Over the summer, I had the opportunity to film the behind the scenes video for Elle Italia & Michael Sanders Studio, on their “Urban Cowgirl” photo shoot! You can check out the video on the Elle Italia Website. It was scorching couple days in NYC, but Michael Sanders and his team nailed it and the photos turned out fantastic!!
On a recent trip to Atlanta, I reconnected with an old college friend, Kevin Patrick, who is the owner of Exomotive. It’s a frigging awesome little company that sells kits to make exo-skeletal vehicles. These vehicles are super fun to drive and best of all, they are street legal. Exomotive has a very passionate fan base, many of whom have customized unique vehicles for the road and track.
Check out the video!
Disclaimer: I’m not sponsored nor affiliated with DJI in any way. I made this post and video just to share my thoughts on DJI Osmo.
So, if you’re trying to keep up to date on the latest devices, cameras or gadgets, you probably know that it’s pretty much a full time job. I try not to be a gear head or get too consumed with the latest camera or device. I try to do the best that I can with what I have or can reasonably rent. But when the DJI Osmo came out, it seemed to try to fill this void in the market that was yearning for innovation. 3 Axis gimbals are all the rage, these days. The market space is actually quite crowded between FreeFly Systems, Defy, DJI, and a whole plethora of other companies. But for most set ups you need a gimbal and a camera. And even if you get the cheapest setup possible, you’ll be spending at least $600 on the gimbal and say, at least $500-1200 on any decent camera. And on the high end, the sky is the limit. Say you have a Canon 5Dmk3 or Sony a7s1/2 with a pro lens and you want to capture some scratch audio. The gimbal to hold that weight is anywhere from $1200 to $4000 and the camera/lens combo is easily $4000.
So that’s where the Osmo comes in. At under $600, it pretty affordable for consumers and pro-sumers. It combines both the gimbal and camera into 1 unit.
Which version did I use?
I used the X3 camera with the Osmo. When I first purchased the Osmo, the X5 camera was out, but the adaptor was not yet available. But as I’m writing this post, the adaptor and X5 camera are both available on the DJI website.
How do I like the image quality?
Image quality pretty good, but not amazing. It’s no where near as good as a full frame dSLR, but that is to be expected for such a small sensor size. If you need some B-Roll or a quick 1-2 second “flying” shot, it’s ok. Plus, if you’re traveling, it can be a fun little toy to get some nice shots. I think the image quality is on par or better than a GoPro Hero 4K. Many of the experts out there say it’s clearly better than a GoPro. On an up-coming trip, I will probably use the Osmo to get some travel shots and to test it out some more in different scenarios.
Is it easy to use?
Once it’s turned on and everything is connected properly, I think it’s easy to use. You will need a phone with the DJI app. The DJI app can get a little finicky, but it works. When first using the Osmo, it takes a couple minutes to get the phone to connect to the Osmo. It’s not like flipping a switch. It can be used without a phone, but you have no real idea what the camera is capturing. To me, you really need a phone. But if you need it to work in a pinch or really quickly, it’s easier just to leave the camera and phone turned on, as opposed to turning it off and on again. But then that leads to having spare batteries.
How does the D-Log grade in post?
I had some trouble getting the colors to turn how I wanted, but this is the 1st test project that I’ve really done, so I just turned the images to B&W. If you look on YouTube, there are a ton of videos on the X3 camera and how it grades, as the X3 is the same camera on the DJI Inspire (Quad Copter). I will probably post additional test videos with varying degrees of grading color.
So here’s a quick test project video. It was shot at 1080p at 60fps, in D-Log. Originally, when I shot it, I thought that I might slow some of the footage in post, but decided not to. With that being the case, I probably should have shot this video in 4K. What do you think of the quality and/or the video itself? Please leave a comment below.