DJI is an objective leader in the field of drone building. And more recently, when the company had a falling out with GoPro, Chinese DJI minds began to mock their own drone cameras. Already possessing an excellent Zenmuse drive, several own cameras were released to stabilize the camera on the drone. They can shoot video in 4K format. And here, apparently, the thought “But a good camera with stabilization is needed not only in the air!” Was born: the DJI Osmo camera was born, which we first met at CES last year.
Naturally, the DJI Osmo camera appeared with us right after the exits. Even as they walked past the DJI booth at CES 2016, its representatives accidentally decided that we had taken their exhibition copy. But we explained everything and our camera remained with us. What are its advantages? There are several at once. Firstly, the DJI Osmo camera is equipped with an X3 camera with a 12 megapixel Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor and optics with an aperture of 2.8 and a viewing angle of 90 degrees. This is the equivalent of a 35 mm lens.
The camera is capable of shooting UHD 4K video at up to 25 frames per second, and in FullHD mode up to 120 frames. The maximum size of photographs is 4000 by 3000 pixels. At the same time, the camera’s sensor allows you to get great shots and videos even in low light conditions. The camera is interchangeable, and if X3 is not enough for you, then you can put X5. We wrote more about it in the DJI Inspire Pro quadrocopter review.
Secondly, this camera is mounted on a 3-axis Zenmuse X3 electronic stabilizer, which simply amazingly stabilizes the picture even when moving up the stairs or while running. No shaking at all! Thirdly, the camera via WiFi connects to the smartphone, which acts as a display on which the picture from the camera is displayed and there is access to the settings. The camera itself on the drive, as well as the smartphone, are succinctly mounted on a special handle on which there is a trigger for fixing the camera position, switching to selfie mode (and this also exists), and buttons for controlling the camera position and recording start/stop. We add a panoramic shooting mode and time-lapse to this arsenal and we get a ready-made, almost professional, pocket-sized product for lovers of active video.
Video review of the DJI OSMO camera
The DJI Osmo’s camera has removable rechargeable batteries. From a single charge, it can work up to 2 hours in a row, says the manufacturer, and 1 hour for sure, we say. We will not hide that the camera also has disadvantages. The loudest minus is the noise of the camera’s active cooling fan, which interferes with sound recording if the built-in microphone is used. But this minus is eliminated by connecting a buttonhole to the camera. Otherwise, while traveling on CES, we were much more comfortable with this camera than we expected.
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