Drone-maker DJI impressed us with its portable Osmo action camera released last year. The hand-held 4K shooter on a stick comes with a three-axis stabilizing gimbal, making for lovely smooth shots free of the shakes and wobbles that can bring otherwise killer actioncam footage undone. DJI has now returned with the second generation dubbed the Osmo+, which includes an integrated zoom lens along with a few other minor improvements.
In light of its successes in the aerial cinematography world through its immensely popular drones, DJI's thinking behind the original Osmo was to bring its stable-shooting prowess back down to Earth. It first did this with the Ronin back in 2014, a stabilizing rig that can accommodate bulky setups weighing as much as 7.3 kg (16 lb), but the fact is that most non-professionals simply don't need to lug that much camera around.
Like the first iteration, the Osmo+ comes with DJI's X3 attached, which is essentially the same camera featured on its Inspire One drone repurposed for hand-held shooting. But now users will be able to close in on the action, with an integrated 7x digital zoom, 3.5x optical zoom and 2x digital lossless zoom when shooting in 1080p.
4K is shot at 30 fps, 1080p at 100 fps for slow motion captures, while stills are taken at 12 megapixels in Adobe DNG Raw format. DJI says it has also improved the stabilization technology for the Osmo+ for even smoother shots than before.
Something we noticed with the original Osmo was the very poor sound recorded through the built-in mic. Since our review last year DJI has moved to address this problem, launching an external FlexiMic that it gives away for free to all Osmo owners, an offer that will extend to owners of the shiny new Osmo+.
Another new feature of the Osmo+ is motion time-lapses, that is, the ability to record regular time-lapses but with camera shifting its orientation over the duration of the capture. This can be done by tapping the beginning and end recording points on an attached smartphone within the DJI Go app, which doubles as viewfinder.
The Osmo+ is available now through DJI's website and is priced at US$649.