DJI Launches the Osmo - An Integrated 4K Camera and Stabilization Platform for Hand Held Photography

DJI is a familiar name if you are interested in Aerial Photography, as they are the Premiere Manufacturer of Drones like the Phantom 3 line that many photographers rely on to get photos and videos of their subjects from the air. DJI also offers some very nice cameras, like their Zenmuse X3, X5, and X5 R models with DJI's 3-axis gimbals to provide silky smooth video capture.

x5_drone1.jpegNow, DJI is launching a new system they call Osmo that combines their signature gimbal and camera technology into a platform that allows photographers to get the same silky smooth video capture when on the ground using a hand held camera that provides the same 3-axis stabilization technology that many photographers rely on for aerial use. DJI refers the Osmo as the world's first fully integrated, stabilized, hand held 4K Camera System.

osmo1.jpegAlso, because the DJI signature 3-axis gimbal system is designed to cancel out motion in 3 directions in order to keep the camera steady for video capture, the Osmo will also allow photographers to take longer hand held still photos without blur from camera shake.

The new DJI Osmo includes some really nice features like 360 degree Panoramas with a press of a button, with the motorized system rotating the camera 360 degrees while taking photos that are stitched together in the camera automatically, with the same X3 camera features that allow for 4K video and 12MP still photos that aerial photographers already enjoy; and ships in a package with a Handle, Mobile Device Holder, X3 Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal, shoulder and wrist straps and more. It will begin shipping on October 15, 2015 for a suggested list price of $649.

osmo2.jpegDJI also indicates that the Osmo Handle will be available separately so that photographers that already have DJI X3, X5 and X5R camera and gimbal systems for aerial use will be able to enjoy their equipment for hand held photography, too. DJI is also launching optional accessories for Osmo including a Tripod, Extension Rod, Bike Mount, Universal Mount and Straight Extension Arm.

Here's a video introducing the new DJI Osmo System:

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See a press release about the new DJI Osmo below:


DJI Introduces the World's First Fully Integrated, Stabilized Handheld 4K Camera

New DJI Osmo is the first camera designed to create stable photos and videos in any condition

LONDON, Oct. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- DJI, the world leader in creative imaging technology, today announced the launch of the Osmo, an integrated camera and handheld stabilizer that opens the creative possibilities of cameras in movement.

Using DJI's signature three-axis gimbal stabilization technology, the Osmo eliminates the shake of traditional handheld devices, creating cinematic shots in an easy-to-use, easy-to-set up form factor.

The modular format of the Osmo makes it fully compatible with DJI's Zenmuse camera series, but comes standard with a 4K, 12-megapixel camera with a 1/2.3" sensor and a 94 degree field-of-view lens.

"DJI consistently refines the way cameras move in space - whether they are in the air or on the ground," said Frank Wang, DJI CEO and Founder. "With the Osmo, we have created a camera specifically designed to capture a smooth moving image regardless of filming conditions."

Intelligent controls built into the handle make changing between shooting angles, capturing photos or recording video effortless.

Creators can view live images of what the camera captures, adjust camera settings and control smart filming functions including -

  • Panorama - Take a picture and the camera will automatically pan around 360 degrees, taking and stitching overlapping photos to create a panorama.

  • Long Exposure - Make handheld long-exposures crisp using the camera's stabilization technology

  • Slow Motion - Capture slow motion shots at 120 frames-per-second (fps) up to 1080p

Its onboard universal mount works together with an included smartphone holder in addition to other optional accessories including a tripod, a bike mount or an extension arm.

The Osmo handle comes equipped with an on-board stereo microphone, as well as a 3.5mm audio jack for recording professional-quality external sound.

"Traditional handheld cameras are either shaky, or require bulky stabilizers that are difficult to set up," said Paul Pan, DJI's Senior Product Manager. "The Osmo moves the experience of handheld filmmaking from capturing what happened, to sharing expressive, smooth video that shows what an experience was like."

The Osmo handle, which can be bought separately without a camera, is fully compatible with DJI's existing Zenmuse series, making it the perfect accessory for everyone who already owns an Inspire 1 with a Zenmuse X3, a Zenmuse X5 Pro or a Zenmuse X5 Raw.

The Osmo is available for pre-order at for USD 649 and GBP 549 and will begin shipping October 15. Additional Osmo accessories include -

  • Tripod - Place the Osmo securely on almost any surface.

  • Extension Rod - Reach out further for all new angles. Combine with the Tripod for added height.

  • Bike Mount - Lock the Osmo to your bike for a new kind of bike movie.

  • Universal Mount - Add extra microphone or LED light to your Osmo.

  • Straight Extension Arm - Mount two accessories to your Osmo at the same time.

About DJI

DJI is a global leader in developing and manufacturing innovative camera technology for commercial and recreational use. DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking more reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI's global operations currently span North America, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries; for applications in film, advertising, construction, fire fighting, farming, and many other industries.

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2.4 x 1.9 x 6.4 inches

(61.8 x 48.2 x 161.5 mm)

Weight (including battery)

201 g



Zenmuse X3


221 g

Output Power (with camera)

Static: 9 W; Dynamic: 11 W

Angular Vibration Range

+/- 0.03 degrees



Controllable Range

Tilt: -35 degrees to +135 degrees

Pan: +/- 320 degrees Roll: +/- 30 degrees

Mechanical Range

Tilt: -90 degrees to +150 degrees

Pan: +/- 330 degrees Roll: -50 degrees to +90 degrees

Max. Controllable Speed

120 degrees/s





Sony Exmor R CMOS; 1/2.3"

Effective pixel 12.40M

(Total pixel 12.76M)


94 degrees FOV 20mm

(35mm format equivalent)


ISO Range

100 - 3200 (video); 100 - 1600 (photo)

Electronic Shutter Speed

8 s - 1/8000 s

(up to 30 s when camera is on M mode)

Max. Image Size

4000 x 3000 pixels

Still Photography Modes

Single Shot

Photo Burst Mode: 3/5/7 shots

Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB):

3/5 bracketed frames @ 0.7EV bias


Auto Panorama

Selfie Panorama

Video Resolution

UHD: 4K(4096x2160) 24/25p
4K(3840x2160) 24/25/30p
 2.7K(2704 x 1520) 24/25/30p

FHD: 1920x1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p

HD: 1280x720 24/25/30/48/50/60p

Video Recording Modes

Auto; Slow Motion

Max. Video Bitrate

60 Mbps

Supported File Systems

Photo Formats

Video Formats

FAT32(</=32GB)exFAT (>32GB)


MP4/MOV (MPEG - 4 AVC/H.264)

Supported SD Cards

Micro SD; Max. Capacity: 64GB;

Class 10 or UHS - 1

Operating Temperature

32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 40 degrees Celsius)

Audio Output

Two channel, 48KHz; AAC

Wi-Fi Video Link

Operating Frequency

2.412 - 2.462 GHz; 5.180 - 5.805 GHz

Max. Transmission Distance

82 feet (25 m)

Transmitter Power (EIRP)

2.4G: 8 dBm; 5G: 12 dBm

Intelligent Battery


HB01 - 522365






980 mAh

10.8 Wh


Charging Temperature

59 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 40 degrees Celsius)

Operating Temperature

14 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit ( -10 to 50 degrees Celsius)

Battery Charger


SOY015A - 1260120


100 - 240V, 50/60Hz


12.6 V, 1.2 A