List of Samsung Phones with OIS (And Top 10)
Looking for a Samsung phone that is great for photography? Then, you should go for one with OIS.
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is one of the top camera features a smartphone must have to take and shoot awesome pictures and videos respectively. So, you shouldn’t be surprised that you hardly see it on mid-range or low-entry smartphones.
As a matter of fact, Samsung has never included this feature on mid-range or low-entry Galaxy phones up until 2021. They have always only included the feature on their flagship phones (Galaxy S and Note Series).
The good news is that there is a possibility that they will continue this new trend and maybe even use it on all their A series smartphones from 2023 onward and not just some of them as the case was in 2021 and 2022.
I will update this page when that happens, so stay tuned.
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List of Samsung Phones with OIS
|Phones||OIS on Wide (Main) Camera||OIS on Telephoto Lens|
|Samsung S23 Ultra||Yes||Yes, and on Periscope Telephoto Lens|
|Samsung S23 and S23 Plus||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung Z Flip 4||Yes||No|
|Samsung Z Fold 4||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung A23 5G||Yes||No|
|Samsung S22 and S22 Plus||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung S22 Ultra||Yes||Yes, and Periscope Telephoto|
|Samsung A33 5G||Yes||No|
|Samsung A53 5G||Yes||No|
|Samsung A73 5G||Yes||No|
|Samsung Z Fold 3 5G||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung Z Flip 3 5G||Yes||No|
|Samsung A52s 5G||Yes||No|
|Samsung A52 5G||Yes||No|
|Samsung Note 9||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung Note 10 Lite||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung Note 10 Plus||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung Note 10||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung Note 20 Ultra||Yes||Periscope Telephoto; Yes|
|Samsung Note 20||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung S9 Plus||Yes||No. Iris Scanner; Yes.|
|Samsung S10 Lite||Yes||No|
|Samsung S10 Plus||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung S10 5G||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung S20 FE||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung S20 Ultra||Yes||Periscope Telephoto; Yes|
|Samsung S20 Plus||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung S21 Ultra||Yes||Yes, and Periscope Telephoto|
|Samsung S21 Plus||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung S21 FE||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung Z Flip 5G||Yes||No|
|Samsung Z Flip||Yes||No|
|Samsung Z Fold 2 5G||Yes||Yes|
|Samsung Fold 5G||Yes||Yes|
Top 10 Samsung Phones with Optical Image Stabilization
1.) Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Samsung S23 Ultra comes with an improved Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) that is better than the one on both the S22 Ultra and on the S23 and S23 Plus primary sensors.
Not just that three out of four of its camera comes with an OIS for better picture and video quality. The 200MP main sensor has OIS and so is the 10MP Telephoto camera and 10MP Periscope Telephoto camera.
The OIS system on the S23 and S23 Plus has also seen slight improvements over their predecessor but just not as great as the one on the S23 Ultra which is why I am choosing the S23 Ultra this time as against the entire series as I have always done.
Samsung S23 series phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy processor and it has Adreno 740 GPU on board. The processor comes with some camera features that further improve the S23 Ultra’s photography capabilities.
2.) Samsung Galaxy S22 Series
There are three devices under this series. They are Samsung S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra. And all of them come with OIS on both their main camera and Telephoto camera.
Samsung S22 and S22 Plus have the same camera set up which consists of a triple rear camera and a single front-facing camera.
The rear camera comprises a 50 MP Wide lens with OIS, 12 MP Ultrawide, and 10 MP Telephoto with OIS and 3x Optical zoom. The front-facing camera on the other hand is a 10MP wide camera.
The S22 Ultra has 4 rear cameras and a single front-facing camera. Its rear camera comprises a 108 MP Wide lens with OIS, 12 MP Ultrawide, 10 MP Telephoto with OIS and 3x Optical zoom, and 10 MP Periscope telephoto lens with OIS and 10x Optical zoom.
The variant of all three devices officially available in the United States is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Chipset with Adreno 730 GPU on board.
3.) Samsung Galaxy S21 Series
There are 4 devices under this series. They are Samsung S21, S21 Plus, S21 Ultra, and S21 FE. The first three were released in January 2021 while the S21 FE was released in January 2022 a couple of weeks before the S22 family was announced. All these four devices come with OIS on their main and telephoto lens.
Samsung S21 and S21 Plus have the same camera setup both at the back and front. S21 rear camera comprises of 12 MP Wide camera with OIS, 12 MP Ultrawide, and 64 MP Telephoto with OIS and 1.1x Optical zoom. At the front, they both feature a 10 MP Wide camera.
Samsung S21 Ultra has 4 cameras at the back and a single selfie camera. The rear camera comprises of 108 MP Wide camera with OIS, 12 MP Ultrawide, 10 MP Telephoto with OIS and 3x Optical zoom, and 10 MP Periscope telephoto with OIS and 10x Optical zoom. Its front-facing camera is a 40 MP wide lens.
As for the S21 FE, It has a triple rear camera and one front-facing camera. The rear camera comprises of 12 MP Wide lens with OIS, 12 MP Ultrawide, and 8 MP Telephoto with OIS and 3x Optical zoom. Its front-facing camera is a 32 MP wide lens.
