iPhone 14 Action mode video reveals gimbal-like stabilization

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models have a new camera feature called Action mode that is used for video capture with super-smooth stabilization. Apple claims that using Action mode removes the need for using a gimbal.

iPhone 14 Action Mode

Action mode in iPhone 14

We have our first look at this feature in action, outside of Apple’s own videos, by tech reporter Rich DeMuro, who was at the event and recorded a video in Action mode using an iPhone 14 Pro.

As the video shows, even though Rich is walking with the iPhone 14 Pro, it seems as if a gimbal is being used for smooth movement. Even panning the phone around provides completely smooth footage.

Both iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro feature second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization, which helps with smooth image and video capture. However, Action mode goes one step ahead and utilizes the larger sensor to crop the center of the video and remove any shakes and vibrations.

Here is how Apple explains the new feature:

A new Action mode for incredibly smooth-looking video that adjusts to significant shakes, motion, and vibrations, even when video is being captured in the middle of the action.

The only potential drawback of this feature is that the video is cropped a lot.

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