Canon 90D: Digital Image Stabilization - Handheld video tests performed

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Casey Cheung Senior Member • Posts: 1,658
Canon 90D: Digital Image Stabilization - Handheld video tests performed

Anyone tried using the Canon 90D built-in Digital Image Stabilization function? I was curious if this was useful or effective for shooting handheld videos in reducing motion shakiness, so I conducted a series of un-scientific real world tests to see the difference between the following scenarios:

Test #1) Lens IS turned off and camera Digital IS turned off (this is the baseline reference)

Test #2) Lens IS turned on but camera Digital IS turned off

Test #3) Lens IS turned on and camera Digital IS "Enable" mode turned on

Test #4) Lens IS turned on and camera Digital IS "Enhanced" mode turned on

Camera gear used for the 4 video tests are: Canon 90D camera with Canon 24-105mm f4 L Ver 2 zoom lens, all videos shot handheld in manual exposure mode. More EXIF info enclosed in the videos.

Does anyone see any difference or improvement for Test Videos #3 or #4 in terms of reduction in motion shakiness? There is definitely image cropping applied as a result of using Digital IS "Enable" and "Enhanced" modes. But are videos #3 or #4 any less shaky?

Here are the links below for the different tests (per 1st paragraph above):

Test #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esEA0i_QG3w

Test #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ5lzq8vGRw&t=5s

Test #3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYIH-pMQkuo&t=7s

Test #4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYNsdPAqtW4&t=8s

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cdmazoff Senior Member • Posts: 2,826
Re: Canon 90D: Digital Image Stabilization - Handheld video tests performed
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Wow... I can't tell  the diff. (I'm old and on meds). But you should use a wind filter for the mic!!  Keep testing and let's see what you get. Good luck

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Re: Canon 90D: Digital Image Stabilization - Handheld video tests performed

cdmazoff wrote:

Wow... I can't tell the diff. (I'm old and on meds). But you should use a wind filter for the mic!! Keep testing and let's see what you get. Good luck

Thanks for the reply. It was an impromptu setup, so I didn't bring my external mic with me.

Steven Blackwood Senior Member • Posts: 2,156
Re: Canon 90D: Digital Image Stabilization - Handheld video tests performed

Definitely the first on is by far the shakiest. 2 and 3 are quite stable with a slight edge to 3. 4 is the least desirable as in order to fit in the same frame as the other 3, you would give up more of the narrow depth of field. Good test.

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OP Casey Cheung Senior Member • Posts: 1,658
Re: Canon 90D: Digital Image Stabilization - Handheld video tests performed

Steven Blackwood wrote:

Definitely the first on is by far the shakiest. 2 and 3 are quite stable with a slight edge to 3. 4 is the least desirable as in order to fit in the same frame as the other 3, you would give up more of the narrow depth of field. Good test.

Thanks for your input! I agree that test #4 with its "Enhanced" digital I.S. is least desirable with its extra image cropping. Plus I don't see any noticeably less shakiness to offset and justify the additional crop penalty. This also made me realize that I need to use a wider lens if I were to ever use the "Enhanced" Digital I.S. mode. By the way, all the tests were performed with the lens at its widest 24mm focal length setting, except for the times when I intentionally zoomed in.

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