Balanced Optical SteadyShot™

Gimbal Mechanism Inside

Sony’s Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ is a unique stabiliser, with a gimbal mechanism about 13 times more effective than other optical systems. Capture smooth, professional-looking images, even at full zoom or while running — with no need for bulky external gimbals.

What’s Balanced Optical SteadyShot?

Unlike conventional optical image stabilisation using a single lens element, Sony’s Balanced Optical SteadyShot manipulates the entire lens unit and image sensor together — effective for even high zoom and strong camera shake correction.

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Conventional optical image stabilisation system

Typical optical image stabilisers shift only a single lens element and insufficiently compensate for blur at high zoom, or while walking or running. These also capture images in peripheral lens areas — resulting in quality deterioration.

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Balanced Optical SteadyShot™

The gimbal mechanism in Balanced Optical SteadyShot shifts the entire lens unit and sensor. Around 13 times more effective, it captures stable images even at telephoto or walking — always through the clearest central lens area.

Ingenuity inside

Sony’s proprietary Balanced Optical SteadyShot features a unique gimbal mechanism and an algorithm to counteract camera shake by manipulating the entire lens unit and image sensor — delivering stunningly stable images.

Mechanical structure

Integrated lens and image sensor motion

Sony has developed a powerful, yet quiet, mechanism for Balanced Optical SteadyShot. Two compact, energy-efficient motors manipulate the entire lens unit and image sensor vertically and horizontally — powerfully correcting camera-shake blur of pitch and yaw axes while sophisticated algorithm compensates for blur caused by camera shake in roll axis.

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[1] Yaw [2] Pitch

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Powered by an intelligent algorithm

Distinguishes camera shake from desired camera motion

Sony’s software algorithm judges between undesired shake (corrected) and intentional motion (allowed). When the camera’s angular velocity sensor detects camera shake, this system analyses the unique vibration pattern in real time. Unintended shake is then separated from intentional movement, reducing any latency in tracking your intended movement.

Intelligent Active mode

Further support for Balanced Optical SteadyShot

Sony’s Intelligent Active mode uses frame-analysis to enhance stabilisation even further, compensating for shake across a full 5-axis to make it effective even while walking and running.
[1] Actual frame [2] Actual shaky camera motion [3] Compensated frame

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Balanced Optical SteadyShot for Action Cam

Developed and refined for Handycam®, our innovative Balanced Optical SteadyShot is also now available in Action Cam models.

* Simulated

Optimised for Action Cam

Clear and stable movies, from right in the action

Get strong camera-shake correction, for high-quality Action Cam movies even in the toughest shooting conditions. The custom Balanced Optical SteadyShot system pairs a fixed front lens, to retain effective splash-proofing, with an ultra-compact lens and image sensor gimbal, for amazing, smooth action shots.
[1] Conventional model [2] Balanced Optical SteadyShot

Shoot spectacular, stabilised movies with Action Cam

Shaky, unwatchable action movies are history thanks to Balanced Optical SteadyShot. Just frame your shot, and Action Cam takes care of stability and clarity for high-quality movies — so you can concentrate on thrilling moments.