Suddenly, DJI is Even HOTTER – and Very, Very Ambitious: Enter OSMO

by Hugh Brownstone3 Comments

It’s not just the Ronin-M 3-axis gimbal [B&H | Amazon] punching above its weight class, nor the recent win of the Phantom 3 Professional 4K [B&H | Amazon] over the 3DR Solo [B&H | Amazon] in our five-part comparison test.  DJI has just released the OSMO, a 4K, 12 megapixel camera and hand-held 3-axis gimbal combo reimagined from the DJI parts bin to create yet another product that punches way above its weight class.

Oh – and if you are at all unclear about just how ambitious DJI is (never mind that it’s taking aim at everything from the iPhone 6S Plus to the Panasonic GH4 [B&H | Amazon] and every video variant of the Sony A7 [B&H | Amazon] on pistol grip gimbals and more) just take a look at this brilliant launch video below.

At $649 including camera and gimbal – along with a design from the get-go that actually integrates the iPhone – perhaps it’s best to think of the OSMO as a DxO One ($599)  competitor with the gimbal already built in: they both use iPhones as the  control interface to their own camera/lens combos.

Of course, its closest competitor is the GoPro HERO4 Black [B&H | Amazon] mounted on a purpose-built gimbal like the Feiyu G4 [B&H | Amazon] or even the just-opened Indiegogo project aetho Aeon.

Whoa!

I can tell you from my most recent experience with the Phantom 3 Professional that DJI does this kind of 4K camera well.

Fasten your seat belts!

But how interested are YOU in the OSMO? Sound off below!

Introducing the DJI Osmo

DJI Osmo – Moments

DJI Osmo

Via DJI:

We are pleased to announce the new DJI Osmo. A completely integrated, fully stabilized camera for use on the ground. Shoot videos like you never could before, and use new intelligent features to shoot hyperlapse and timelapse photography just like a pro.

DJI Osmo

The Osmo includes a suite of powerful features that make it the first camera of its kind in the world:

DJI Osmo 1

 REIMAGINE MOVEMENT

Motion without blur. Action shots without shake. Perfect video even when you move. Thanks to advanced technologies specifically designed to keep the camera flat no matter how you move it, the DJI Osmo helps you record videos and take photos like never before. It is much more than just a camera. It helps you create with more freedom than ever.

THE WORLD IN 360°

DJI Osmo The World in 360

The Automatic Panorama mode makes shooting 360° panoramas easier than ever. Just hold the Osmo up above your head and tap the shutter button. The camera will rotate, capturing images as it goes while staying completely level. Don’t just get a snapshot of a piece of your travels. Make a memory of the whole scene.

CAPTURE TIME

Osmo helps you record the passage of time more easily than ever. Whether standing still for a stationary timelapse, or moving through your world for a hyperlapse, you can create smooth videos automatically and easily without a tripod.

TRIPOD-FREE LONG-EXPOSURES

Take long exposure shots with absolute crispness and sharpness, even without a tripod. The stabilization system in the Osmo keeps the camera totally still so you can freehand capture stills of up to 2 seconds. With practice, you can get even longer shots. Now you can capture night time cityscapes, or blur out your subject’s background the moment inspiration strikes.

ADVANCED STABILIZATION

The Osmo brings DJI’s recognized leadership in camera stabilization down to the ground and into your hands. A 3-axis stabilization system completely integrated with the camera cancels out your movements in three directions so it stays still even if your hands shake or wobble. This is the first time this technology is available in a camera you can hold.

POWER IN YOUR PALM

DJI Osmo Power in your palm

The grip on the Osmo is precisely engineered with materials selected for comfort and durability, and designed to ergonomically fit the palm of your hand. Conveniently placed buttons and controls keep important functions by your thumb for instant access.

Put your smartphone in the included Phone Holder to see what your camera sees and control it with a tap of your finger. Your phone is also the home of all the Osmo’s powerful intelligent shooting modes.

REMOTE CONTROL

All of DJI's Smart Shooting modes can be controlled and triggered by remote control from within the DJI GO app on your smartphone. Mount the Osmo on a tripod, or any of the other available mounts, and take a few steps back to a position from where you can easily overlook the scene and control the camera.

Learn more about the DJI Osmo Here.

(cover photo credit: snap from DJI)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
Hugh Brownstone

Comments

  1. Pulled the trigger the moment I saw it and added every accessory along with the M43 camera since I shoot the GH4 as well. This is going to fit seamlessly into our gear box for our OUR REEL LIFE web series over at www.togetherinstyle.com Assuming the footage is as good as I expect it will be ideal for specialty shots coinciding with the already amazing footage the GH4 allows us. Excited for the possibilities.

  2. The Osmo is interesting. I can already get great 4K video using my existing iPhone and a gimbal that costs closer to two to $300. And using Filmic Pro I have most likely better control. It’s their mention of using the X5 camera w/ this mount that makes it more interesting. If I can get a higher bit rate video using a rig like this and a camera that’s better then a go pro or the iPhone, then it’s a sure win.

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