This one line tweak adds Electronic Image Stabilization to the Nexus 5X camera

Neither the Nexus 5X nor 6P offer optical image stabilitization but the latter phone can use software to reduce shaky hands. Here's how to add the feature to Google's Nexus 5X.

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Although the new Nexus 5X I just bought and Nexus 6P have more similarities than differences, some buyers are put off by a lack of camera features in the smaller handset.

That situation might seem odd considering that both phones use the same exact camera sensor. But certain features require more processing power, which is the likely reason the Nexus 5X lacks EIS, or the electronic image stabilization, found in the Nexus 6P.

Fortunately, you can add it yourself.

Liliputing caught sight of a Reddit post showing exactly how to add the EIS function to Google's Nexus 5X. And it only takes one line of text do make it happen.

Using a file explorer app, you simply add the line "persist.camera.eis.enable=1" (without the quotes) to the build.prop file on a Nexus 5X.

That's it. Once you reboot your handset, you'll see the EIS option in camera settings, which will help reduce any hand shaking when capturing video.

While that sounds easy, there is a pre-requisite: Your Nexus 5X must be rooted so that you have access rights to the build.prop file. I've rooted every Nexus I've owned, so the process is fairly routine for me.

If you're new to the rooting world, however, there's a nice step-by-step instruction set here.

You'll need to connect your Nexus 5X to a computer and download several tools before you can run through the process. It may look daunting, but it's not too bad, plus it's a good skill to have if you want total control over your Android device.

Note also that the Moto X 2015 handset does have EIS enabled by default and it runs on the same Snapdragon 808 processor as the Nexus 5X, so the chipset in Google's smaller Nexus phone should be able to handle the function.