- 1 DJI Osmo: stabilized camera, balanced smartphone, and 4K recordings
- 2 Three models in comparison: Plus, Pro, and Mobile
- 3 Plus and Pro: how is the sensor different?
- 4 Accessories: From handheld gimbal to action machine
- 5 DJI Osmo Mobile: Use iPhone and Co. via handheld tripod
- 6 Filming with the iPhone
- 7 Links to the online shop
- 8 The DJI Go app
- 9 Useful links and reading tips
- 10 Your feedback on the topic
The Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is not a rare topic on the blog, which is one of many occasions to take a look at the product range called DJI Osmo. Under the name “Osmo”, DJI sells video recording equipment with image stabilization through a gimbal with three axes. DJI Osmo +, DJI Osmo Pro and DJI Osmo Mobile offer various functions and applications for different requirements. In this post, I would like to contrast you the individual DJI Osmo models and also go into the use with the iPhone.
DJI Osmo: stabilized camera, balanced smartphone, and 4K recordings
Since 2015, the handy Steadycam from China belongs to the assortment of DJI; It was first presented at the CES 2015. Since October of the same year, the handheld with intelligent gimbal is on the market. Meanwhile, there are different models and since 2016 each Osmo + or Osmo Plus and Osmo Pro also has a DJI Osmo FlexiMic, a small flexible microphone with a 3.5mm jack connection. At that time there was also a press release.
Now we write the year 2017 and the assortment is designed not only for friends of stabilized cameras but also for amateur filmmakers with affinity to the smartphone camera. With the iPhone, even professional slow-motion shots can be made. Incidentally, the possibility to create videos in 4K resolution with the DJI Osmo cameras is up to date. Now let’s take a close look at the individual models.
Three models in comparison: Plus, Pro, and Mobile
|DJI Osmo + (Osmo Plus)||DJI Osmo Pro (combo offer)||DJI Mobile (use with smartphone)|
|Own sound recording||Yes||Yes||No|
|Gimbal/camera||Zenmuse X3 Zoom||Zenmuse X5, lens can be replaced||Zenmuse M1 / none|
|Optical zoom||3.5 times||No zoom||Depending on the smartphone|
|Digital zoom||2-fold (lossless with Full HD recordings)||No zoom||Depending on the smartphone|
|Max. Resolution||4K video, 12 MP photos||4K videos, 16 MP photos||Depending on the smartphone|
|supports||Slow motion video, panorama, long exposure, etc.||Video in slow motion, burst shooting, etc.||Depending on the smartphone|
|Dimensions||61.8 x 48.2 x 161.5 mm||61.8 x 48.2 x 161.5 mm||61.8 x 48.2 x 161.5 mm|
|mass||221 g (without gimbal)||201 g (without gimbal)||201 g (without gimbal)|
|storage medium||microSD (Class 10, UHS 1 or higher) or smartphone||microSD (64GB max, Class 10, UHS 1 or higher) or smartphone||Smartphone storage, SD card in the smartphone|
|Film and take pictures without a smartphone||Yes||Yes||No|
|DJI accessories usable||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Details and ordering||Here||Here||Here|
Complete datasheets for each model are available at DJI.com. There is also Wifi transmission including frequencies, battery capacity, operating temperatures, etc. specified.
Plus and Pro: how is the sensor different?
The DJI Osmo Plus handheld has a Zenmuse X3 Zoom camera with a corresponding gimbal. The camera is equipped with a 1 / 2.3 inch CMOS sensor, which effectively takes 12.4 megapixels. The small sensor was criticized in one or the other test that I read in poorer light conditions. But if you want to film your summer vacation and other daytime activities, the Plus model will be enough.
The Pro product already has a bit more technology that can be used for high-profile productions, even in lower light. Because in the Zenmuse X5 gimbal a 4/3 CMOS sensor is installed. To put it all in: the X3 sensor is as big as the GoPro, the X5 sensor is as big as the Panasonic Lumix GH4. Comparing a test of the plus and a test of the Pro model, then it also becomes clear that weak light is not the problem with the more expensive product.
