Optical stabilization helps reduce blur
Sharp has introduced a new smartphone camera sensor, which it claims to be the industry's thinnest CMOS component to offer optical image stabilization. The module features backside illumination to improve low-light performance, with an f/2.5 aperture and autofocus capabilities, all packed into a module that measures just 5.47mm thick.
Tech aims to reduce shaky video
Google is reportedly preparing to improve its Google Talk services with image stabilization technology for video calling. The system is claimed to help compensate for scene motion from moving subjects or backgrounds. Incoming and outgoing video both benefit from the technology, which is also said to help maximize compression during encoding.
New 70-200 gets fluorite element, fifth UD element
Canon today launched a new version of its DSLR-based EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens, alongside CES-related announcements of new PowerShot cameras. The lens is considered a staple by most professional photographers, and features a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, ultrasonic autofocus and is weather and dust resistant. The new version replaces the original IS version of the lens, with Canon's next generation optical image stabilizer, promising four stops of camera-shake correction -- the original promised only three stops.