Canon Unveils Hybrid IS Image Stabilization

From DailyTech: There is one problem that is very common in photography with all cameras from the lowliest point and shoot to the most expensive D-SLR -- camera shake. Camera shake is especially pronounced in telephoto and macro shooting where the small movements are most noticeable.

Canon has long produced lenses and cameras that have integrated image stabilization. Today the company announced a world's first Hybrid IS image stabilizer that compensates for two types of camera shake. The two types of camera shake that the new IS feature compensates for are angle camera shake and shift camera shake.

Canon says that sudden changes in camera angle can introduce significant blurring in images taken in standard shooting while shift-based shaking is more pronounced in macro photography when the camera moves in parallel to the subject.

The Hybrid IS system uses an angular velocity sensor that has been found in previous Canon IS lenses and incorporates a new acceleration sensor to compensate for shift-based camera shake. The system also has a new algorithm that synthesizes the information from the two sensors to make adjustments.

Canon reports that it is actively engaged in ongoing research and development on D-SLR camera lenses that support Hybrid IS technology and is looking to commercialize the new feature in a wide range of products. The first D-SLR lenses using Hybrid IS are planned before the end of 2009.

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