Accessories: From handheld gimbal to action machine
Both DJI and other manufacturers have plenty of accessories for each DJI Osmo model. For example, the gimbal and camera can be exchanged with the DJI Osmo Pro and (sometimes with a required balancing ring) attached to these lenses:
- DJI MFT 15mm f / 1.7 ASPH
- Panasonic Lumix 15mm f / 1.7
- Olympus M. ED 12mm f / 2.0
- Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f / 1.8
- Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm f / 3.5-5.6 EZ
- Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8
- Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f1.8
The Osmo accessory offered by DJI for basically all three models ensures that their functionality surpasses that of a handheld. For example, there is a car roof mount, various tripods, replacement batteries, extensions, charging stations and so on. Incidentally, DJI’s Osmo Plus and Osmo Pro and Osmo Raw’s memory are suggested by the 64GB SanDisk Extreme microSD. It is also recommended to use a smartphone for photo and video recordings, as you can control the cameras of the mentioned models as with the DJI drones via the DJI Go app. A smartphone holder is included with the devices
DJI Osmo Mobile: Use iPhone and Co. via handheld tripod
A gimbal in connection with the camera created for it is already something fine. But if you have already followed the links to the DJI shop (see table), then you have probably already seen the individual prices. So if you are not looking for a tripod, gimbal, handheld stabilization, etc. for professional productions, but are also satisfied with cell phone recordings, you should take a look at the mobile model.
With the DJI Osmo Mobile, the mobile phone can not only be used as a control (with the DJI Go App) but also moves into the central role of the receiving element. Whether fast action, romantic sunset or a mixture of different shots – stable pictures and interesting camera shots are definitely more enjoyable with the DJI device than if the iPhone, Android device or other mobile phone had been led by the hand. Also for holiday videos or private travel documentation a clear plus!
Filming with the iPhone
The Zenmuse gimbals and cameras used in the Plus and Pro models, as well as the DJI drones (Phantom, Inspire, Mavic, Spark, etc.), are recommended for more professional projects; The iPhone can also do a lot in the video and photography categories. Whether normal photo, live photo, panorama, video in Full HD or 4K: the cameras of iPhone and the plus models of the same can be used for much. That was emphasized again and again at the last Keynote events.
For example, the iPhone 7 Plus has this camera datasheet (excerpt):
- 12 MP camera with wide-angle and telephoto lens
- Wide angle: ƒ / 1.8 aperture
- Telephoto lens: ƒ / 2.8 Aperture
- 2x optical zoom, up to 10x digital zoom (6x for videos)
- Optical image stabilization
- Lens with 6 elements
- Autofocus with Focus Pixels
- 4K video @ 30 fps
- 1080p HD video @ 30 fps / 60 fps
- 720p HD video @ 30 fps
- Optical image stabilization for video
- time lapse
- Continuous autofocus
- While recording 4K video photos @ 8 MP
What will come on the market in September 2017, in just a few months, is something you can not imagine. Because the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus will certainly be by far the “best iPhones ever”. But even Android products can now be seen in some categories of functionality. For example, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium with super-slow motion, which conjures an unbelievable 960 frames per second.
iPhone 7 Plus with and without Osmo Mobile
Here I have once picked out a video in which images of the iPhone 7 Plus are compared with and without stabilization by the DJI device. The test clearly shows that wobbly and fast movements with the gimbal are a thing of the past. In addition to a drive around the block, there are certainly thousands more application examples:
The DJI Go app
Anyone who has already been informed about the DJI drones from Phantom and Inspire to Mavic and Spark surely knows the manufacturer’s own tax app for smartphones and tablets. This DJI Go app is used in addition to the Copter to control the DJI Osmo products. It’s not just about starting and stopping a recording. It’s also about exposure, panoramic shots, automatic shooting, and, by and large, taking full advantage of the power of the handheld. The DJI Go Download for iOS and Android, I’ve already picked out 😉
Small Note: This app is not the same as for Phantom 4 (Pro), Inspire 2, Mavic Pro and Spark. There is a separate app for the new DJI products. Details can be found in the contribution to the DJI Spark .
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Your feedback on the topic
What do you think of the stabilizer for videos and photos with the smartphone or single-handed steadycam with its own camera on top? Are you buying to capture video in the future? Feel free to leave your opinion about DJI Osmo da. Gladly is also feedback from users! 😉