Unlike conventional optical image stabilization using a single lens element, Sony's Balanced Optical SteadyShot manipulates the entire lens unit and image sensor together — effective even for high zoom and strong camera shake correction.
Sony's proprietary Balanced Optical SteadyShot features a unique gimbal mechanism and an algorithm to counteract camera shake by manipulating the entire lens unit and image sensor, delivering stunningly stable images.
Integrated lens and image sensor motion
Sony has developed a powerful yet quiet mechanism for Balanced Optical SteadyShot. Two compact, energy-efficient motors manipulate the entire lens unit and image sensor vertically and horizontally, powerfully correcting camera-shake blur of pitch and yaw axes while a sophisticated algorithm compensates for blur caused by camera shake in roll axis.
Distinguishes camera shake from desired camera motion
Sony's software algorithm judges between undesired shake (corrected) and intentional motion (allowed). When the camera's angular velocity sensor detects camera shake, this system analyzes the unique vibration pattern in real time. Unintended shake is then separated from intentional movement, reducing any latency in tracking your intended movement.
Clear and stable movies, from right in the action
Get strong camera-shake correction, for high-quality Action Cam movies even in the toughest shooting conditions. The custom Balanced Optical SteadyShot system pairs a fixed front lens, to retain effective splash-proofing, with an ultra-compact lens and image sensor gimbal, for amazing, smooth action shots.
 Conventional model  Balanced Optical SteadyShot
Shaky, unwatchable action movies are history thanks to Balanced Optical SteadyShot. Just frame your shot, and Action Cam takes care of stability and clarity for high-quality movies, so you can concentrate on thrilling moments.