DJI Osmo Handheld 4K Camera and 3‑Axis Gimbal

Virtually every photographer has to include some aspect of video into their work whether its for weddings, events, behind the scenes, or just to add a little “something” to their slideshows. The problem is that most photographers are not well equipped to get good, smooth video. Camera gimbals are big, costly, and can be hard to handle. What has been needed is a small, handheld, stabilized video platform….and DJI has given us Osmo.

What is Osmo?

osmo_sum03Osmo takes the concept of a “camera on a stick” and has taken it to the next level. While stabilized handles for GoPros have been available for a while, the only functions you get are pan and tilt. With Osmo, your smartphone sits in the holder and provides the viewscreen for the camera, allows you to adjust camera settings on the fly, change the video resolution (up to 4k), and much more. It is really the integration with the mobile app that makes the Osmo such a powerful tool.

Key Features

  • Fully stabilized 4K, 12MP camera optimized for ground use
  • Slow motion and audio recording
  • Tripod-free long exposures
  • Remote camera control
  • Secure grip
  • 6-hour standby time
  • 1 hour of video shooting

Using the Osmo

The Osmo is very easy to use. The handle has only 5 controls:

  • Gimbal unlock toggle
  • Power switch
  • Joystick
  • Start/Stop Recording
  • Shutter

Having almost no time to get to know the Osmo, it was off to Elevation Cycles to pick up some bikes and do some footage for a quick video. The Osmo felt pretty intuitive as we got the shots we needed. The following is the final video piece:

For having no “time of the stick”, the results are quite good. It is hard to believe we could get such good video on our first real attempt.

What Osmo is not

The DJI Osmo is not a camcorder, it is a video camera. The on-board microphone is pretty useless as it picks up the gimbal noise and the fan noise from the camera. If you are thinking you will be recording video and audio with the Osmo, you will need an external microphone.

For most photographers, the Osmo will be used to get group shots, candid action, and detail work. I can certainly see the Osmo being used extensively at weddings because of its small size and super good stabilization.

Summary

If you look at a GoPro Hero 4 Black at $499 and a basic gimbal for $250, you are at $749 for a very simple setup with lots of fisheye distortion. On the other hand, the Osmo sells for $649 and does a whole lot more. If you have a need for a small, lightweight, and highly portable camera that will provide excellent results without breaking the bank, be sure and take a look at the DJI Osmo.

For more information: http://www.multicopterwarehouse.com/dji-osmo

KerryG

Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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