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Movement indicator in camera feature?

JackAllTog Avatar
JackAllTog Plus
14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2019 9:41AM
Many know of the reciprocal rule for shutter speed when taking handheld photo's
And we know IS/VR/OS helps us use slower shutter speeds as well.

Where a camera has image stabilisation then why can't it tell the user that a slower shutter speed or a tripod is advised for stationary objects? Green - OK, Amber - IS assistance, Red - likely blurring.
It typically tells the user if the main subject is out of focus.

I know It might confuse some where the subject moves but i'd still like to know that the handheld setup is right.
Maybe add it as an advanced feature?
joshwa Avatar
joshwa Plus
13 927 1 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2019 10:04AM
Some Panasonic cameras show a RED camera shake icon, when there's likely to be camera shake due to a slow shutter speed.

The Panasonic Lumix S1 / S1R also have a gyroscope / "G-meter" (my name for it) style display that will show you how much you're moving, and how much the IS system has to compensate. (video shows this below, after 3minutes 50s)

JackAllTog Avatar
JackAllTog Plus
14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2019 10:14AM
Thanks Josh, now that sounds really useful. Even when just learning how to hold a camera to minimize shake.

I hope its not patented and the other manufactures can consider it in time - heck it might even be just a software upgrade as with IS the electromechanics is already there.

Tianshi_angie Avatar
26 Apr 2019 3:21PM
The Sony A7 has this feature. It works at an extreme level but I am not sure about 'iffy' levels. The hand is there but | have only noticed it flashing when at an extreme setting. I assume this only works when 'Steady Shot' is switched to 'On'.
MentorRon Avatar
MentorRon 5 102 Canada
27 Apr 2019 4:14AM
Even my Fuji F100fd has a "shake warning" in the LCD. It is number 19 in this LCD icon layout. Works with or without the I.S. (icon number 4) being on. At least I know this shot is likely to be somewhat blurred, so I can make whatever compensations are possible (if any).
Some of my older Kodaks also had a red icon when slow shutter speeds were chosen in Auto mode.
altitude50 Avatar
altitude50 19 23.9k United Kingdom
27 Apr 2019 8:22AM
My 2011 Canon Powershot SX150 IS has this facility.


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