DJI will hit the ground running with its new handheld stabilised gimbal camera - the Osmo. The Osmo brings all of DJI's expertise in aerial camera stabilisation down to earth.
The Osmo carries the X3 - the same 4K video and stills camera used in the air on DJI's incredibly successful quadcopter, the Inspire 1. It has been upgraded though - it can shoot at 120fps in 1080 HD. The good news is that it will be compatible with DJI's new X5 and X5R micro four thirds, high resolution cameras, which can also fly on the Inspire.
[caption id="attachment_3030" align="aligncenter" width="555"] The DJI Osmo handheld 3 axis stabilised camera[/caption]
The handheld Osmo with its 3 axis stabilisation will take all of the wobble and shake out of handheld video and stills work. It'll keep the horizon level for you and will make panoramic shots and long exposure a reality in situations where they wouldn't have been possible before.
The hand grip has a bracket to hold your smartphone so that you can control all of the camera's functions and monitor the picture through DJI's versatile GO app, which many of you will be familiar with if you fly a Phantom 3 or an Inspire 1.
There are also buttons and a joystick control on the handset and the unit comes with an integrated microphone with adjustable gain settings. You can even connect your own mic using a standard 3.5mm socket.
This versatile camera comes with a list of optional accessories. There's a tripod for added stability or for use with a remote control. A tripod extension rod, which gives added height, if you need it. There's a universal mount to add a mic or an LED light and a straight extension arm to mount two accessories to your Osmo at the same time. There are even car and bike mounts, which is self explanatory, but imagine the fun you could have with them.
The Osmo’s Zenmuse X3 camera brings you 4K video at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second so you could even shoot for the big screen, and captures photos at 12 megapixels in Adobe DNG RAW, opening up shots that you never thought possible before.
In automatic panorama mode the Osmo will make full 360 degree pictures easier than ever to achieve. You can hold it above your head, tap the shutter release and the camera will rotate while staying beautifully level.
The same stability means you should be able to capture long exposure stills at up to 2 seconds without any blur. With some practice you might even be able to better that. OK you could use a tripod but for those spur of the moment shots the Osmo will be great.
Customers who've bought the DJI Inspire from us here at Heliguy will know how good the X3 camera is but the fact that it can be swapped out for the brand new X5 and X5R cameras is fantastic news.
The Inspire Pro, which includes the X5 MFT 16 megapixel UHD camera is shipping now and by the end of the year the RAW shooting X5R will be here. It's also available as an Inspire 1 RAW unit. Even with its built-in half terabyte solid state hard drive, it will still be perfectly stabilised on the Osmo.
The DJI Osmo is due to ship to us next week and will sell for £549. Pre-order yours now. We understand that DJI will be releasing a version of the Osmo without a camera so that Inspire 1 owners can odd their own X3 or X5.
DJI Osmo specifications
2.4 x 1.9 x 6.4 inches
(61.8 x 48.2 x 161.5 mm)
Weight (Including Battery)
Output Power (With Camera)
Static: 9 W; Dynamic: 11 W
Angular Vibration Range
Tilt: - 35° to +135°
Tilt: - 90° to +150°
Roll: - 50° to +90°
Max Controllable Speed
Sony Exmor R CMOS; 1/2.3”
Effective pixels: 12.40M
(Total pixels: 12.76M)
94° FOV 20mm
(35mm format equivalent)
100-3200 (video);100-1600 (photo)
Electronic Shutter Speed
8s － 1/8000s
(up to 30s when camera is on M mode)
Max. Image Size
4000 x 3000 pixels
Still Photography Modes
Photo Burst Mode: 3/5/7 shots
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB):
3/5 bracketed frames @ 0.7EV bias
UHD: 4K (4096 x 2160) 24/25p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) 24/25/30p
2.7K (2704 x 1520) 24/25/30p
FHD: 1920 x 1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
HD: 1280 x 720 24/25/30/48/50/60p
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