You might think that it looks like DJI just announced what is essentially their Mavic gimbal on a stick. And you’d be right, it does look a bit like that. But there’s a bit more to it than that. Yes, it’s a tiny 3-axis motorised gimbal, but this is no ordinary stick. This is the new DJI Osmo Pocket. A teeny tiny handheld 3-axis gimbal that shoots 4K 60fps video.
The Purge is a horror series that takes place in dystopian America of the future, where all crime is made legal once a year. And in this future, it looks like DJI Osmo gimbals will be turned into eye scanners. Someone caught an interesting frame of the series, where a DJI Osmo is being used as a “futuristic” eye scanning machine.
Freefly is among the leading brands when it comes to camera stabilization. Unfortunately, their products are for professional use with prices regular folks simply can’t afford. But for the first time, the company is delving into the consumer market with the Freefly Movi. Their newest gimbal is compatible with smartphones, and it’s marketed specifically to you.
DJI’s Osmo Mobile gimbal has been hugely popular since it was first released. But, one thing that gave the competition so much advantage was its cost. Being released at $299, the $150 or less alternatives were much easier for customers to swallow. DJI’s first answer was to drop the price to $199. But now they’ve have answered that price difference again with the new Osmo Mobile 2, at a mere $129.
If you are using LED panels, there is a good chance you are using them bare, or with a diffusion panel. If you need a bigger light source that the size of your panels, there are no pre-made solutions.
If you are using a spot LED (like the 120T from aputure), you can use “regular” softboxes, but there is really no solution that can further extend an LED panel.
While the DJI Osmo is amazing for smooth cinematic shots, when it comes to audio it is. well… lacking…. If you want to retain your run and gun portability along with good audio, there is a 3.5mm jack that you can use for external audio (of course you can always record the audio seperately and sync in post, but we are talking a quick run and gun setup here).
Of course the challenge is to keep the rig light and easy to operate. Aldryn Estacio of FlytPath shows a nice little hack that keeps the rig small, while providing pretty usable audio.
The Osmo has just been announced and it is already becoming an object of desire for many videographers. The ability to get stabilized 4K footage in such a small form factor is absolutely mind boggling, especially when compared to the larger MoVI or a Ronin solutions.
The team at Lixi Studios took the Osmo for a ride, or rather for a jump. Trying to put the Osmo to its limits, the team tested it while running on trampolines, definitely not a sound environment. Results are quite impressing.
If you are following DJI, this will not come as a shock for you, and it is pretty much the obvious evolution in the company’s road-map. Today DJI announced that they are taking the camera off the drone and putting it in your hands. They announced the DJI Osmo.
The Osmo is an integrated device – a 4K camera permanently mounted on a 3-Axis Gimbal.