Apple surprised people with a warning that “vibrations such as those generated by powerful motorcycle engines” can damage iPhone cameras. There is a very reasonable explanation for this, which can also affect Android devices.
It’s easy to make a joke of the iPhone – and Apple didn’t do himself a favor– but that’s a legitimate problem. It’s all about Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), a feature found in many modern smartphones, not just iPhones.
What is Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)?
Optimal image stabilization is a feature that aims to stabilize the camera while you are taking a photo or video.
A camera with OIS has a tiny internal motor that physically moves the elements in the lens. If your hands move slightly or shake when you hold the phone, the motors are stopping your movement. This results in smoother video and less blurring in photos.
OIS can make a huge difference in photo and video quality. It’s almost impossible to hold a phone completely still with just your hands. The mechanisms that make this possible in an iPhone or Android camera are remarkably small and delicate. This is where the risk of damage from vibrations comes into play.
How can vibrations damage a camera?
Moving parts often lead to breakdowns, especially with equipment. A smartphone camera with OIS contains several small moving parts, and these parts are delicate. Adequate stress on these parts can cause them to fail.
The OIS components must be able to move freely to counteract your movements, meaning they are not permanently attached. So when you strap the phone to something like a motorcycle, the vibration can literally jolt the camera parts. This repetitive movement wears out the camera over time.
This is something most people don’t need to worry too much about. You won’t damage the camera if you keep it in your pocket while you run. The vibrations you need to worry about come from powerful, large volume engines like the motorcycles mentioned above.
What can I do to avoid damage?
The main thing to avoid is prolonged exposure to these high amplitude vibrations. It’s probably okay to strap your iPhone or Android device to a motorcycle for a short trip every now and then. If you do this twice a day for your 30-minute commute, the risk is greater.
Apple recommends using a “vibration-isolating mount” whenever you need to mount your phone on a motorcycle or other high-performance vehicle. “Quad Lock” is a brand that a Vibration damper accessories for their mount line.
Quad Lock vibration damper
The vibration damper works with other Quad Lock mounts that can be used on a variety of vehicles.
Ultimately, most people don’t have to worry too much, but it’s good to know why it happens. Unusual technology is not without its disadvantages. You will now think a little differently about image stabilization.
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