Sensor-Shift Stabilization May Be Limited to Apple’s iPhone 12 Max Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Concept Credit: Hasan Kaymak

According to respected Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, the iPhone 12 Pro Max may ship with a larger camera sensor and new sensor-shift stabilization.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard talk of a sensor-based stabilization system. A report last year in Digitimes hinted that Apple was working on this new image stabilization technology for use in its flagship phones. Digitimes didn’t specify a model, but Kuo did. The analyst claims this new camera sensor will be limited to the high-end iPhone, which likely will be the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

This new sensor-shift stabilization physically adjusts the sensor in response to movement and will replace the optical image stabilization found in current iPhone models.

Kuo claims that the 6.7-inch iPhone will have sensor-shift technology to help with image stabilization and a larger wide-angle lens.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max will feature a larger 1/1.9-inch sensor, up from the 1/3.6-inch sensor in the iPhone 11 Pro. This increased size should help with image quality, especially in low light conditions, where the larger sensor would capture more light and reduce noise.

If you’re not ready to jump onto the iPhone 12 Pro Max bandwagon but want the camera, then you may only have to wait a year.

Kuo predicts this camera technology will eventually land in other iPhone models in 2021.

Not only will next year’s phones see larger sensors, but Apple also may add this sensor-shift stabilization to its telephoto lens. This stabilization would help minimize noise and image blur when maxing out the lens in a long-distance shot.

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