At its heart, the DJI Osmo is a drone camera along with a stabilization gimbal mounted onto its handle. It can become a solid addition to a professional video production kit, but in order to achieve that there has to be some requirements fulfilled first. To start, the unit has a poor internal microphone, and the low battery life is a serious concern. Therefore, you may have to invest in an external microphone and carry a few extra batteries to make this one part of your video production kit.
The DJI Osmo Has a Serious Battery Life Concern
The DJI Osmo is a steadicam in your hand whereas the company’s own Inspire 1 is a steadicam that can be flown to the skies. With the Osmo, it is a big plus for filmmakers who do not want to invest in a large, bulky, but more proper stabilization rig. It is also great news for those who just don’t have the upper body strength to use one of the larger rigs effectively.
It comes into the market with measurements of 6.4 x 2.4 x 1.9-inches and has a weight of 7.1-ounces. With the gimbal and the camera attached, it adds approximately 4-inches to the height along with more than double its weight as it will become 14.9-ounces. Even with the gimbal and the camera, the entire thing still weighs less than a pound. Furthermore, it is quite easy to hold even for those extended shoots.
Once you take the DJI Osmo Drone out of its packaging, you will immediately find that the gimbal is locked into place. This is, in fact, a good thing since it keeps the unit steady when not in use. Before starting to use it, there are three points needed to be unlocked first.
The unit has no built-in screen so you would have to rely on your phone with the use of a Wi-Fi connection to make for a display interface. The clip (included in the package) works with phones of up to 5.5-inches in size. To communicate with the Osmo, the DJI Go app should be downloaded first. Don’t worry as the app is free, and works with Android and iOS devices.
Bundled in the standard package is the Zenmuse X3 camera which has the same lens and sensor used by the snapper found in the Inspire 1. While it is a fine camera for drones, it captures footage with a wide-angle of 20-millimeters (full-frame SLR equivalent) field of view. The lens does offer sharp images from subjects 1.5-meters away, but it cannot focus anything closer than that.
When it comes to the battery life, the DJI Osmo is claimed to last for about an hour of use. However, that is a bit of an ambitious claim since using the unit will only last about a little over 30-minutes of use. Therefore, if you really want to own this device, then purchasing extra batteries might be one of your first priorities.