After they introduced the new Zenmuse Z3 drone camera, you had to know an upgrade to the DJI Osmo was coming, and DJI has beefed up the handheld camera gimbal with a range of new features including better control and zoom capabilities. But it isn’t exactly with the new camera array, nor will you be able to swap the camera out. But even with that, there’s some nice features here.
“The Osmo+ opens up entirely new capabilities for creators who love the Osmo’s ability to deliver crisp, sharp and detailed handheld imagery. From action selfies to detailed panoramas to motion timelapses, the zoom features of the new Osmo+ once again expand the capabilities of handheld photography to push the limits of the imagination.” – Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager
Calling it the DJI Osmo+, this ‘dot upgrade’ offers a 3.5 zoom, plus a 2x digital zoom that DJI calls lossless zoom, for a total of 7x overall, or the equivalent focal length ranging from 22mm to 77mm. It’s called digital lossless zoom because DJI assures that even when it’s exploding the pixels, it also begins to crop the image so the quality of the video doesn’t drop below 1080p and get plagued with artifacting. That means that 4K is only available through optical zoom, so keep that in mind.
Other features include:
- Motion Timelapse – Osmo+ helps you record the passage of time easily. Just mark where you want the camera movement to start and end, and tap ‘Start’ to create moving timelapses without additional specialist equipment.
- Advanced Stabilization – The Osmo+ builds on the advanced stabilization technology introduced with the Osmo to keep the camera flat no matter how you move it, whether you are live streaming or shooting your first film, and has been optimized for ultimate stability during stills capture.
- Powerful Camera – Shoot crisp 4K/30fps video and 1080p/100fps for slow motion video
- enhanced sound capture through the included FlexiMic, a plug in external microphone.
- 12 megapixel stills in Adobe DNG RAW for more editing freedom
Additionally, the Osmo can be controlled through the DJI Go app [iTunes affiliate link; Google Play], which also offers live view capability. You can also attach the Osmo+ to accessories that include a tripod, bike mount and an extension rod. But don’t look for it to be able to handle the new Z3, as DJI says that it isn’t compatible. That’s a shame, because it would be nice for a shooter to be able to upgrade the camera without having to buy a whole new gimbal setup. But we’re talking about the throw away world of technology here, where if you want to upgrade, there’s always eBay.
Another feature of the Osmo+ is that DJI has beefed up the camera’s warranty through Osmo Shield, which, for an additional $65, doubles the warranty period to two years and comes with unlimited maintenance (certain conditions apply) and a one-time replacement or repair due to hardware damage, which includes water damage. WOW. That’s a pretty nice thing to have in your back pocket when calamity strikes. Osmo Shield will only be available to cameras sold in North America and China, though.
Price of the Osmo+ is $649 and is available now.
One small note: Lume Cube is offering a contest to win an Osmo; click here to enter (and hurry, just a day left).
Hat Tip – RSN