Tecno Camon 18 vs Camon 18P vs 18 Premier; where is the Gimbal OIS

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Tecno Camon 18 vs Camon 18P vs Camon 18 Premier

Three smartphones in the Tecno camon 18-series showed up on the company’s website less than 48-hours ago. And even though the phones have not been officially announced in any country yet, we do know that Nigeria will be among the first market to be able to purchase any device in the series.

Now, first thing first; the Camon 18-series is a total upgrade over the Camon 17-series, and all the three smartphones in the series offers better CPUs and better OS over their predecessors.

Camon 18 Premier Polar night and Vast sky colors
Camon 18 Premier Polar night and Vast sky colors

But from the ads and promo videos we’ve seen so far, there is one key selling point Tecno has been squeezing to the front of viewers and potential buyers; and that is Gimbal Image and Video Stabilization, which is the major selling point of the Camon 18-series.

The question is, is this stabilization technology available on all the Camon 18-series, of course not. So where is the Gimbal OIS on the Camon 18 series? That is the question this comparison article seeks to answer.

Tecno Camon 18 vs Camon 18P vs Camon 18 Premier

Tecno Camon 18 vs Camon 18P vs Camon 18 Premier Specs comparison

TecnoCamon 18Camon 18PCamon 18 Premier
Display6.8-inches FHD+(1080 x 2460) IPS screen with 90Hz refresh6.8-inches FHD+(1080 x 2460) IPS screen with 120Hz refresh6.7-inches FHD+(1080 x 2400) AMOLED screen with 120Hz refresh
CPU (GPU)2.0GHz Mediatek Helio G88 CPU (with Mali-G52 GPU)2.05GHz Mediatek Helio G96 CPU (with Mali-G57 GPU)2.05GHz Mediatek Helio G96 CPU (with Mali-G57 GPU)
Storage
(RAM)
128GB ROM, 4GB RAM with 256GB via SD card128GB ROM, 8GB RAM with 256GB via SD card256GB ROM, 8GB RAM with 256GB via SD card
CamerasRear (Triple):
Main: 48MP (F1.8, PDAF)
Depth: 2MP F/2.4
Macro: 2MP F/2.4 with (Dual-LED)
Front: 16 MP (Dual LED)
Rear (Triple):
Main: 48MP (F1.8, PDAF)
Telephoto: 13MP 1.7X optical zoom and 30x digital zoom
Depth: 2MP F/2.4 with (Quad-LED)
Front: 16 MP (Dual LED)
Rear (Triple):
Main: 64MP (F1.6, PDAF)
Periscope: 8MP 5X optical zoom and 60x digital zoom
Ultrawide: 12MP with Gimbal OIS and (Quad-LED)
Front: 32 MP (Dual
OS (UI) Android 11 with HiOS 8.0Android 11 with HiOS 8.0Android 11 with HiOS 8.0
Data2G/3G/4G LTE, support Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz) & Bluetooth 5.02G/3G/4G LTE, support Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz) & Bluetooth 5.02G/3G/4G LTE, support Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz) & Bluetooth 5.0
Battery5000mAh Li-Po Battery
18W charger
5000mAh Li-Po Battery
33W charger
4750mAh Li-Po Battery
33W charger
ColorDusk Gray, Ceramic White, Iris purpleDusk Gray, Ceramic White, Iris purplePolar night and Vast sky
Additional
Features
Dual SIM, Fingerprint Sensor (side mounted), USB Type-CDual SIM, Fingerprint Sensor (side mounted), USB Type-CDual SIM, Fingerprint Sensor (side mounted), USB Type-C
Dimension
(Weight)
168.9 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm; (-)168.9 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm; (-)163.8 x 75.9 x 8.2 mm; (-)
Price at launchNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available

Camon 18 series camera specs

Comparison Summary; Where is the Gimbal OIS?

As shown on the table, the Camon 18 Premier is obviously the better option among the three, which is expected. Although it is nice to see that the 18P is flaunting same CPU and RAM size of the Premier model.

Tecno Camon 18P rear view
Tecno Camon 18P rear view

But as obvious as it can be, if Gimbal Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is the primary reason you are planning to get the new Camon iteration from Tecno, then ensure to go for the 18 Premier as the technology is absent on the vanilla Camon 18 and the 18P.

Camon 18 Premier with Gimbal OIS
Camon 18 Premier with Gimbal OIS

IMPORTANT: It is worth noting also, that the Gimbal OIS technology is only available to the Ultrawide camera on the 18 Premier, which is a 12-megapixel lens, and not the main 64-megepixel lens nor the 8-megapixel Periscope lens. So you should expect shaky images when using these other lenses.

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