ST Microelectronics releases Nokia's gyroscopic stabilisation tech to the open market

It's no secret that Nokia Windows Phones sport the most advanced camera tech in the industry. Competition is close – we compared the Lumia 1520 against the iPhone 5 in benchmark tests – but the Finnish company still reigns supreme. A part of what makes certain Lumia Windows Phones so good when it comes to snapping those special moments comes down to gyroscopic stabilisation. Previously exclusive to Nokia, this technology for smartphones is now available on the open market.

The tech has been available in digital cameras for some time, but to package it all into smartphones is something else. What gyroscopic stabilisation does is enables the camera shutter to remain open for longer periods of time without ruining the end result. The longer the shutter is open, the more light can be let in. It's something we take for granted in standalone camera setups, but for smartphones – where space is limited – it's quite the feat to include the tech.

Now that the technology is available to other OEMs within the smartphone industry, you can expect to see more hardware with such functionality. 

Source: The Register; thanks, Laura, for the tip!

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