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Olympus has a video explaining it. They show all axis with each one designed to compensate for a type of movement. It is an evolution of sensor-shift stabilization: Originally, when Konica-Minolta invented Sensor-Shift stabilization, the sensor moved along two axis, vertical and horizontal. This compensates for the camera moving along a plane as long at it ...


Of the three dimensions you are thinking about (left-right, up-down, fore-aft) only two are at all relevant except in macro photography. For-and-aft is not one of the axes of stabilization since it generally requires a lot of camera movement in the fore-and-aft direction to affect focus, either by moving the subject out of the depth of field that could be ...


From a purely physical point of view, three degrees of freedom allow you to move in any point of space keeping the same orientation (that's to say, in this case camera in initial position is parallel to the camera itself in final position). My guess is that couple of extra axis (two more degrees of freedom) will likely compensate rotation of the camera on ...

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