Action Camera Image Stabilization

Shaky video footage at one time was viewed as an acceptable part of the experience. However, action camera image stabilization has come to the forefront due to a demand for smoother images.

The heart stopping, stomach dropping feeling that you get from watching a video can be ruined if you are over taken by the feeling of nausea caused by shaky, jittery video footage. The excitement and rush are what you crave from the video, not to be put off from watching it.

What Is Image Stabilization?

Image stabilization is a way to reduce blurring associated with the motion of the action camera.

New technologies have allowed for advancement beyond internal gimbals and moving parts to stop jittery, and shaky video. Your camera may be equipped with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS). Thus, providing steady and smooth video flow.

Setting the camera’s stabilization mode will go a long way towards reducing shakiness. There may be an option available to set the camera to dash cam mode. This will add to stabilizing the video when moving at higher rates of speed.

Shake Reduction

The inclusion of internal sensors such as an accelerometer, to determine how fast the camera is moving, as well as a gyroscope, to observe the action camera’s rotation, has provided extra value to reducing shaky video. The processor interprets this data and is able to create a clear picture of how the camera is moving and oriented. Translation of this information creates smoother video footage.

Physical Image Stabilization Devices

You may find yourself fighting the shakes while trying to physically hold the action camera. If you are doing this, try to keep your arms and hands close to your body. Keep your grip light but sufficient to maintain your hold on the camera. A tight grip or clenching may cause unnecessary shaking and vibration due to muscle tension. You may also want to consider using one of the following devices to assist with stabilization.

  • Mounting Brackets
  • Gimbals
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Tripods
  • Stablization Handle Grips

Note: Remember to check compatibility with your action camera.


There are operational limits to both physical, and internal processing for stabilization. However, this doesn’t mean there is nothing more you can do to smooth out the video. Another way to stabilize video footage is through the use of video editing software. Software will also have its own limitations. A fairly common limitation is cropping the video to create stabilization. The amount of stabilization correlates with cropping. In other words increasing stabilization will increase the amount of video being cropped.

Take the time

Explore the action cameras image stabilization settings. Take the time to assess your needs and decide if the camera settings are sufficient to produce a smooth video, or if physical devices and software will also be required.

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