October 9, 2015

DJI Osmo 4K Camera and Stabiliser

Why is my wallet twitching again?

DJI Osmo 4K Camera and Stabiliser

Update July 2021: Please note that this product is now discontinued, hence the main image being the Osmo Smartphone stabiliser. You may get one on eBay but why not check out the DJI store for the latest Osmo Products.

Introducing the "DJI Osmo"

What's in a name, this looks very cool indeed and great for film-makers everywhere. If you are into photography and/or film-making, watch this video and tell me you don't want the DJI Osmo. A reply to that is not necessary...and Smartphone is not included : )

There is one particularly great thing about this unit...for DJI Inspire 1 owners anyway. It is compatible with all their Inspire camera/gimbal systems (X3/X5/X5 Raw).

However, it seems that it is not possible to buy the unit without the X3 camera "for now".

This is a shame because I already have the Inspire 1 with X3 camera. I have ordered the new M43 X5 too so I absolutely don't need the camera.

I spoke with DJI whilst writing this and was told that the base will more than likely become available as a stand-alone product but she wasn't sure when.

Sooner rather than later I hope because there are MANY Inspire 1 owners that would jump at this if it was stand-alone (and cheaper). The only thing I can see is that the new X3 camera for this gimbal has a slightly different design. It is made especially for the Osmo and its workings…we shall see.

So, here are the basic specs etc:

DJI Osmo Product Highlights

  • 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor (X5 camera is M43...much bigger)
  • 4K (4096 x 2160) Video at 24 or 25p (nice)
  • 120 fps Full HD Video for Slow-Motion (very nice…if quality doesn't suffer. The example in video above looked over-sharpened to compensate?)
  • 12MP JPEG or DNG RAW Still Photos (meh...could be ok)
  • Handle with X3 Camera and Gimbal Controls (nice)
  • Wi-Fi For Monitoring and/or Remote Operation (cool)
  • Detachable Mobile Device Holder (not sure about phone compatibility yet)
  • Photos Bursts at up to 7 Shots
  • Regular and Moving Time-Lapse Modes (nice)
  • Auto and Selfie Panorama Modes (nice for selfie lovers)

Video Recording

  • 4K:
    4096 x 2160 (DCI): 24p, 25p
    3840 x 2160 (UHD): 24p, 25p, 30p
  • FHD (1080p):
    1920 x 1080: 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p, 120p
  • HD (720p):
    1280 x 720: 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60pMaximum Bitrate: 60 Mb/s

Photography Modes

  • Single shot
  • Burst: 3, 5, 7 frames per second (AEB: 3/5 frames per second; 0.7 EV bias)
  • Interval
  • Regular Time-Lapse
  • Moving Time-Lapse
  • Auto Panorama
  • Selfie Panorama

Recording Media

  • Type: microSD/SDHC/SDXC up to 64 GB
  • Speed: Class 10 / UHS-1 or faster
  • Format: FAT32/exFAT

Other Features

  • App is iOS only at present (get yourself an iPhone 6s+A*Extra while you are at it ; )
  • 3.5mm microphone input
  • Micro-USB for firmware updates
  • Wi-Fi range up to 82′ / 25 m line-of-sight
  • Resolution Total: 12.76 MP, Effective: 12.4 MP

Handy Accessories for the DJI Osmo

All in all, and without testing or using one, the DJI Osmo looks superb. Ground-breaking, money-saving, lighter, more useful and an easier way to create stunning footage.

You only have to go back 5 years or so to realise that back then it would cost thousands of pounds for a huge stabilizing video system that was clunky, heavy and very intrusive. This is absolutely perfect (and upgradeable) for:

  • Weddings
  • Indie film-makers
  • On the go action shots (skiing etc)
  • Family fun
  • General walk-around photography and video

It is so small and handy you can take it everywhere. I just can't keep up with all this technology. For sure, it is fast becoming a hell of a lot easier to make great videos with super-easy access to all manner of places using drones, gimbals, 4K video. Exciting times!

More DJI Osmo Videos

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