- Great stabilization
- Very easy to use
- Great image quality
- Convenient to use phone as viewing window
- Durability concerns
- Poor audio quality
Not for the average consumer but a great stabilizing handheld camera.
The DJI Osmo is a handheld 4K stabilized camera that is probably too expensive. While we really like the Osmo, at an MSRP of $540, we think it’s a tough sell to most consumers. With that said it’s pretty fun to play with and you’ll be happy with the footage you get with it. The two biggest downsides to the Osmo are battery life (~45 min max) and audio quality, which is atrocious unless you opt for an external mic. We’d recommend just getting a few extra batteries and planning to not use the audio from the Osmo.
The camera records 4K up to 24 frames per second as well as 1080p up to 60fps and 120fps (slow motion). Footage looks really great, however, changes in lighting can throw the sensor off a bit. Sometimes also it can over saturate the footage, which is annoying, but for the most part it looks really nice. The stabilizer does an amazing job of smoothing out your shots also—completely erases your footsteps and makes you look like a pro videographer. As an FYI, you can buy more high end camera sensors for this, but we have the baseline 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor, which is good enough for us (and probably most folks out there).
Other things to make note of…durability is slightly concerning. It’s all plastic and has a lot of moving parts with the gimbal. Keeping that in mind, you can control the gimbal with just the way you orient your wrist or it has a joystick to control it like playing a video game. In any case, it works great. The other thing that’s pretty neat is that you can pair the Osmo with your smartphone to use that as a viewing window to see what your footage looks like. This is a clever and very useful feature, but it does add to the setup time and means you also need to monitor your phone’s juice.
Bottom line with the DJI Osmo stabilizer is that it’s awesome, but has a few downsides (including price) that lead us to conclude that it’s not a must-have item. It’s really neat, but not $540-neat. We’d love to have better battery life, better audio, and a lower price tag.