DJI launches the Osmo+ (Plus) with optical zoom

    DJI launched the latest version of the popular stabilized handheld camera also known as the Osmo. The latest release called the DJI Osmo+ (Plus) features a modified version of the Z3 gimbal and camera just recently launched for the Inspire 1. How is this Osmo+ different from the original Osmo? For one the new Osmo+ features a new 22-77mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens allowing a total of 7x zoom consisting of 3.5x optical zoom and 2x digital lossless zoom (the fine print for the lossless digital zoom; is when filming in 1080p). This means if you’re shooting in 4K you will be able to take advantage of the 3.5x optical zoom, just not the digital 2x zoom. The Osmo in comparison has a prime 20mm (35mm equivalent) lens with no optical zoom. As with most zoom lenses at the telephoto end, meaning the lens is zoomed in, there is less light able to enter the lens as when it’s wide open. On the Osmo+ this means F2.8 on the wide end and F5.2 on the telephoto end. The new X3 Zoom gimbal weighs 47grams (1.65oz) more than the normal non-zoom X3. The minimum focus distance has been moved down to 50cm (1.64ft) allowing for even better selfies and other close-up shots, both for photo and video. The sensor is the same in both Osmo models, the 1/2.3″ Sony Exmor R CMOS featuring 12.40M effective pixels. The Osmo+ has the new Zenmuse X3 Zoom gimbal, similar to the Z3 Zoom gimbal for the Inspire 1 and larger drones it supports the camera on both sides. The good news is it doesn’t affect the controllable range of the Osmo+. You will get the same -35° to +135° of Tilt, ±320° of Pan and ±30° of Roll that you got on the normal Osmo. Update: The new Zenmuse X3 Zoom Gimbal and Camera which ships on the Osmo+ is now available for existing DJI Osmo owners here. Interestingly the video resolutions are slightly different on the Osmo+ than the normal Osmo. 4K, UHD, 2.7K are the same, yet at 1080p the Osmo+ claims to only go up to 100p vs 120p on the Osmo. These faster fps (frames per second) settings are used for the slow motion feature. The Osmo+ also doesn’t list any 720p (1280 x 720) settings. These differences could of course, be brought out via a software update as the internals of the camera could essentially be the same. New OS1C11 Charger for the DJI Osmo+ (Plus) One bigger difference between the two models is the intelligent battery. The new Osmo+ comes with a (HB02-542465) “High Capacity Intelligent Battery”. This newer battery holds 1225mAh vs 980mAh in the normal (HB01-522365)...

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    DJI Osmo the handheld 4K Camera with 3 Axis gimbal is here
    Oct08

    DJI Osmo the handheld 4K Camera with 3 Axis gimbal is here

    The DJI Osmo, which is a standalone 4K camera with a 3-axis gimbal in a neat handheld package has arrived. One of the prototypes of this device was shown off at CES in January in Vegas. It has since been tweaked and changed quite a bit. To see the Osmo Unboxing and Sample Footage shot with the Osmo see the end of the article. What can this bad-boy do? First there are two parts to the Osmo. The camera and the handle. Let’s take a look at the camera first. The Osmo camera uses the Sony Exmor R CMOS 1/2.3” sensor we know and love from the Inspire 1’s camera. It will feature a non-fisheye warped lens similar to the Inspire 1’s X3. The Osmo X3 camera has been mechanically changed to be better suited for handheld use. I’m guessing that means a few measure to increase robustness and durability as the camera on the Osmo will get bumped harder and more frequently than on an aerial platform. The gimbal has also been modified. It enables the option to be locked and flattened. The orientation of the tilt motor was changed as well as other smaller changes. The settings for the gimbal and camera can be changed in the DJI GO App. Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 pilots know this app from flying their drones. In the app, you will be able to change the gimbal settings/profiles, follow modes and control stick settings. If you already own an Inspire 1 you will be able to use your Inspire 1’s X3 camera and gimbal with the Osmo. The X3 camera from the Osmo is also compatible with the Inspire 1. Pricing and availability of the Handle only are TBA. The Inspire 1 camera will need a firmware update through the DJI GO App and then it will be ready for use. The smartphone doesn’t have to be mounted in the mobile mount on the handle. It can be operated from anywhere up to 25m (82 ft) from the device. A fully charged battery will get you 60 minutes of footage or 6 hours of standby time. The included battery charger will charge the battery in another 60 minutes. The device is not waterproof. You get an ISO range of 100-3200 for video and 100-1600 for photos. Shutter Speed settings range from 8s – 1/8000s. You can also capture exposures up to 30seconds while the camera is in M (Manuel) mode. The image size will be 4000×3000 pixels. The normal photo modes are available such as: Single Shot Burst mode (3/5/7 shots) AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) 3/5 bracketed frames Interval Timelapse Auto Panorama (where...

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    DJI teases Us with Reimagine Movement Event
    Oct07

    DJI teases Us with Reimagine Movement Event

                            Update: The DJI OSMO is now available! Get your own here. And there it is a new teaser on the DJI website. Reimagine Movement the text reads with a colorful lens mount sort of graphic in the background. What will get released and when? The when is easy to answer: London: Thursday, October 8 – 5:45 pm China: Friday, October 9 – 12:45 am Los Angeles: Thursday, October 8 – 9:45 am The “what” is of course harder to say but here’s what we know: DJI just received a new trademark for the “OSMO” on Sept. 17th. It is listed for various keywords some including Camera gimbals; handheld camera gimbals; camera mounting devices; support devices for camera stabilization; devices for gyro stabilization; pan tilt head; gimbal head; We will most likely see a version of the DJI handheld gimbal for the Inspire’s X3 camera which was introduced at CES in January, which we still haven’t seen ship yet, but adapted to include its own camera so even non-Inspire 1 owners can get smooth stable gimbal supported video. On a popular VLOG the host claimed to have been sent a camera from DJI and is seen laying on the counter of his house. DJI of course has a video for the event which you can checkout here: Redefine Creativity – October 8th 2015 Watch this video on YouTube. The video teases with phrases such as: What we seek to capture and what we are moved to create is born from an undeniable vision to not only transform but to redefine 10.8.15 If you noticed it as well, all footage shown in the video is taken from the ground, so no aerial footage was shot. This is one fact which strengthens the theory of the handheld gimbal camera. We can only hope the price is below $6-800. This will be a popular item during holidays this year, that is for sure. Stay tuned for Updates to this Story...

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