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Tourist
Posts: 3

Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for existing cameras?

Hey guys,

Excuse my ignorance if this has been asked before, but it's my understanding that the Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) is a software driven process to correct and smooth out the video.

After seeing some videos of the DJI osmo action, some reviewers pointed out the stabilization looked awful at first and DJI released a new firmware that greatly improved the stabilization and left many people very happy.

My question is, could a firmware be written to flash into existing gopro models to allow EIS? I understand you need a powerful enough processor to manage the software but it seems doable for say a Gopro Hero 4 Black if filmed at a lower resolution than max to open up processing power.
Adventurer
Posts: 10,682

Re: Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for existing cameras?

Probably not for HERO4 or earlier as they do not have processors or the amount of available onboard memory for it. Along with the new processor, the HERO7 Black needed twice the memory of HERO6 to achieve Hypersmooth stabilization. It might be possible to give the HERO4 the same stabilization as HERO5 (which wasn't all that great), but why would they?

When it comes to the DJI camera, they had to compromise with considerable crop (over twice that of the HERO7 Black) to accomplish their stabilization, and they needed the latest high end H2 processor by Ambrella to do it.

If anything, GoPro would be wise to add three Stabilization modes, Standard, Hypersmooth, and a Super Hypersmooth option (with the increased crop) for the HERO7 or the HERO8. We'll have to wait a few more months to find out.
Hiker
Posts: 49

Re: Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for existing cameras?

User selectable stabilisation modes would be great.
Tourist
Posts: 3

Re: Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for existing cameras?

Daniel,

That was an excellent reply and makes sense. Thank you for your input.
Adventurer
Posts: 10,682

Re: Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for existing cameras?

No problem, and you're welcome. 😊
Tourist
Posts: 3

Re: Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for existing cameras?

Hope Gopro team read this post and surprise us with a new firmware with this and others good improvements.

 

I belive that Gopro could add more value to users by just releasing new firmware updates instead a new product... there is a lot of good ideas in this forum that could increase H7B power and help it outstand DJI Osmo Action and others competitors.

 

Tourist
Posts: 3

Re: Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for existing cameras?

I totally agree. Whether its "paid firmware" or free... it would allow a high resale of existing cameras and would keep people coming back to Gopro knowing the cameras will continuously improve with time (hardware limited ofcourse).

Like I would gladly pay $100 to upgrade my Hero 4 black for a firmware that adds EIS, instead of selling it at a $300 loss and spending another $300 to buy a new one.