Action shots without shakes. Motion without blur. That’s the all new DJI Osmo in short. The company DJI Innovations is well-known for its flying and camera stabilisation systems that already redefined the camera placement and motion industry. With GoPro soon to enter DJI’s terrain in the drones camera market, DJI is fighting back with a portable action camera of its own and it can do things no GoPro has done yet.
DJI’s drone camera technology has now come down to earth and is transformed into an unique and powerful tool for stabilised handheld video recording. The all new DJI Osmo is essentially a hand-held 4K action camera on a stick. However its innovative 3-axis stabilisation system, completely integrated with the camera, cancels out your movements. Shakes and wobbles that normally characterise action cam footage are easily smooth out. At all times the camera will stay completely level.
The Osmo offers an unique filmmaking tool that makes steady cam-style footage available for the average camera guy. Professional steady cams are often big and expensive. When unpacking we find that the Osmo consists of four parts: the Zenmuse X3 three-axis gimbal with a camera, an ergonomic handle with the control buttons, a battery and the necessary phone clamp. The package also includes a protective lens cap and a wrist strap for safety measures.
The gimbal camera is fan-cooled and features Sony’s 1/2.3-inch 12-megapixel sensor which can record videos of up to 4K resolution. The gimbal is also where you insert your microSD card for saving your footage. Remember, the faster the write speed, the better. The detachable, metallic phone holder hangs onto the left side of the handle and it will keep your phone safely in place without scratching.
DJI also offers a range of accessories for the Osmo, such as universal, bike and vehicle mounts, which can be installed the same way as the phone holder. The camera’s handle houses a built in stereo microphone, a battery and several buttons and LED indicators. Thanks to the handle’s soft grip and ergonomic design, it offers a comfortable fit. You can easily reach the buttons and control the camera.
By using the DJI Go mobile app for iOS and Android you can not only set your photo aspect ratio, video resolution and video frame rate, but also re-calibrate the camera when necessary. To link up, simply turn on the camera, connect your phone to the its WiFi hotspot and then launch the DJI Go app. Once you’ve accessed the camera view, you can switch between the still-camera and the video-recording interfaces.
The DJI Go app also lets you browse, transfer and edit the captured content. With photos, you can adjust contrast, brightness, add filters and more. As for video, you are able to put together a simple movie using multiple six-second clips and also add some music templates. Once you get the hang of it’s quite an enjoyable photo and video editing tool. You can also share your creation via DJI’s Skypixel platform.
Overall, the DJI Osmo may be the company’s first attempt at making a hand-held gimbal, but it’s already one of the best solutions available today. The camera offers great stabilisation, intuitive and easy to use software and a comfortable ergonomic grip. This makes it a fun and complete package.
- Fully stabilised 4K / 12Mp camera.
- Offers tripod-free long exposures.
- Remote control & ergonomic grip.
- Available with a lots of accessories.
- High price but worth checking out.
- Overall battery life could be longer.
- Video can easily get a bit to noisy.