Dji 0smo Hands-On: Testing at Video and Photo Mode
I finally got the new DJI Osmo handheld gimbal camera !
The Osmo combines the DJI Zen Muse X3 camera with a handle that provides a battery and wifi connectivity. The result is a 4K camera with 3-axis stabilisation, all in a very portable and lightweight package.It uses a Sony EXMOR 12-million-pixel, 1/2.3 inch sensor that is capable of recording video footage at a 4K resolution. There is also the option to record at 1080p at speeds of up to 120 fps for slow motion video.The lens itself has a 94 degree field of view, which is the equivalent of around 20mm on a full frame DSLR.At the widest angle, there is no distortion on the Osmo
Its sexy design and lightweight body. The overall packaging is very well-protected. The case really comes in handy! Osmo (422g) is slightly heavier than GoPro 4
Quite simply, the Osmo does exactly what is mean to do. It is easy to use, stabilises its X3 camera brilliantly, and the resulting footage looks fantastic.
In terms of the camera’s low light performance; it’s clean in good light, but as soon as the camera hits 1600 ISO the image becomes quite noisy! The X3 can go all the way to 3200 ISO which is a bit unpleasant. It’s still useable at 3200 ISO, but not for professional work
Obviously it uses a smaller compact camera size sensor, so this will have its limitations in terms of dynamic range, but as an alternative to putting your phone or GoPro on a selfie stick and parading it around in front of you, it is certainly a far superior alternative that produces footage that has a cinematic feel.
The onboard microphone is almost useless because you can hear the servo humming all the time,an the sound in my video clips is very quiet, and there’s no way to adjust the microphones’ sensitivity in the app, so hopefully DJI can do something about this. Good thing there’s an option to plug in an external microphone
The Osmo is controlled via the standard DJI app for Android and iOS, which it accesses via a wifi connection.The handgrip has a few other buttons, including, rather obviously, a video record start/stop button and a shutter button for the camera. On the front of the grip, in the trigger position, is a button that allows the camera position to be quickly switched. A quick double press of this button and the camera will reset itself to be level with the horizon, no matter what the position of the Osmo. Press it quickly three times and it will rotate through 180 degree for selfie mode
Then there is the joystick. It sits just slightly raised from the surface of the Osmo, and by moving it using your thumb it is possible to position the camera. It is responsive to the pressure applied, so a slight push in one direction will move the camera more slowly.
I highly recommend the SRP filters, The i1 Series filter is a professional combination ND8 (3 f-stops) and circular polarizer filter for the DJI Inspire 1 camera, as well as the DJI Osmo. The protective UV filter that comes standard on the Osmo is screwed off and this filter is screwed on in it’s place. This neutral density filter reduces rolling shutter artifacts (e.g. jello) by slowing the shutter speed of the Inspire 1 camera while the circular polarizing qualities of the filter cut glare and increase the contrast between clouds and the sky. The i1 Series ND8/CP filter is recommended for cloudy to moderate sunlight.
Panorama –For example it has a 180 0r 360 panoramic mode. Simply set the mode on your smartphone and press the shutter button and with the camera held steady and stabilised, the panning motor will rotate the camera around the axis taking photos and stitching the together
Long Exposure – Make handheld long-exposures crisp using the camera’s stabilization technology
Slow Motion – Capture slow motion shots at 120 frames-per-second (fps) up to 1080p
Is the OSMO worth buying
If you’re a cinematographer, the OSMO is about the same price as a lens, so there’s no reason not to have it in your bag of video tools. If you’re looking for something indestructible, then the GoPro will probably be a better option. If you’re looking for the coolest tech related gift that will definitely have people on the street wondering what it is, then you’ve found it.
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