Introduction – and What is it?
Those familiar with modern camera drones know that stable video is a result of having a stabilized gimbal – basically a cradle for a camera which keeps it level and vibration free. Many photographers desire a ground-based version of the same….for various reasons. Many videos feature a mixture of ground and aerial video. With the use of a handheld device such as the Osmo, both types of video will match more closely and have the “pro” look.
In the spring of 2016 we took a look at the DJI Osmo, a 4K gimbal mounted hand-held camera. Although we enjoyed the system, the idea of using the smartphone that most of us have in our pockets was always appealing. At the time of our initial Osmo review we searched the market for a worthy smartphone gimbal – but were unable to find any that had US based support. With the recent release of the DJI Osmo Mobile, that problem appears to be solved.
The Osmo Mobile is a very simple product – which I think is the whole idea behind it. It consists of a heavy-duty metal stabilizing gimbal mounted on a handheld grip w/internal battery. The system is driven by the same DJI Go app that runs other DJI equipment such as the Phantom Camera Drones.
In the box you will find the Osmo itself, a soft case and a special USB to 1/8″ jack charging and upgrade cord. Initial preparation is as easy as installing the battery and plugging the 1/8″ jack into the Osmo Mobile and then into a (not included) USB charging wall jack. Charging time depends on the power of your USB wall jack, but should be from 90 minutes to 3 hours. Note – extra cost options include stand-alone battery chargers (single or multiple) and a higher capacity battery. Battery life is over 3 hours so many users are unlikely to need these options. [Read more…]