Before winding up with an OSMO+
, I’d been doing a lot of research about gimbals, stabilizers, and various mounts for cameras. I was considering getting a motorized gimbal to steady my Canon 70D with my go-to 24-70mm 2.8 lens (which, with the camera, weighs about five pounds). Well, the stabilizer would cost around $2K…a decent price tag to get that smooth look we all see in the movies.
While exploring the various options I came across the DJI OSMO
, a motor-stabilized camera that shoots in 4K. Well, I met a guy, who knew a guy, who lent me one…and I liked it so much that before I gave it back I went out and bought myself a slightly newer model, the OSMO+
The OSMO+ – which features a greater feature set (including optical zoom) over the original OSMO
Cosmetically, the OSMO and OSMO+
are pretty much the same except the 4k-capable “+” model has an additional 3.5 optical zoom packed in the Zenmuse X3 camera.
Also, I found the OSMO+ to be slightly quieter than its predecessor. But, truth be told, they’re both awesome.
The OSMO+ is super easy to connect to. Put the battery in, insert your phone into the mobile device holder, connect via Wi-Fi and you’re off to the races. For this review I used my iPhone 7 Plus because A) it’s awesome and B) I love how big the screen is. Since your mobile device will be your viewfinder, nothing compares to something big with beautiful colours. My 7 Plus was a natural. Everything is fairly self explanatory and connectivity with this phone was a breeze.
THE NITTY GRITTY
The OSMO+ has a lot of options when it comes to shooting video. 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution at 24/25 fps, UHD 4K at up to 30 fps and 1080p at 120 fps for slow-motion video. It also records audio through the included FlexiMic. Camera settings allow the user to select video resolution, image format (raw, jpeg or both), customizable white balance, grid views, centre points, colour options, histogram and image styles. You can really get under the hood of the OSMO+
to get the look you’re looking for, including adjustable ISO and shutter speeds in manual mode for that truly cinematic look.
A full-fledged app gives you immense creative control with the Osmo Plus
When it comes to shooting stills, the OSMO+
has a number of options that do not disappoint. For starters, the time-lapse feature is ridiculously awesome. You have a full range of options for how long you’d like overall your time-lapse videos to be, including the length of time between each still photo (intervals). You can also set up a motion time-lapse, which allows you to program how the gimbal moves while the time-lapse unfolds. You can pan up, down, all around. In fact, the gimbal can be set to move between five different subjects, allowing your time-lapse more dynamic range and flexibility.
You can take single shots manually, or by using a 5s/10s timer as well as HDR. There’s also a burst mode with 3/5/7 frames & auto-exposure bracketing. The Panorama features a series of different modes:
- Forward, in which the camera will rotate 180 degrees and render a panorama
- Auto – the camera will rotate 360 degrees
- Selfie – the camera will point at you, then pan 180 degrees
- Manual – the camera will pan a specified number of degrees each time you tap the shutter button. Up to eight photos can be taken in manual mode to create a panorama.
There’s also a nine-Shot Panorama (Matrix): In this setting the camera will pan and tilt to capture a nine-shot grid, creating a large multi-image photo.
The Camera settings allows the user a wide range of options when it comes to setting up your OSMO+
for perfect shooting conditions. Video captions enable a .srt file containing on-screen information to be be created with the video file. The Time-lapse format “JPEG+Video” will save the time-lapse photos as well as the video. Anti-Flicker allows you to select the frequency that matches the appropriate current cycle to prevent the flickering of lights in your final product.
In File Index Mode, you can select ‘Reset’ and the camera will write the photo and video files starting from the smallest available index. If you select ‘Continuous’, the camera will continue the index from the last written file. Gimbal Settings provide the user with a series of profiles: ‘Fast’, ‘Medium’ or ‘Slow’ depending on how responsive you’d like the gimbal to perform. Smooth Track settings, Joystick Settings and Gimbal calibrations provide a huge degree of combined control over the unit’s responsiveness and sensitivity.
The battery provides about 30-45 minutes of continuous use, depending on what you’re doing with the OSMO+
. I always recommend spares (I have 3), and they charge up relatively quickly. The joystick feature lets you move the gimbal without moving your arm for smooth panning shots, and holding down the trigger enables lock mode, in which the camera stays in its current position regardless of handle movement. Quickly tap the trigger twice to center the camera; three taps will enter Selfie Mode, where the camera swings around and directly faces you.
Once again, DJI rocked my world. I have an OSMO+
, an OSMO Mobile
, and a Mavic Pro
(review coming shortly), and can’t tell which product I like more.
I first starting using the OSMO+ in sunny Costa Rica, and had no problem getting my hands on some ND filters which allowed me to get the 24FPS, 1/50 Shutter Speed, 100 ISO cinematic smoothness I longed for. The only caveat worth mentioning is that in certain low light settings, the OSMO+
worked to keep the noise to a minimum, but introducing some additional light solved that in an instant.
It’s light, sleek, and well-built and for the price. Overall, I’d say it’s perfect for someone who wants to capture imagery with amazing quality – without breaking the bank.