DJI, the popular company behind Phantom series aerial drones and Zenmuse X Series cameras has now come up with a new product that aims to offer professional grade video quality. Dubbed as Osmo, it is a fully stabilized handheld 4K camera with 3-axis gimbal stabilization. Priced at a whopping Rs 69,990, the DJI Osmo will be available across 10 cities in India. You can buy this handheld camera from SSTPL, the official distributors for DJI products in India.
One of the key talking points of the DJI Osmo is its 3-axis stabilization that compensates the jerks and shaky hand movements to let you capture smooth videos. It comes with a handle, a detachable camera and gimbal, and a mount where you can attach your Android or iOS smartphone. To control and toggle the camera functions, you’ll have to download the DJI Go app from the app store, which connects with the DJI Osmo via Wi-Fi.
Coming to specifications, the DJI Osmo sports Sony’s 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor. With a field of view of 94 degrees, the camera is capable of capturing photos, recording 4K videos (24, 25 or 30fps), RAW photos, 360-degree panoramas and time-lapse videos as well. It can also record full HD (1080p) slow-motion videos at 120fps. The specialized 3-axis gimbal stabilization on the DJI Osmo also lets you click tripod free long exposure shots up to 2 seconds.
Weighing 221grams, the Osmo comes equipped with a 980mAh LiPo battery which offers around 60 minutes of battery life on a full charge. While it does not come with any built-in storage, it does come with a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 64GB. To ensure faster read/write speeds, the company recommends using a Class 10 or UHS-1 microSD card. It also features a stereo microphone and a 3.5mm jack to let you plug-in a highly sensitive professional microphone.
The company recently held its launch event in Mumbai, where we got some time to get our hands-on the DJI Osmo. The Osmo is portable, lightweight and easy to hold. Thanks to the rubberized finish, it offers a pretty good grip too. The buttons are well placed, and within the reach of your thumb.
On the back of the handle, you have the power button, LED indicators, a joystick with dotted finish to it and a button for one-touch video recording. By simply placing your thumb on the joystick, you can easily pan and tilt the camera based on the needs. On the front there is a trigger-like button with three functions. Holding down the trigger locks the camera orientation, a double-tap gets the gimbal in center and as we’re in the year 2015, a triple-tap swings the camera back for clicking selfies.
During our brief time with the camera, we found its movement to be pretty smooth. As it works with a smartphone app connected via Wi-Fi, you can toggle features and control the camera from a distance of up to 85-meters. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to plug-in our smartphone and try how the app controls works in real-world usage. We will hold on to our judgments till we have reviewed the device.
Along with the Osmo, DJI is also selling optional accessories including a tripod, a bike mount, an extension arm and a universal mount for the X5 cameras, of course, you’ll have shell out extra money for that.