Lately it seems that DJI has been releasing innovative video tools every single month. Known primarily for their ultra popular Phantom and Inspire 1 drone systems, DJI just announced today that they are releasing their own handheld 4K camera and gimbal called the Osmo. Together with the Ronin DSLR stabilizing system and the Micro Four Thirds Inspire 1 Pro, the Osmo is yet another product that will change the way photographers and videographers can capture stabilized footage on a budget.
As you can see from the promo video above, the Osmo is basically a small 4K camera attached to the new DJI 3-Axis Gimbal. What is so cool about this unit is that it is modular so you can use any of the current DJI Zenmuse camera systems (no word yet if you can actually mount your Zenmuse gimbal from your Phantom drone which would allow you to use your GoPro cameras too). This really opens the door for those who want a cheap system now, but eventually want to upgrade to a micro four thirds camera system like the one used on the brand new Inspire 1 Pro. We are currently testing the Inspire 1 Pro right now and have to say that having a micro four thirds sensor on a aerial drone is pretty amazing.
Here are a few specs that we know about this system that was just released today.
- Wide 94 degree field of view (22mm or 35mm equivalent)
- Sony Exmor R CMOS 1/2.3-inch sensor (same size as GoPro Hero 4)
Video Resolutions: UHD: 4K (4096 x 2160) 24/25p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) 24/25/30p
2.7K (2704 x 1520) 24/25/30p
HD: 1920 x 1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
HD: 1280 x 720 24/25/30/48/50/60p
- Max Bit rate: 60 Mbps (bit rate for each frame rate is still unknown)
- Photo Resolution: 12 megapixels
- MP4/MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) for video
- JPEG/DNG for stills
Gimbal (ZENMUSE X3):
- Tilt: -35 degrees to +135 degrees, Pan: ±320 degrees, Roll: ±30 degrees
- Output power: Static: 9 W, Dynamic: 11 W
- 221 grams
- Stereo Microphone
- 3.5 mm audio jack for external microphones and lavs
- Smartphone holder for camera control and monitoring
- Ability to attach to tripod, bike mount, extension arm, and other accessories
- 201 grams
- 60 minutes of battery life, 6 hours standby time, 60 minute recharge time
- Wi-Fi compatible
It looks like the DJI Osmo will be shipping around October 15 but you can preorder it today from B&H Photo. The retail price for everything is $649 which is very reasonable considering you can get a GoPro 4 Hero Black for $499 and the Feiyu G4 Gimbal for $250. Obviously with the GoPro system you can detach the camera and use it elsewhere or even underwater, but with the Osmo system you can also use the much more capable X5 R camera that shoots raw 4K video (granted it is $5,000).
Here are some videos showcasing the raw footage taken from the Osmo system. What do you think, will this system be a useful tool for videographers on a budget or is this stabilized system a little late to the party?