This explains why shaking your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro creates noise.

Every device is constructed from thousands of little components that fit together to create the familiar smartphone. Having saying that, it can be a little unsettling to hear strange clicking or tapping noises coming from your Pixel 6 Pro. What exactly is it, and is it bad? This explanation will simplify it for you.

Dont worry, your Pixel isnt broken. What is OIS? Why does OIS in my Pixel 6/6 Pro camera make noise? Your pixel is not broken, so don’t worry. The integrity of the Pixel 6 has been called into question numerous times. Even here at 9to5Google, we have experienced our fair share of problems. When you shake your Pixel 6/6 Pro, a weird noise is made that is frequently interpreted as a manufacturing defect. Several different circumstances might conceivably be the cause of this. Initially, you may assume that a piece of glass is loose is rocking back and forth, generating a strange tapping or clicking sound on your Pixel 6. Maybe your volume rockers are a touch too sloppy and about to fall out. Don’t worry; it’s most likely not that. Do you recognize it?

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Different photo modes have begun to appear on our phones as technology has advanced over the past few years. Some of these modes need the camera to be extremely motionless when taking images in order to function properly.

Humans are currently not at all naturally still. Consider this. Particularly when holding a camera, our bodies move very slowly since we rely on electrical signals to move our muscles and are always fighting gravity. OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) was designed into our contemporary devices as a result, enabling us to capture images without loosing clarity just because we moved a little. Your Pixel 6 Pro’s OIS sensor is what you’re hearing, and this is quite normal.

WHO ARE OIS? The way optical image stabilization functions is highly particular. The OIS sensor will attempt to precisely counteract any movement that your Pixel 6 Pro experiences by keeping the camera lens and sensor still in space. In order to achieve optical image stabilization, the sensor is typically encased in a force-dampening substance. This substance can dampen motion and keep the camera sensor mostly static. Since humans are constantly moving and the Pixel needs to be motionless in order to produce a crisp image, OIS is often always in use.

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WHAT CAUSES THE OIS IN MY PIXEL 6/6 PRO CAMERA TO MAKE SOUND? The Pixel 6/6 Pros array is comparable to other modern smartphone cameras in that it is small. In order to steady a picture or video, a sensor can only move about in an enclosed environment so much. Given this, if you shake your Pixel 6 and 6 Pro vigorously enough, you will hear the sensor and lenses striking the enclosure walls.

Compared to the Pixel 6, the Pixel 6 Pro has it worse. A Pixel 6 Pro will make a strange clicking sound with just a light shaking back and forth, which is undoubtedly the telephoto lens being moved about. Given that the sensor’s sensitivity to movement increases with physical magnification, the OIS on this lens must be quite sensitive. Despite not having a 4x zoom telephoto lens, the Pixel 6 still makes a soft clicking sound when you shake it.

Google Camera app on a Pixel 6 phone

Overall, there is nothing to be concerned about. It merely indicates that the OIS on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is carrying out its duties. Even on other phones, where it is more pronounced, such the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S22, you can hear the clicking sound.

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