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Apple Claims That Motorcycle Vibrations Can Degrade iPhone’s Camera

We all know how good iPhone cameras are… But that doesn’t mean they are durable.

Apple claims that motorcycle vibrations can degrade iPhone's camera

When exposed to radiations and vibrations that could damage or decrease your iPhone’s camera performance, the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Sensor Shift technology are believed to be fragile.

Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is a feature on iPhone cameras that improves image and video quality. The biggest ever iPhone that is 12 Pro Max has Sensor Shift Technology that provides better camera performance than any other smartphone.

Apple Shares Some Technical Explanation

Here’s the technical explanation from Apple:

If you accidentally move a camera when you take a picture, the resulting image can be blurry. To prevent this, some iPhone models have optical image stabilization (OIS).

1. OIS lets you take sharp photos even if you accidentally move the camera. With OIS, a gyroscope senses that the camera moved. To reduce image motion, and the resulting blur, the lens moves according to the angle of the gyroscope. Additionally, some iPhone models have closed-loop autofocus (AF).

2. Closed-loop AF resists the effects of gravity and vibration to preserve sharp focus in stills, videos, and panoramas. With closed-loop AF, on-board magnetic sensors measure gravity and vibration effects and determine the lens position so that the compensating motion can be set accurately.

3. The OIS and closed-loop AF systems in iPhone are designed for durability. However, as is the case with many consumer electronics that include systems like OIS, long-term direct exposure to high-amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges may degrade the performance of these systems and lead to reduced image quality for photos and videos. It is recommended to avoid exposing your iPhone to extended, high-amplitude vibrations.

According to The Verge, The iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and all iPhones since the iPhone 7 have both optical image stabilization and closed-loop autofocus (as noted by MacRumors, the first outlet to spot the Apple support post). Both features are also vulnerable to magnetic interference from some iPhone accessories, Apple warned earlier this year, but removing the accessories should take care of that issue.

Now that you know of these camera technologies that are only available in flagship smartphones, external factors might affect them too, just like magnets effect your screen display (if you’ve ever noticed). So yeah, this extreme motorbike radiation will highly affect your camera performance.

If you’re going to mount your iPhone to a scooter or moped, Apple suggests using a vibration-dampening mount to protect the phone and its camera system. It’s also a good idea to avoid using an iPhone affixed to a vehicle that produces lower-amplitude vibrations on a frequent basis.

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