Choosing a DJI OSMO Gimbal
The DJI OSMO Gimbal is a handheld stabilizer device that can be fitted with a smartphone or 4K-capable camera for capturing video and stills. Known for their light weight, low cost, and excellent performance, gimbal-mounted cameras are capable of professional-quality videography.
What Is a 3-Axis DJI OSMO Gimbal?
A 3-axis gimbal is a device that allows a camera to continue to point in the same direction even though its support moves left or right, up and down, or backward and forward. Using tiny motors and a gyroscopic inertia-sensing device, the battery-powered gimbal largely eliminates the effects of camera movement caused by walking, riding, or driving a vehicle. The DJI OSMO combines the capabilities of a smartphone, video camera, and 3-axis gimbal into a compact solution that performs well.
How to Use an OSMO Gimbal
Depending on the model chosen, DJI handheld gimbals use a smartphone or DJI Zenmuse camera to capture video. A smartphone monitors filming, and controls the various functions of the camera, such as panning, tilting, and object tracking, using DJI's mobile app that's available on Android and iOS. Apart from video, it's also possible to capture still and even 360-degree photographs.
A 3-axis gimbal does a good job of stabilizing the platform, helping reduce erratic movement and jerking. With practice, it's possible to produce smooth and steady footage using a gimbal-mounted camera.
Each OSMO has a vertical handle that supports the gimbal-mounted camera. Smartphone gimbals use an internal rechargeable battery, while those with Zenmuse cameras use intelligent removable batteries. A wide selection of DJI OSMO batteries and power adapters ensure adequate power and battery capacity.
Accessories for Gimbal Stabilizers
The basic gimbal performs well in normal handheld use, and a range of DJI OSMO mounts and brackets extends its capability. Extension sticks elevate cameras for overhead shots, while a selection of bases and tripods allow you to place your OSMO gimbal on a flat surface or on the ground. There are spring-mounted extension arms to help reduce vertical shake when running and jogging. Other mounts fasten gimbals to bike frames, handlebars, or cars. Supplementary DJI miscellaneous OSMO accessories include carrying cases, lens filters, microphones, and handwheels for focus control.
If you're frustrated trying to film videos while on the move, invest in a DJI OSMO gimbal from B&H Photo and Video and experience firsthand the ability of a 3-axis gimbal to steady your camera.