BalancedOpticalSteadyShot is the world’s first 1 Floating Lens Unit image stabilisation technology, capable of delivering up to 13 times 2 the performance of its predecessor and effective across all forms of videography, from wide-angle to long-range and telephotography. Read on to find outhow it outshines other existing image stabilisation technology, and learn about its development from the engineers themselves. 1 As an AVCHD camcorder (as of March 2012) 2 When compared to the HDR-CX700V’s standard mode BalancedOpticalSteadyShot has brought about amazing improvements to image stabilisation The world’s first BalancedOpticalSteadyShot image stabilisation was developed with an entirely new approach, while still retaining the advantages of its recognised predecessor technology OpticalSteadyShot (Active Mode). Creation of the Floating Lens Unit Former image stabilisation technology relied on moving a single corrective lens to compensate for camera shake. When the camera moved during recording, all other lenses in the barrel moved along with it, causing some image blur. With BalancedOpticalSteadyShothowever, the entire lens barrel is suspended within the camera unit, so that movement of the camera does not affect the lenses or image sensor. When you shake the camera, you can see the entire integrated lens and sensor mechanism move against the shake, dramatically reducing image blur. BalancedOpticalSteadyShot (Predecessor technology) Blur correction using a single lens BalancedOpticalSteadyShot Blur correction using the entire lens barrel By moving the lenses and image sensor together, our engineers were able to clearly demonstrate the effect of image stabilisation, even at long telephoto distances. Previously, they were able to obtain up to 10X image stabilisation for wide-angle settings and 2X for zoom. Now however, they have achieved image stabilisation for up to 13X for both wide-angle and zoom settings. This effectiveness is especially stunning when recording small, fast-moving subjects while zooming, such as when filming your children during school sports events.