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.
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!
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Introducing the DJI Osmo
DJI Osmo – Moments
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.
The Osmo includes a suite of powerful features that make it the first camera of its kind in the world:
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°
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)