The DJI Osmo Series: The Future of Filmmaking

The DJI Osmo Series: The Future of Filmmaking

October 12, 2016

The DJI Osmo Series: The Future of Filmmaking

With the DJI Osmo anyone can have the power to create high-quality, cinematic footage in the palm of their hands. The Osmo series, a line of combined handheld gimbal and camera units, gives users the ability to create footage that is big screen quality, in an easy-to-use portable device.

The 3-Axis gimbal system works to actively eliminate any unwanted movement, therefore giving the camera an extremely smooth and stable range of motion. The Osmo's smooth-track technology is designed to anticipate exactly how the camera is moving and will automatically adjust to any movement in the environment.


With a Smartphone users can monitor and record their footage via the DJI Go app and control camera settings including ISO, shutter speed and focus. The Osmo also includes many different shooting modes including long exposure, timelapse, and panorama. The system is even fully customizable and upgradeable as the line comes with a wide range of accessories to change the system depending on what you are looking to shoot.

The full line of Osmo's to date include the original DJI Osmo, Osmo Pro, Osmo+, Osmo RAW, and the Osmo Mobile, each eliminating shakiness and making it easier than ever for anyone to capture professional, Hollywood-level footage.


The DJI Osmo is the original Osmo that combines a fully stabilized 4K camera with a 3-Axis gimbal. The Osmo comes with the Zenmuse X3 camera, a camera that has 4K 12 megapixel quality, and an optical zoom lens. This version of the Osmo also features different shooting modes including slow motion, timelapse, and panorama.

With a mobile device operators can use their phone as a monitor or controller to handle the camera and its settings including ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and focus via a Wi-Fi connection. Users will also have plenty of time to shoot as the Osmo has approximately an hour of shooting time.

The 3-Axis gimbal makes footage extremely smooth and stabilized and has a range of 320 degrees, a tilt of 35, and can pan or tilt at a rate of 120 degrees per second.

For what the system delivers in quality and control, the DJI Osmo is a well-rounded filmmaking tool that eliminates shakiness at a fair price point.


The DJI Osmo Pro comes with the same handheld gimbal system, but with a major upgrade. The Pro is equipped with the Zenmuse X5 camera, the same camera that comes with the Inspire 1 Pro.

The Zenmuse X5 is a Micro Four Thirds camera that comes with a 15 mm f1.7 lens that is also interchangeable. The camera can shoot fully stabilized 4K 1080p video and 16 megapixel stills.

The Osmo Pro features remote camera control through a Smartphone connected through Wi-Fi, and users can control setting via the DJI Go App. Through the app, camera setting including shutter speed, ISO, focus and aperture can be adjusted as well as movement of the camera. With the handle operators can also control the motor speed and tilt of the camera. The Osmo also features approximately 1 hour of shooting time and can automatically enter sleep mode after a set time has passed to save battery life.

Overall the Osmo 1 Pro comes with one of the best cameras currently available on the market, and paired with the 3-Axis gimbal, the Osmo 1 Pro system is a great choice for any hobbyist or professional.

The DJI Osmo+

The DJI Osmo+ is DJI's first handheld camera system with an integrated zoom camera to give users even more freedom to capture the shot they envision.

The Osmo+ is equipped with the Zenmuse Z3 camera and comes with the 3-Axis gimbal for ultra-smooth shooting. The camera has a 7x zoom capability when shooting in 1080p, and 3.5x zoom when shooting in all other resolutions. The Osmo+ can also shoot in 4k HD quality, and shoot 12 megapixel stills.

Like the other Osmos, the Osmo+'s camera settings can be controlled via a mobile device as well as used as a monitor. The system also features a wide range of camera settings including timelapse, panorama, slow motion, and long exposure.

All together, the Osmo+ is a camera system that can get up-close and personal to the subject without sacrificing quality or stability.


The DJI Osmo Mobile features DJI's innovative handheld stabilization technology, but substitutes the DJI camera for the users personal mobile device to turn any phone into a professional filmmaking tool.

The Osmo Mobile features a 3-Axis gimbal to eliminate any shakiness or active movement for extremely smooth and steady footage compared to holding the phone by hand.

Any phone between 6.2 (L) x 3.1 (W) inches can be attached to the Osmo Mobile. Once a phone is attached the phone can be connected via the DJI Go app through a Wi-Fi connection.

