Drone maker DJI launched the Osmo+ camera, the company’s first handheld gimbal with an integrated zoom camera that delivers ‘unprecedented stability and picture quality for handheld still photography and video creation.’ It comes with a new camera which allows for 3.5x optical zoom and up to 7x digital zoom. The new Osmo is on sale starting for $649.
DJI states that this new camera is ‘similar to, but not interchangeable with, the new Zenmuse Z3 zoom camera’ that’s compatible with the Inspire 1 drone. Senior Product Manager Paul Pan said, ‘The Osmo+ opens up entirely new capabilities for the creators who love the Osmo’s ability to deliver crisp, sharp, and detailed handheld imagery.’ The Osmo+ camera can capture 4K video at the 30fps and 1080p video at 100fps, or 12-megapixel raw stills.
Along with the zoom capabilities, DJI added a Motion Timelapse opt. Instead of the static timelapse clips you can capture with other cameras, the Osmo+ lets you capture the passing of time while the camera tilts and pans through a scene.
Other features of the Osmo+ include 9 photo in-camera stitched panoramas, a motion time-lapse function, and the all-too-important ‘moving selfie’ mode. The Osmo+ is also compatible with the DJI GO app and a host of accessories such as a bike mount and extension rod.
DJI has also bumped up the battery capacity on the Osmo+. The new model has a 1,225mAh battery — a welcome step up from the 980mAh version that found on the original Osmo. A more curious difference, though, is that the highest frame rate the Osmo+ can shoot 100 frames per second, according to DJI’s official spec sheet. That’s 20 fewer than the first Osmo.