I captured video footages of the Brooklyn Bridge with DJI Osmo, San Francisco cable cars and the ocean front Strand were purely cinema-grade to be honest. At least that is the feedback I got from my audience. They are so flawless that people who watch them believe that they are shot with helicopter or using a drone. The truth is that they have been shot with neither a helicopter nor a drone.
For the last few months, I have been having the time of my life with DJI Osmo which is a drone camera on a stick worth only $549. It boasts a wide-angle view similar to GoPro that is so common with drone cameras and comes with a gimbal which utilizes motors to ensure that the image is as steady as it can get. All this paraphernalia is attached on the top of a grip while the smartphone camera serves as the viewfinder.
My Facebook feed never got so much fame as these video clips were made for auto-play. It is stunning to watch people amble across the bridge in the news feed. Moreover, my Facebook live events of people strolling through the historic Great Barrington, Massachusetts or Balboa Beach, California made people imagine as if they were really there. All these shots were without the traditional shakiness that accompanies all of the non-gimbal produced video footage. What’s more, you can even start up Facebook Live Events directly from the camera itself.
DJI have recently come up with Osmo Mobile, which is an affordable variant of the original Osmo and comes without the camera. It utilizes the higher-end handheld mobile devices for the camera which can be mounted onto the gimbal for just $299.
There have been phenomenal mobile videos created over the past several years using the GoPro action cameras. We’ve seen video shots of surfing, sky-diving, snowboarding, para-trooping, hiking, bike-riding and other action sports. But anyone who has shot these clips is familiar with the dirty secret.
The video footage is sensational but simultaneously it includes lots of undesired jumpiness. What most of us are treated online with is the more refined video that only includes the better parts with the poor quality video cut off.
Hey, just think of some of those stunning aerial shots captured from the sky. Do you remember that they were super-smooth? That is because of the gimbal mounted atop a drone. What if the same gimbal is brought to the ground to ensure steady images and videos?
As we discuss about GoPro, we are told that the company has released its signature Karma drone for $799 alongside an Osmo like stick to ensure that the Hero 5 camera can be used in the air as well as on the ground. You can get the Karma drone for $1,099 along with the camera while the stick can be bought separately for $299. I have recently got my copy and plan to do a review soon.
Now, let’s get back to Osmo.
The benefit that you get with the DJI Osmo is that is comes with a wide angle view and a specially designated camera that captures video clips to an inbuilt Micro SD card. The smartphone serves as the viewfinder while the devices pair with each other via WiFi. This is a handly configuration more often than not. However, once I was with a bunch of nerds at an Apple event where I could not get the camera connected to the WiFi.
The new Mobile version of Osmo lets you get connected to the Bluetooth while the image quality banks on the camera quality of your smartphone. The video shots that I captured with iPhone 7 Plus were way better than those obtained with the iPhone 6S Plus.
You can use the DJI app to operate the cameras that comes with all the features such as video, stills, slow motion, panoramas and plenty of other stuff. The live broadcast feature is a cool one! The app can also be used to playback the captured footage while if you are using the mobile version of Osmo, you can also use the app to store the video footage to your smartphone’s internal storage.
So, which one of the two models is really worth it?
I had a great time toying with the DJI Osmo despite its bulkiness and rather eccentric appearance. After owning it for a couple of months, quite a few of its parts are wearing down although I have made a few attempts to make the necessary repairs and maintenance. However, my video shots still continue to be awesome and I am satisfied that I purchased this gizmo.
The Osmo Mobile is slightly smaller in size and if you own a decent smartphone, you will get good quality images especially in daylight.
Worth only $299, the Osmo Mobile is a great gadget to have if you intend to bolster the quality of your images and add more creativity and dynamism to your cinematography.
The Osmo is one of the best pieces of accessories that I have come across in recent years and it provides a super-stabilized output that is better than that obtained from GoPro cameras.
Here are a few thoughts on how DJI have got inspiration from GoPro in cultivating a rich environment of auxiliary products. However, they are definitely asking for high prices from the consumers. If you want to attach the Osmo to a tripod, you can get the tripod for another $110 in contrast to GoPro’s tripod that is available for just $19.99. The DJI’s bike mount costs $49 while that of GoPro can be had for just $23.99. And it goes on and on.
If you are a professional cinematographer, you will have to purchase an additional battery since the original DJI battery provides a stint of around half an hour. However, the batteries are quite affordable and can be purchased for just $35.
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