The handle gives users full control of the gimbal so while you are walking you can control the direction your phone is shooting. Users can also switch between front and forward facing camera positions, and the system comes with various shooting modes including timelapse, panorama and slow motion.

The Osmo Mobile can shoot for 4 and a half hours, giving shooters plenty of time to get the shot they want, and overall the Osmo Mobile is an innovative system that can turn anyones Smartphone into a filmmaking powerhouse.


The DJI Osmo Raw combines the innovative Osmo stabilization system with the Zenmuse X5R camera to make a camera system that is capable of creating movie-quality footage.

The camera itself is a Micro Four Thirds camera that features uncompressed 4K video footage, 16 megapixel stills and a 15mm f.1.7 lens that is interchangeable. The X5R records CinemaDNG files and offers a D-Log mode for extra colour correction options.

The Zenmuse X5R camera is fully stabilized thanks to the Osmo's 3-Axis gimbal, and comes with a variety of shooting modes including timelapse and slow motion. Through the handle users can pan and tilt the camera, and through the DJI Go App, camera settings can also be adjusted.

The Osmo Raw only has under 30 minutes of shooting time, but its battery life can be extended with extra batteries or a battery charging hub.

If you are looking for a system that can deliver the highest quality, fully stabilized footage in the palm of your hand, the Osmo Raw is the perfect piece of equipment to add to your tool kit.


DJI enables users to customize their Osmo with a variety of tools and accessories to make the system one of the most flexible filmmaking tools on the market. Each accessory can expand the functionality of the Osmo, and users can choose from a wide variety of different products including, extension rods, filters, tripods and mounts.


For those looking to up their audio game, DJI has designed microphones that can be plugged into the front of the gimbal handle. The DJI FlexiMic can be plugged into the Osmo's external microphone input to give users high quality, clear audio. Another option is the Rode VideoMicro On-Camera HyperCardioid Microphone, designed to reduce surrounding sounds and focus on the audio that is being picked up in front of the camera. Additionally, users can plug in any other microphones of their choosing outside of the DJI line.  


The Osmo can come along for the ride when equipped with DJI's range of mounts that can keep the camera steady whether on a surface, mounted on a car, or attached to a bike. The DJI Triple Mount Base features three powerful suction cups on its base to securely mount the Osmo to any smooth surface including the roof of a car.

The Osmo Bike Mount can securely attach the Osmo to a bike for stable moving footage. There is even a mount that can enable users to add an extra microphone or light to their Osmo, called the Universal Mount.  


Users can achieve the exact lighting they are aiming for thanks to an attachable light that can be added to the Osmo system. The Manfrotto Lumie Art LED Light is a compact, easy to attach light that can improve lighting in a variety of situations whether you are conducting an interview or taking a still photo.


If approximately an hour of shooting time isn't enough time to get the shot, DJI offers different intelligent batteries that can extend the Osmo's battery life. The Osmo Intelligent Battery is a battery designed specifically for the Osmo to give users more shooting time. The Osmo External Battery Extender is another useful add-on to expand the life of the Osmo and is ideal when shooting a timelapse.


When trying to extend the distance your camera can reach, an extension rod can easily be attached to the Osmo to give users a farther reach. The Osmo Extension Rod can be attached to the Osmo to give operators more freedom to shoot from higher reaching angles. Attached to the Tripod the extension rod can have a stable base to hold the Osmo system in place to capture shots at a higher vantage point.


If the Osmo's 3-Axis stability isn't enough, the Osmo Z-Axis can significantly reduce vertical shaking from arm movement while walking or running, and make video footage even smoother than it was before. The Z-Axis features a shock-absorber, a knob that can control the spring tension, and a tilt angle adjust button.


To turn the Osmo into a sedentary filmmaking tool that is secure on almost any surface, the Osmo Tripod is the perfect tool. As an added bonus the tripod is easily portable and can be combined with the extension rod for easy timelapses.


The DJI Osmo series is the perfect handheld camera that offers highly stabilized 4K HD video in the palm of your hands. The system gives operators many options to upgrade and customize the system as well, to capture the exact shot you want. With shooting modes including timelapse and panorama, the Osmo is the ultimate go-to camera system that can be easily thrown in a bag and taken wherever the action may be.