Do we really need to carry that tripod?

Author David Goodell

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Technology has advanced digital photography on all fronts, but an area that has shown one of the greatest leaps is image stabilization.

_1050291My camera, the Lumix GX8, has a dual image stabilization system which takes advantage of both the in-body image stabilizer as well as the optical image stabilizer in the lens. Reviews have reported sharp photos at one half second shutter speed.
Last week I took a Jeep trip in Colorado with a friend. All of these photos were taken while being bounced around the Jeep on roads which were rougher than any I have ever driven (or hiked). As we bounced my seat belt kept getting tighter and tighter.
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Given the sharpness of the images, which were taken at ISO 200, I wonder if, in the near future, advances in image stabilization (and ISO) will allow us to leave our tripods at home when we do daylight photography.

David Goodell is a trip leader for Arizona Highways Photo Workshops

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