Image stabilization has been used by photographers to compensate for shaky hands while shooting at long exposure. Its effect for videographer is even more noticeable but operates differently. Instead of making the image looks sharper (IS has no effect on moving subjects), the IS removes the camera shake in the clip, making it look like if was shot on a monopod (or even tripod in the best cases).

Unfortunately, IS lenses are not perfect:

  • They generate some noise (audio not digital image noise). While the most recent models are much quieter than the old ones, they are still too loud to allow using the camera internal microphone or even a mic mounted in the hot-shoe can pick up the IS noise.
  • IS lenses tend to be ‘slower’ having a minimum f-stop of around 4.0 – making it tougher to shoot in low light.
  • When doing slow panning, it is possible for the IS to ‘hang on’ at some point and then ‘jump’ back into panning. This does not happen often and is mostly caused by the IS misinterpreting the panning as camera shake.
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Mitch "planetMitch" Aunger is the creator and mastermind behind — which covers every aspect of HDSLR cameras (and a whole lot of other cameras as well). A lover of photography since his early days, he graduated to selling stock photos to make a little bit of spare cash. It wasn’t much, but it allowed him to upgrade to better cameras as well as computers, and it wasn’t taking money away from feeding his family.
He loves the stories that the still image can tell. In the summer of 2008, he read a story written by Arnold Kim called “I Quit My Job” — Arn is the owner of He started macrumors in 2000 as a hobby, and by 2008 he was making more money with the site than he was on his day job, so he quit. The surprise to the story is that he was a doctor making more than six figures! Right then and there, planetMitch dreamed about doing the same thing.
September 2008 rolled around, and Canon announced this new version of the incredible 5D — the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It was the first Canon DSLR to shoot full HD video and the earth moved! (It really was a huge deal in the photography world.) planetMitch knew if there was ever a chance to ride a wave of something he was really passionate about, this was it — and the blog at was born. It is now one of the most popular HDSLR blogs on the planet, and he is making a full-time living from blogging. He couldn’t be happier!
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