The Different Image Stabilization (IS) Modes and How to Set Them

Article ID: ART163810 | Date published: 12/01/2015 | Date last updated: 12/06/2017


The Different Image Stabilization (IS) Modes and How to Set Them


When in (Auto) mode, the mark displayed will automatically change to the one for the set image stabilization mode depending on the shooting situation.
When in (Manual) mode, the image stabilization mode can be selected according to how you are shooting.

The different Intelligent IS marks in (Auto) mode and how to set the image stabilization in (Manual) mode are as follows.

Intelligent IS

Intelligent IS allows the camcorder to select the best image stabilization option based on your shooting method. The Intelligent IS icon will change to one of the following icons.
  • Set automatically when the [Camera Mode] is set to (Auto).
IconShooting method
(Dynamic IS)Most general situations; Zooming out (zooming toward W); Following subjects at a distance moving left or right
(Powered IS)*Zooming in (zooming toward T)
(Macro IS)Close-up of a subject
(Tripod mode)Remaining stationary, such as when using a tripod

* With the [FUNC.] -> [MENU] -> -> [Intelligent IS] setting, you can select whether Powered IS can be set automatically as one of the Intelligent IS modes.

Setting the image stabilization mode

1. Set the mode switch to [M] or [Cinema].

2. Set the POWER switch to [CAMERA].

3. Touch [ ].

4. Drag your finger up/down, and then touch [Image Stabilizer].

5. Touch the desired IS mode.

IS modeShooting method
DynamicCompensates for a higher degree of camcorder shake, such as when shooting while walking, and is more effective as the zoom approaches full wide angle.
StandardCompensates for a lower degree of camcorder shake, such as when shooting while remaining stationary, and is suitable for shooting natural-looking scenes.
OffUse this setting when the camcorder is mounted on a tripod.

6. Touch [ ].
[Powered IS]
After setting an assignable button to [ : Powered IS ], you can use Powered IS to make the image stabilization even more powerful. Powered IS is most effective when you are stationary and zooming in on far subjects using high zoom ratios (the more you approach the telephoto end). Holding the LCD panel with your left hand will add to the stability of the shot. 
  • Press and hold the assignable button as long as you want to activate Powered IS.
  • appears in yellow while Powered IS is activated.
  • You can change the operation of the assignable button set to [ : Powered IS ] (long press or toggle on / off) with the [FUNC.] -> [MENU] -> -> [Powered IS Button] setting.
  • Powered IS is available even when [Image Stabilizer] is set to [ : Off ].
  • If the degree of camcorder shake is too high, the image stabilizer may not be able to fully compensate.
  • For surveying and following shots, when you pan the camcorder from side to side or tilt it up and down, we recommend setting [ Image Stabilizer ] to [ : Dynamic ] or [ : Standard ].
  • The angle of view will change when [ Image Stabilizer ] is set to [ : Dynamic ].



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