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 +
The 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.
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!