even at max zoom I find I have no problem with blurry pictures in natural light and the camera doesn't have image stabalization.

And yes the A2 ad (which is also shown on this site) is very misleading to the uneducated shopper.
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Old Apr 8, 2004, 8:34 PM   #5
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Default Re: Anti-Shake Hype - Misleading?

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... There is even an advert-
isement on another forum that shows people dancing
and a blurry picture that results without AS. With AS
the pictures are clearer and sharper. Huh!...
Does seem odd - can you post a link to the advert?
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Old Apr 8, 2004, 8:55 PM   #6
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http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/forum.asp?forum=1024

The banner at the top of the page. It's for the A2.

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Old Apr 8, 2004, 9:01 PM   #7
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You may have to refresh the page a few times.

The banner changes, and may not come up the first time.

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Old Apr 8, 2004, 9:04 PM   #8
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I posted this on the other forum and may as well post it here too:
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Don't get me wrong. I am not saying AS is of
no value. Just that it seems to be over played as the
cure-all of blurry pictures. I think it would be great if
all cameras had the feature (AS, IS).

Of course, as I said before, a faster shutter speed would
be of more benefit, at least in my opinion.

It could be that the technology at the present time is
not available, or to expensive, to persue and that AS
and IS is the available, and more afordable, route for
Camera companies to take.

I just hope they are working on both avenues, and not
just AS,IS as a pacifier for digital photographers who
want more.
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Old Apr 8, 2004, 9:48 PM   #9
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Wow... that's definitely misleading advertising. Image Stabilization won't do a darn thing to counteract a moving subject!
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Old Apr 8, 2004, 11:11 PM   #10
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I've mentioned this in another post, but I'll mention it here too.

AS or IS or VR or OS or whatever-they-call-it is actually useful on a tripod some times.

First, not all tripods are that good, so there will still be some shake.

Even if it is good, if there is a strong wind, that can induce motion even with a really good tripod. AS can remove that shake (well, good AS can... some lesser AS can't.)

Since almost all my shots are outdoors, this is very helpful for me.

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