August 6, 2016 at 8:24AM, Edited August 6, 8:32AM

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Dji osmo worth the money ?

Is osmo worth the money ?
Is camera any good for colorgrading and how it deals with the lowlight situations ?
I own black magic pocket and i love the image that the camera produces, but the camera on dji osmo is capable 120fps at 1080p, while bmpcc is only capable 30 fps.
Will i be able to match the shots colorgrading wise from dji osmo to bmpcc?
Or should i get a gimbal for bmpcc like nebula maybe?
I like it because its pretty cheap and easy to use, but would like some feedback guys :)
Thanks

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It depends what you film. If you film a lot of action sequences then a DJI Osmo is a great camera. I know a number of people who own an osmo and I found that there's a 50/50 spilt whether they like the camera or not. It's kind of like a Go Pro it has a purpose and is good at what does but it does not always hold up to other tasks. However, I believe osmo has more practical uses due to it's size, stability and fps.

In terms of colour grading a lot of LUTs have a osmo profile since it's the same camera they use on their drones. In terms of matching the colour grading it should be doable since it's the same camera as the DJI drones.

August 6, 2016 at 8:52AM

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Toby Garside
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So I own a Ursa mini and a DJI Osmo, so i'm somewhat familiar with blackmagic sensors. The BMPCC has the capability of 12 stops of dynamic range, while the stock Osmo camera doesn't even list its dynamic range on its specs. (Note . Please do not confused the Osmo for the X5R , which fits on the same gimbal but is a much for substantial camera).

So I would say the osmo is not worth it, its a really expensive toy that does well on its own but doesn't play well with other cameras, if you already have the BMPCC just buy a gimbal to go with that.

August 8, 2016 at 1:50AM, Edited August 8, 1:50AM

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From my personal experience, I think the DJI Osmo is awesome for corporate work and live event coverage. It produces crisp footage that clients love and its ease of use is incredible. Really, if you do corporate work to make ends meet like I do, I highly recommend it.

I would hesitate to whip it out on narrative pieces and would go instead for your BMPCC with a pancake lens on a gimbal. But for documentary work, its got some incredible versatility.

August 8, 2016 at 11:51AM, Edited August 8, 11:51AM

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John Haas
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It's pretty terrible, even for a toy. Super noisy, unusable in lowlight environments. Consider it a last resort for any project.

August 8, 2016 at 9:54PM

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cole
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From my experience the camera footage is crap. Outside in the right salutation you can make it look good I guess but the footage looks chaotic and noisy and just like a GoPro but a little bit worse IMO...

August 11, 2016 at 12:29AM

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Clark McCauley
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For corporate/live event work, its really good. Shooting in 4k and downscaling to 1080p helps with any noise and sharpness issues, mechanically its solid and the gimbal works very well. I've used it for select shots in narrative and you have to have a lot of light to make it work, but it can be done. I would wait though since the Osmo got a price drop and aim for the X5 or X5R. larger sensor, better image quality, interchangeable lens mount. What I like the most about it though is that it works. Just turn it on and you are ready to go, no fiddling required. Its ease of use is really great.

August 12, 2016 at 12:02PM

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Nicholas Ortiz
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Love the Osmo. I use it a bunch alongside other cameras. It's worth depends on your personal style of shooting and what you shoot.

For myself, I used a glidecam for a time but it's weight, size and set up time meant it didn't get used a lot. Also I travel a fair bit and its extra luggage on the plane. A larger gimbal like a ronin is out for me for the same reasons. Its a bit of an odd device because there are cheaper hand held solutions to mount small cameras on. But for a bit more money you can buy an actual professional gimbal. But for me its perfect.

The Osmo's own demo reel shows you can shoot narrative with it if you choose but there's no reason you would if you have a BMPCC. The X5 capability is great. But you would have to have a very specific use case to want to drop £3,000+ on the add on for a £500 stick.

You mention "The camera on dji osmo is capable 120fps at 1080p, while bmpcc is only capable 30 fps." I wouldn't chose your camera based on frame rate specs. They're very different cameras for very different purposes. One supplements the other.

Colour grading depends on your own colour grading skills rather then the cameras. Here's a link to a recent fashion shoot I did with a mix of cameras including Osmo. https://vimeo.com/174225749

It's that age old thing of time v money. If you have all the time in the world you can de-rig the BMPCC and put it on a nebula. If you need the ease and conveniance of something you can pick up and use then you know your answer. But it can take time to sync any two camera looks in post. So we're back to time v money again. Lol.

Oh, despite the marketing its NOT an holiday/ action cam. Using it on a beach will get sand in it (I know) be sensible about where you use it and you should be fine.

August 12, 2016 at 4:01PM, Edited August 12, 4:15PM

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Cole Black
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There's now the Osmo Plus with 3.5 optical zoom and a shorter minimum focusing distance. Slightly higher price though.

August 29, 2016 at 10:58AM

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Cole Black
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