What They Say
“Reimagine movement. Motion without blur. Action shots without shake. Perfect video even when you move. Thanks to advanced technologies specifically designed to keep the camera flat no matter how you move it, the DJI Osmo helps you record videos and take photos like never before. It is much more than just a camera. It helps you create with more freedom than ever.”
What We Say
Uh… Wow. In terms of ergonomics and usability, the DJI OSMO is idiot proof. And by that, we mean even the likes of Homer Simpson could pick it up and get a handle on it pretty quickly. You turn it on and straight away it sets itself up for follow mode, where the camera will smoothly point at and stabilise whatever you’re shooting. Hold the well-placed trigger and it will stay locked in one plane for panning past subjects, double tap it to realign it with the horizon and triple tap it for selfie mode.
Want to adjust where it points? There’s a thumb-controlled joystick for that, or alternatively, you can just use your meaty paws to point it where you want. So. Simple. That’s pretty much all the usability functions you’ll need for 99% of videos. In three sentences. That is how easy to use the OSMO is.
- Price: £519
- Weight: 422 grams
- Battery life: They say 1 hour of recording, 6 hours on standby
- Website: dji.com
You can’t put a price of tech that does so much work for you, allowing you to concentrate on what you’re trying to capture rather than controlling a complicated piece of equipment. That same usability carries on to the DJI GO app, which lets you use your phone as a monitor for filming or to review shots, as well as adjusting settings. Connecting the two is incredibly simple, and again in terms of handling, it’s one of the best functioning bit of technology we’ve ever come across. The way the phone can fit onto the OSMO itself is great as well, instantly becoming part of the handle and your focal point of use.
“In terms of handling, it’s one of the best functioning bit of technology we’ve ever come across”
That’s how you use it – how does it perform? Whilst similar to a GoPro Hero5 in terms of sensor resolution, the OSMO’s standard X3 camera looks a lot less fisheye and doesn’t have that ‘GoPro look’. The 20mm-equivalent lens has a 94° field of view compared to the GoPro’s 118°, so while it will fit less in the frame all the lines will be nice and straight, giving a more cinematic look. Which you like best is down to personal preference.
For HD nerds, the OSMO can shoot 4K at 25/30 frames per second, which is the same as the latest and greatest GoPro, though it does lack in the slo-mo department, only shooting up to 50/60 fps at 1080p. However, it can shoot in D-log, a very ‘flat’ picture profile that allows greater flexibility in post-production if you’re into grading, but will also do a fine job in its normal mode in terms of colour management. The lens also has a filter thread if you want to attach any of DJI’s UV, polarising or ND filters for extra video flair.