The OSMO is a fully stabilised handheld 4K camera which actually includes the camera head and is small and light enough that it can be handheld by just one hand.
It uses a three-axis stablizer that allows you to move the camera freely and still create very smooth shots. The viewfinder is your own iPhone (VMI will be including an Apple screen as standard with the kit shortly) and all batteries and mounts fit into a small convenient case.
DJI have integrated all the hardware together for camera and stabilisation which makes for a device which is incredibly easy to use and does not require balancing, as it does this itself, so there is effectively no downtime from taking in out of the box, switching it on and using it. A great change from the past!
The camera can be controlled with one hand with all the controls just a thumb's reach away on the joystick and monitoring is via a smartphone using the OSMO App. It has a really neat function whereby you can use your finger to touch the screen to make the camera pan to where you are pointing or you can use the integrated joystick. Pressing the trigger 2 or 3 times has special functions including a ‘selfie mode’ and restore mode. Very elegant.
This version of the OSMO X3 is supplied with the 1/2.3" Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor, which achieves a 4K image size too!. Field of view is 20mm (35m equivalent) giving a 94 degree viewing angle.
4K (4096 x 2160) is available at 24 & 25p and UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) and also 2.7K at 24, 25 & 30p.
In HD though, it even can shot up to 120fps slow motion with full HD (1920x1080) available at 24, 25, 30 48, 50, 60 and 120p. The footage is recorded onto a Micro SD card (supplied).
There's an Automatic Panorama mode for shooting 360 phots. Just hold the OSMO above your head, hit the shutter release and the camera will rotate, capturing the image as it rotates, staying completely level. The OSMO also features a timelapse mode.
Audio is recorded through an internal microphone - you have audio gain settings on the app allowing you adjust the sound levels. There's also a standard 3.5mm mic port for plugging in a separate mic.
The battery lasts approximately one hour (6 hour standby) and 2 are supplied with the kit. A full range of accessories are offered as standard. including Extension Stick, Tripod, Bike Mount, Car Mount and Universal Mount TBC.
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||Sony Exmor R CMOS; 1/2.3”
||12.40M (Total pixels: 12.76M)
||94° FOV 20mm
(35mm format equivalent)
||3.5m (suitable range 1.5m to ∞)
|Electronic Shutter Speed:
||8s – 1/8000s
(up to 30s when camera is on M mode)
|Max. Image Size:
||4000 x 3000 pixels
|Still Photography Modes:
Photo Burst Mode: 3/5/7 shots
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB):
3/5 bracketed frames @ 0.7EV bias
||UHD: 4K (4096 x 2160) 24/25p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) 24/25/30p
2.7K (2704 x 1520) 24/25/30p
FHD: 1920 x 1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
HD: 1280 x 720 24/25/30/48/50/60p
|Video Recording Modes:
||Auto; Slow Motion(FOV 47°)
|Max. Video Bitrate:
|Supported File Formats:
||FAT32(≤32 GB);exFAT (>32 GB)
||MP4/MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
|Supported SD Cards:
||Micro SD; Max. Capacity: 64 GB; Class 10 or UHS-1
||32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)
||Two channel, 48 KHz; AAC
The DJI Osmo links to your phone via wifi using the DJI Go mobile app. Camera settings and profiles can be changed here and the app doubles as the viewfinder. Using your phone’s touch screen you can also control the camera rotation remotely from the app, up to a distance of 25m.
Battery life is 60 minutes for video, 6 hours standby time. Batteries typically take 60mins to recharge.
The DJI Osmo is not water proof.
It comes with a UV filter as standard and is not supplied with ND filters.
Picture quality is impressive for such a small outfit, similar in look and dynamic range to a GoPro. It boasts useful features for inventive shooting such as 360 degree panoramas and timelapse settings.