The new EOS M6, not surely FZ2000 etc. offer 5-axis image stabilization only when shooting video. Why is that?; I think it takes more processing power to do such thing in video mode though...


This (the 5-axis image stabilization the M6 offers) is a digital stabilization, which works by rotating/shifting the image from frame to frame (presumably based on image content as post processors do it, maybe on gyrosensors). This only really makes sense for multiple frames, i.e. video.

Still images profit from optical stabilization built into lenses for Canon. Some other systems provide sensor-shift optical stabilization in the body, like Sony. This will yield a much better image quality, which is more important for stills than video.

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    Mind that there is also image stabilization with some cameras, where it is build into the body itself. Those cameras move the sensor physically to achieve a stable image. – Nico Harms Feb 15 '17 at 12:47
  • Yes, that is also optical stabilization, but not in this case, which is why it's only for video. – ths Feb 15 '17 at 12:53
  • @ths So 5-axis IS is always not a sensor shift method? – user152435 Feb 15 '17 at 13:10
  • @user152435 No, there are cameras, like Olympus OM-D E1, that got 5 axis sensor shift (still and video) – Nico Harms Feb 15 '17 at 13:18
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    No, i said that the kind of digital stabilization the M6 offers, is for video. Sorry if that was unclear. – ths Feb 15 '17 at 14:32

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