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Automated OIS tests with six degrees of freedom

STEVE executes controlled movements and delivers results about the performance of a camera’s image stabilizer. The control software includes an automated analysis and can also operate the iQ-Trigger, a device for automatic triggering of a camera.

The Stabilization Evaluation Equipment (STEVE) has been developed for the qualitative analysis of (optical) image stabilizers (OIS). The Image Stabilizers provide a better image quality by compensating for the human hand’s natural tremor: if the stabilization is working well, it can prevent blurring in the image.

A digital camera or mobile phone must first be mounted securely on the hardware to begin a measurement with STEVE. The software solution gives the user the ability to define any arbitrary motion with six degrees of freedom and thus put STEVE-6D in a controlled vibration. The software also controls iQ-Trigger, a remote-controlled, mechanical “finger,” which presses the camera’s shutter button. The software’s analysis module evaluates the resulting images. The results provide insight into the image stabilizer’s performance.

Technical information

STEVE-2D, the previous model that is still available, performs actions with two degrees of freedom; STEVE-6D provides six degrees of freedom. The intricate movements are carried out using a hexapod. An efficient control software individually controls the frequency and amplitude of each movement direction. The software’s analysis function automatically evaluates the recordings from the test chart TE261 and presents the results of the image stabilizer’s performance numerically and graphically.

Different vibrations can be generated using STEVE: a CIPA compliant vibration is possible as well as sine waves or individual waveforms. All movements can be reproduced and repeated accurately and in the same way when using STEVE.

STEVE-6D is available in two sizes: STEVE-6DS and STEVE-6DL. They offer the same range of functions. They only differ in the maximum possible load and show deviations in the velocity and the accuracy.

Included in the delivery for STEVE-6D is the hardware (hexapod), the control and analysis software, the automated shutter-triggering device iQ-Trigger as well as the iQ-Mobilemount. Ideally, STEVE-6D should be combined with the test chart TE261 and the iQ-AF Box. The iQ-Anchor is available as an accessory to securely attach STEVE. Another option is to mount STEVE on the Honeycomb Breadboard, a stable board for use with an already available table.

Software STEVE-6D

The software consists of two modules:

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1. Vibration control module

to control movement

Interface to STEVE-6D

Choose Pivot-point as required

Interface to iQ-Trigger

triggering of the camera

Set up waveform data
  • with the sine wave generator for every axis
  • chose one of the three CIPA handshakes
  • or upload a custom waveform with Cartesian coordinates

2. Analyze data module

calculation of the image stabilization performance

Metadata tool

Set Camera Metadata if not available

pixel pitch and shutter time are necessary for calculation

image batch processing for IS performance calculation

comparison IS ON and IS OFF

Displays the results
  • stabilization performance in f-stops
  • the edge spread function "ESF"
  • spatial frequency response "SFR"
Intended use Mobile phones Cameras
Motion types 6-axis sine generator, custom waveforms
Features hexapod according to CIPA standard, control and analysis software included, iQ-Trigger and iQ-Mobilemount included
Maximum load 2.5kg 10 kg
Maximum load
(CIPA certified)
2.5kg 6 kg
Single-actuator resolution 80µm 500µm
Max. velocity X, Y, Z 25mm/s 50mm/s
Max. velocity θX, θY, θZ 325 mrad/s 600 mrad/s
Weight 2.2 kg 12 kg
Dimensions (w x h xd) 136 x 115 x 136 mm 348 x 328 x 348 mm
API C++ optionally available (iQ-Drive API since version 2.0.0)

Price on REQUEST.