Toying with DJI’s Osmo

I’ve been eyeing one of the small 3-axis gimbals that are on the market. I currently have a GoPro, so options like the Feiyu G3 received a small portion of my research foray. I also looked at the DJI Osmo—and ultimately purchased one.

The shot that inspired me to get such a device was this:

A video posted by @heavymetalconcepts on

Having just gotten back from documenting an epic cross-country trip with our overland group Peach State Overland, issues and wants from the trip were fresh in my mind and grabbing quick and smooth shots like these would have improved the production value greatly.

So far my qualm’s with the Osmo are battery life and the bobbing movement that persists. The latter is unavoidable unless you get DJI’s new Z-axis that, like a Steadicam, isolates the camera from the natural movement in a person’s gate while walking. But despite these minor short comings, I’ve been very impressed with the quality and ease of use of the device. There are some other suggested accessories:

  • Additional batteries, at least three, so you can cycle them out while one is charging.
  • Some ND filters so you can lock down your shutter speed in bright sunlight.
  • A Rode VideoMicro mic and the DJI Quick Release 360 Mount for the well-documented issue of motor noise during recording.

I put together a quick video the other day as a test, enjoy!

Toying with DJI’s Osmo from Kevin Keegan on Vimeo.


Here’s another quick vid of a quick ride through some forest service roads over Mother’s day weekend.