Panasonic Introduces Hybrid O.I.S – 5 Point Image Stabilization on ZS30 (TZ40)

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Panasonic are incorporating some exciting innovations into their newest cameras, like the Lumix ZS30 (TZ40) fixed lens compact camera, which now includes Panasonic’s new Hybrid O.I.S. +.  This looks to be very comparable to the highly impressive 5 Point IBIS on the Olympus OM-D E-M5, which delivers steadycam quality stabilization in video mode.

About Hybrid OIS +

5axisstabilizationThe POWER O.I.S. is upgraded with the inclusion of HYBRID O.I.S. + (Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) for video recording with new 5-axis correction that detects and effectively compensates for the camera’s 5 types of movement – horizontal, vertical, axis of rotation, vertical rotation and horizontal rotation.  The HYBRID O.I.S. + effectively compensates for the camera’s 5 types of movement, which is helpful in recording blur-free photo and video. It also includes a Level Shot Function (see below) which detects the horizontal line of recording image and keeps it level, even if the camera is tilted.

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Level Shot Function

My 2 Cents

As Hybrid Photography becomes more and more popular, shooting quality video will become an even bigger necessity for photographers who are creating eProducts.  It’s refreshing to see that companies like Panasonic recognize the coming wave and are staying ahead of the trends, and innovations like this (and their Micro Color Splitter Technology) will ensure that they’ll be a major player for years to come.

It will be interesting to see if and when the Hybrid OIS + Tech makes it’s way into the G-Series cameras (or lenses) in Panny’s lineup.  These are exciting times!

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Comments

M-J Jones says:

I bought one yesterday. Feels strange to shoot from such a small (and neat) object. On the still pix side I wasn’t expecting much and surely the output is mushy but useable if you downsize it to 1920 or 1600 pixels on the largest side. Video, on the other hand, is great for such a small device. And 5-axis stabilization a god-send. Wish the GF6 had received it as well and hope that this summer’s successor to the FZ200 will benefit from it.
M-J Jones
http://www.mjjones.net

Hi MJ…
Great observations, my friend. Thanks for the input. I haven’t gotten my hands on the ZS30 yet, but I’m loving what panasonic are bringing to the game in the way of technology.
I’d love to see this on a G series camera too, but for now anyway, Panny is sticking to OIS for their interchangeable lens cameras. But after talking to some of my friends at Panasonic, I can tell you that there’s some exciting stuff on the way. Stay Tuned!

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