'I repeated comparisons under different conditions with different subject distances and different lenses too, but the overall result remained very similar: I was typically achieving only a stop or so of compensation from the GX7 compared to at least three from the EM5 under the same conditions. Maybe your mileage will vary, but I'd say judging from my tests in its current generation the GX7's stabilisation isn't anything to get too excited about. It may let you handhold at slightly slower shutter speeds, but it's not yet any substitution for an optically stabilized lens or of course the Olympus system.' And in a real world outdoors shooting situation I have to agree with that. Yesterday I wrote about using the IBIS in an indoor shooting situation and getting a 1-2 stop benefit, however this is why proper testing is necessary before coming to final conclusion. Going out later yesterday in a freezing wind with cold hands I could only get around a 1-stop advantage (compared to what I normally would use) and with my 20mm Voigtlander lens anything below 1/40th. sec. produced camera shake with the body stabilisation set to on. So is it useful? Well yes anything is better than nothing, but I certainly didn't get the results I can get with Panasonic lens OIS or what I achieved with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 cameras I have owned.
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