The Pros And Cons Of IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization)

Words by Scott Bourne - A Platypod Pro
Edited by Eryka Bagwell

Photography has come a long way since the invention of the first camera in the early 1800s. With the advancements in technology, cameras have become more sophisticated and have incorporated features that make taking stunning pictures easy. One of such features is In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS).

What is In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS)?
In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) is a technology that helps to reduce camera shake by compensating for any movement during photography. It is designed to compensate for small movements that occur when the camera is being handheld. The technology involves a system of sensors and motors within the camera body that work together to stabilize the camera.

How does IBIS work?
IBIS works by detecting the motion of the camera using the sensors within the camera. When the camera moves, the sensors detect the motion and send a signal to the motors within the camera. The motors then move the camera's image sensor to compensate for the movement, resulting in a stabilized image.

Pros of IBIS:

  • Better low light performance: IBIS technology allows photographers to take pictures in low light conditions without having to increase the ISO, which can result in grainy images. The stabilization technology allows for slower shutter speeds, which results in brighter images.
  • Greater creative control: With IBIS, photographers can take shots without having to worry about camera shake or blurring, which gives them greater creative control over their photography.
  • No need for expensive lenses: IBIS allows photographers to use lenses that may not have image stabilization built-in. This feature saves photographers the expense of purchasing expensive lenses.
  • Works with any lens: IBIS technology works with any lens that can be attached to the camera, whether it's a prime or zoom lens.
  • Compact size: IBIS is a feature that is integrated into the camera body, making it more compact than an image stabilization lens. This compact size makes it easier to carry around and travel with.

Cons of IBIS:

  • Higher cost: Cameras that incorporate IBIS technology tend to be more expensive than those without this feature.
  • Limited stabilization: IBIS technology has a limit to the amount of stabilization that can be provided. If the camera is moved too quickly or violently, the technology may not be able to compensate fully.
  • Battery drain: The motors used in IBIS can drain the camera's battery more quickly.
  • May produce noise: IBIS technology can produce a slight noise when it is activated, which may be audible when recording video.

Some popular cameras that feature IBIS:

Fujifilm X-T4
Sony a1
Pentax K-3 III
Olympus OM-D E-M1 III
Canon EOS R6

In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) is a valuable feature that can help photographers take better pictures. Its ability to reduce camera shake and compensate for movement makes it an essential tool for photographers looking to take sharper, clearer images. However, it does have some cons that photographers need to consider when purchasing a camera. With the right balance of pros and cons, IBIS technology can help photographers take their photography to the next level.

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