November 16, 2015

Putting the Handheld 4K DJI Osmo to the Test...on Trampolines

When the DJI Osmo came out a little over a month ago, it appeared to be a great option for action cam users wanting to capture high quality, stable images with its 4K camera and integrated 3-axis gimbal system.

But as we all know, there are lots of other action cameras out there, as well as little handheld gimbals on which to mount them, namely the GoPro, that are not only cheaper, but have also been vetted by scores of customers. So, to put it to the test, the team over at Lixi Studios took an Osmo to a trampoline park to see how it performed in severely unsteady situations. They follow that up with a short review of its performance in terms of image quality, setup time, and stabilization.

As far as action cameras and documentary filmmaking go, the Osmo is a worthy contender in terms of image quality, but if you're looking at the Osmo through the lens of narrative filmmaking, it's really not meant to be anyone's A-camera. As stated in the video, the X3 model is great on its own if you want to keep a great camera/gimbal combo with you at all times, but the X5 model will incorporate DJI's Zenmuse X5 Micro 4/3 camera, which might put it closer to the image quality of the GH4. This means you could potentially use this version of the Osmo as a B-camera.

Another caveat mentioned in the video was the Osmo's noisy fan, which means any audio picked up from its onboard mic will be polluted and probably won't be usable. As the video below from DroneTech demonstrates, the onboard mic is definitely not ideal, especially when your subject is standing any distance away from the camera. However, considering the fact that you probably shouldn't be recording audio from its onboard mic anyway, this is a small setback, since the Osmo has a 3.5mm port for recording audio with an external mic. 

The Osmo is available now for $650    

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Very cool tech. I think the Osmo may become the "GoPro" of the gimbal world, especially if they eventually offer an affordable range of camera upgrades.

I was very excited when I first saw the Nebula 4000 last year because it allowed you to "fly" a mirrorless camera like a GH4 or a Sony A7S with a pistol-grip 3-axis compact gimbal, that functions a lot like a bigger version of the Osmo but with a better camera. The Nebula 4000 is a pain to balance, but there are newer models that are better and easier to set-up...

CAME-TV Single
http://goo.gl/NO7hQe

Nebula 4200
http://goo.gl/36ATyL

Pilot-Fly H1
http://goo.gl/cz09PP

There's also a new 3-axis gimbal made by CAME-TV for GoPro cameras that functions a lot like the Osmo camera, and it only costs $300.

CAME-TV Action Gimbal for GoPro
http://goo.gl/alRz6x

There is even a new product from FilmPower ( the people that make the Nebula pistol-grip 3-axis gimbals ) called the ROXOR which is a 3-axis 4K gimbal camera that only costs $200.

FilmPower ROXOR
http://goo.gl/imI6vW

So right now there are a ton of options available in the single-handed gimbal arena.

November 16, 2015 at 9:48PM, Edited November 16, 10:16PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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The Osmo looks cool but so is the price tag. I think the Came-TV Action is a better option for those who already own a GoPro. It's got practically zero setup time because of it's 32bit encoders, just like the Came-TV Single. Plus, you can upgrade the camera over time with the latest version of GoPro or similar.

November 17, 2015 at 4:56AM

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David O'Shea
Photographer
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Actually it's the encoded motors that make for zero set-up time with the new CAME-TV Action gimbal. ( they also make for very long battery life compared to a regular GoPro gimbal )

The CAME-TV Single also uses encoded motors to fly a GH4 or A7S camera with close to zero set-up time and 10+ hours of battery life.

November 17, 2015 at 1:37PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I'm more of a 3K guy myself.

November 17, 2015 at 10:14AM

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Ian
Director/Writer
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I appreciate the sample footage and the overall review, but the guy missed the point in comparing it to the GoPro.

Fisheye vs normal and the DJI is actually mounted onto a gimbal, while he just put the GoPro on the table. The best Gimbal i've seen for the GoPro has two finicky screws that you have to unthread. Also, the backpack monitor for it takes a different set of screws. The monitor also shuts off when filming.

So yeah, it takes more time, but so what . . . . prepare for that and it's a moot issue.

November 17, 2015 at 11:18AM

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Justin Gladden
Producer
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The next one should be exactly the GH4's sensor since the specs matches, the difference is that it should have RAW, so it can be better. DJI used the specs from GH4's stills instead of video, that's why in theory the specs looks better when it comes to DR, but not that it will encessarily translate into reality. Anyway, the least you can expect is the same quality as a GH4.

November 17, 2015 at 2:34PM

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It also allows some amazing tracking shots from cars without needing to mount to the vehicle. Here's a still from the Osmo. Low-light isn't the greatest of course, but still usable.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpt1/t31.0-8/12241029_...

November 18, 2015 at 4:28AM, Edited November 18, 4:28AM

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Kirill
Filmmaker
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Using any kind of attached mic kind of defeats the purpose of a gimbal, even a higher end one. Of course you want separate audio if the camera is going to be moving around.

November 21, 2015 at 12:15AM, Edited November 21, 12:17AM

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Ryan Gudmunson
Recreational Filmmaker
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I've been idly playing with my DJI Osmo a couple of times. The biggest problem I have is that I cannot simply give someone the case (badass guitar-looking case by the way) and have him get to it. If you don't know what you're doing, it appears that any number of pieces can be broken. Unlocking each of the three axes takes a bit of practice, as you can accidentally disconnect the camera from the base and um - oops (ahem - though it did not fall). It also does take a bit of time to set up and there is some fear that in haste, you could break something. I will still keep it for its transportability and gorgeous smoothness.

Thanks, Guy McLoughlin, for the alternative links. I am quite excited about the Nebula 4200 5-axis gimbal. Can't so far find test footage, just the display by the manufacturer of a user with the unit, but it looks super promising and quite solid, though not comfy for a multi-hour shoot.

November 28, 2015 at 10:40PM

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Suzie Park
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