All these four devices that make up the S21 family are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 5G Chipset with Adreno 660 GPU.
4.) Samsung Galaxy A73 5G
Samsung A73 5G comes with 4 rear cameras and one front-facing camera. However, only the Wide angle lens at the rear has OIS.
The Galaxy A73 5G rear camera comprises of 108MP Wide lens with OIS, 12MP Ultrawide, 5MP Macro, and 5MP Depth sensing camera. At the front is a 32MP Wide camera/
This device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G 5G processor with Adreno 642L GPU. It currently runs on One UI 5 based on Android 13.
5.) Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
Samsung A53 5G is without any doubt one of the best mid-range phones you can get today and its main camera comes with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
It has 4 rear cameras which comprise of a 64MP Wide camera with OIS, 12MP Ultrawide, 5MP Macro, and 5MP Depth sensing camera. And at the front is a 32MP Wide camera.
Samsung A53 5G is powered by Exynos 1280 Chipset with Mali-G68 GPU. At the moment, it runs on Android 13 with One UI 5 flavor.
6.) Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
While Samsung A52s 5G is a year-old device, it can’t be overlooked because of what it has to offer which is pretty much a mix of what Samsung A73 5G and A53 5G has to offer.
Samsung A52s 5G has the same camera setup as the A53 5G and is powered by the same processor powering the A73 5G.
A52s 5G Quad camera setup at the rear comprises a 64MP Wide camera with OIS, 12MP Ultrawide, 5MP Macro, and 5MP Depth sensing camera. Its front-facing camera is 32MP.
The Galaxy A52s 5G is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G processor with Adreno 642L GPU handling all the graphics-intensive tasks thrown at it.
7.) Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Samsung A33 5G has 4 cameras at the back and a single camera at the front. Its rear camera comprises a 48MP Wide camera with OIS, 8MP Ultrawide, 5MP Macro lens, and 2MP depth-sensing camera. At the front is a 13MP Wide camera.
The device despite being cheaper than the A53 5G, is powered by the same Exynos 1280 processor with Mali-G68 GPU.
It runs on Android 12 at the time of announcement but is currently upgradable to Android 13 with One UI flavor on top.
8.) Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung A72 was the top-of-the-line A-Series phone from 2021 and unlike other mid-range devices I have been talking about including its successor that come with OIS on only its main camera, Galaxy A72 has OIS integrated into two of its lenses.
At the rear of the A72 are 4 cameras which comprise of 64MP Wide camera with OIS, 12MP Ultrawide, 8MP Telephoto with OIS and 3x Optical zoom, and a 5MP Macro lens. Its front-facing camera is a 32MP Wide lens.
Samsung A72 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor with Adreno 618 GPU. It currently runs on Android 13.
9.) Samsung Galaxy A22
It is rare to see a budgeted device such as the Samsung A22 with an OIS camera but here I am talking about one.
Samsung A22 has 4 cameras at the back which comprise of 48MP Wide camera with OIS, 8MP Ultrawide, 2MP Macro, and 2MP Depth sensing camera. At the front is a 13MP Wide camera.
This device is powered by MediaTek’s Helio G80 processor with Mali-G52 MC2 GPU. It currently runs on Android 13.
10.) Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series
There are two devices under this series. They are Samsung Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra. Both of them come with OIS Wide and Telephoto cameras.
Samsung Note 20 is equipped with a triple camera which comprises of 12MP Wide lens with OIS, 12MP Ultrawide, and 64MP Telephoto with OIS. Its front-facing camera is a 10MP Wide camera.
The Note 20 Ultra also has a triple camera at the back which comprises of 108MP Wide camera with OIS, 12MP Ultrawide, and 12MP Periscope Telephoto with OIS. Its front-facing camera is also a 10MP Wide camera.
Both of these devices are powered by Snapdragon 865+ 5G processor with Adreno 650 GPU. And currently, run on Android 13 with One UI 5.1 flavor.
What is OIS and How Does it Work?
In simple terms, it allows you to take clearer / sharper, and more stable pictures by using a gyroscope that can quickly detect a motion and get the camera system to move in the opposite direction.
Also, it enables you to shoot a smoother video. The gyroscope has other applications and you can check my write-up about Samsung phones that have gyroscope to learn more.
There are various reasons why you might end up with a blurry picture when taken with your smartphone, but the ones compensated for by OIS are: If the image is in motion, If the camera shakes, and for lowlight.
In a smartphone, OIS basically detects a motion and counteracts it which in turn allows you to get a sharp photo and record a stable and smooth video.
This can be very handy when shooting slow-mo videos and not all Samsung phones with Slow motion camera comes with OIS.
I know this is a long list. But the truth is almost all Samsung flagship phones from a few years back have OIS integration and works well with them too.
In 2021, we saw the inclusion of this camera feature on mid-range Samsung phones for the first time and they are the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 (including their other variants). This continues with the Samsung A33 5G, A53 5G, and A73 5G announced in 2022.
Even better, all their latest flagships since 2020 have OIS on both the main camera and telephoto lenses and this helps guarantee great photography on them. Before then, it has always been the top-of-the-line flagships that have this Dual OIS feature.