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Is image stabilisation worth the extra £££££?

Travel Forums Travel Photography Is image stabilisation worth the extra £££££?

1. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Hi,

From experience, does anyone know if image stabilisation in still cameras is worth the extra cash?

Cheers

Neil

2. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 10y

Yep.... great feature especially if you are in a bouncing boat or bus..

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

Hi Neil,

I have a Canon PowerShot S1 IS, and yes, it's worth the extra. The extra covers not only the IS, but also the high optical zooming (10X in S1, 12X in S2). Go for it.

Cheers,
Hien

4. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Cheers. The problem I've got is that I bought the Casio Z750 which is sitting on the desk in front of me, however the site I bought it from now stocks the Z850 which has IS but for ~£45 more. Although it has a larger 8.1MP resolution and IS, reviews suggest that its video mode is very poor in comparison to the Z750, and this is one feature I intend to use. Hmmmm, what to do......

Is it worth sending it back and getting the Z850? considering it will now cost me about £55 extra including P+P.

Cheers

Neil

5. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Neil,
You need to pioritise you requirements for the camera, the extra meg shouldn't make that much of a difference to your images, and can hamper shots in low light as the shutter will need to be open longer to get the image captured.
Just remember what ever you buy is out of date by the time you open the box, chasing the latest technology is a never ending story (and a costly one).
Check to see how you sutter lag is and take a few shots in low light to see if you really need the IS.
Good luck and have a good one

6. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Cheers for the advice Jason. I'll give it a try like you said and see what the results are. :)