Image Stabilisation on S120

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Johnwmorgan New Member • Posts: 6
Image Stabilisation on S120

Dumb question:  I'm sure on my friend's S120, if you move the camera around slowly, the image stays perfectly central on the screen i.e. IS working I assume.  Am I mistaken or is this how IS works i.e. via some small servo motors etc.

The reason I ask is that my new S120 doesn't do this.  If I move it around slowly to simulate shake, it does nothing!

Yet if I switch IS off, my red camera shake warning glows about three shutter speeds faster than when it's switched on.  I guess that means it actually is working, although I'm sure my friend's actually did something mechanical to do this?

Am I going nuts here or is all this stabilization done silently and I was just dreaming previously?  Sorry for the long question

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brianj Forum Pro • Posts: 14,657
Re: Image Stabilisation on S120

Johnwmorgan wrote:

Dumb question: I'm sure on my friend's S120, if you move the camera around slowly, the image stays perfectly central on the screen i.e. IS working I assume. Am I mistaken or is this how IS works i.e. via some small servo motors etc.

The reason I ask is that my new S120 doesn't do this. If I move it around slowly to simulate shake, it does nothing!

Yet if I switch IS off, my red camera shake warning glows about three shutter speeds faster than when it's switched on. I guess that means it actually is working, although I'm sure my friend's actually did something mechanical to do this?

Am I going nuts here or is all this stabilization done silently and I was just dreaming previously? Sorry for the long question

You need the IS set to 'continuous' in the main menu.

Brian

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Johnwmorgan OP New Member • Posts: 6
Re: Image Stabilisation on S120

Hi Brian

Thanks for your input.  I have tried it on all the different settings.  I guess my question is -- should I be able to see no movement in the viewfinder as the camera is moved around slightly to simulate 'shake'.

John M

brianj Forum Pro • Posts: 14,657
Re: Image Stabilisation on S120

Johnwmorgan wrote:

Hi Brian

Thanks for your input. I have tried it on all the different settings. I guess my question is -- should I be able to see no movement in the viewfinder as the camera is moved around slightly to simulate 'shake'.

John M

I don't have a S120, but my superzooms certainly steadied the movement especially at full tele when set to continuous, it was very obvious.  Its not so easy to see at wide angle.

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Johnwmorgan OP New Member • Posts: 6
Re: Image Stabilisation on S120

Ah that's a good point Brian, I'll try and see if it's noticeable on full zoom. Thanks John M

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Re: Image Stabilisation on S120

I would also suggest that, while reduced, almost any movement large or slow enough to be conscious is probably too much for the system to fully counteract.

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Johnwmorgan OP New Member • Posts: 6
Re: Image Stabilisation on S120

Woody W. wrote:

I would also suggest that, while reduced, almost any movement large or slow enough to be conscious is probably too much for the system to fully counteract.

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Agreed Woody, just wondered why my friend's S120 seemed to do this compensation routine which you could see happening - and mine doesn't.  Thought maybe Canon had changed the sytem between versions perhaps.

J

Woody W.
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Re: Image Stabilisation on S120

I would also go back to the full time vs on shutter modes. When you are just holding with the preview on, you can usually see a difference, but it will still usually not fully dampen deliberate movements.

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Johnwmorgan OP New Member • Posts: 6
Re: Image Stabilisation on S120

Woody W. wrote:

I would also go back to the full time vs on shutter modes. When you are just holding with the preview on, you can usually see a difference, but it will still usually not fully dampen deliberate movements.

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Thanks Woody, I will try that also. JM

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