Amateur Photographer

Professor Newman on… Good vibrations

Image stabilisation, or vibration reduction, is one of the ‘must-have' features of a modern camera. Manufacturers often make claims that their systems offer some amount of stabilisation, declaring the results in ‘EV' or ‘stops. This means they believe the sharpness of the image will be the same as that taken using a shutter speed so many stops slower with the stabilisation. The procedure describes how to construct a vibration test apparatus and measure the degradation due to vibration of the resultant image.

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