High-end smartphones are no longer making great leaps in performance per annum, giving some mid-range devices the chance to catch up. While some phones bearing Snapdragon 7 series chips and MediaTek Dimensity processors are ready to meet the bulk of users’ requirements, there are some areas where these less-than-premium phones still fail to impress. Photography is one among those areas, with some cameras doing decent but not spectacular jobs. Next year that would be changing for the Galaxy A line as Samsung seeks to expand its capabilities thereupon much-desired OIS feature.
Optical Image Stabilization or OIS is just a staple on digital cameras but has only been around on smartphones for a couple of years. Additionally, OIS has only been available on high-end and expensive smartphones, like Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. With smartphone companies looking into more advanced technologies, like tiny gimbals or pixel or sensor-shift image stabilization, Samsung has decided it’s time for the remainder of its Galaxy family to possess a taste of OIS also.
Galaxy A phones with OIS exist, but they only came into being this year and in limited numbers. The Galaxy A72, A52, and A22 offered main cameras with OIS, the primary two with a 64MP primary sensor. Only the Galaxy A22 had a 48MP camera with OIS, and it seems that Samsung is getting to spread to the remainder of the family next year.
According to The Elec, the world’s biggest smartphone maker (depending on which quarter), is getting to bring OIS to its mid-to-low-end Galaxy A models. It’ll be doing so by adding a 48MP OIS camera to its standard set of sensors, practically lowering the barrier for budget phones to urge such a feature. Those phones, however, won’t come until next year, suggesting that Samsung will still attempt to milk its existing Galaxy A models the maximum amount because it can.
This change in strategy will presumably be welcomed by Galaxy phone fans who are hungry for better cameras in additional affordable handsets. Hopefully, it could begin a trend where other brands also offer an equivalent feature on their mid-range phones. This may also help Samsung compete with Apple’s iPhone SE line that started sporting an OIS camera last year.