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Creating a fluid and stable shot is essential to a lot of our work.

We have used different methods of stabilisation over the years which mechanically isolates the operator’s movement, allowing for a smooth shot, even when the camera moves over an irregular surface. Big innovations have been motorised gimbals which electrically stabilise the movement in real time.

Simply put, a gimbal is a pivot point that allows rotation along a single axis. Combine three separate gimbals to allow rotation along three different axes and you have a 3-axis gimbal — and an excellent tool for achieving silky-smooth, handheld video.

In the never-ending quest to achieve smooth handheld video, a wide variety of techniques have been employed, from counterweighted poles to vest mounted articulating arms. The ultimate of these attempts has proven to be the 3-axis gimbal. If that terminology doesn’t resonate, think gyroscope. Most of us are familiar with the concept of a gyroscope from our years in elementary and high school. These devices are used in ballistic missile navigational guidance systems and as stabilizers for such things as the Hubble telescope and ocean vessels. Thankfully, they have found their way into the video production world to provide exceptional stabilization for non-stationary video. Of course, by non-stationary video, we mean video that has been captured while standing, walking, running, flying, moving up and down stairs and over all sorts of rough terrain.

These gimbals can be quite big and become heavy to the operator without using a support rig this can make costs rack up.

This is why the new DJI Osmo raw excites us as its incredibly small, lightweight and cost effective but still provides very high quality images.

DJI has had several iterations of this product previously but the quality has always disappointed us and not proved worth for our needs but this provides a real solution.


DJI has announced an update to its Osmo 3-axis gimbal system – with new accessories and power-management to support more cameras, including its Zenmuse X5R Micro Four-Thirds model

If you’re yearning to shoot high quality, stable 4K video it looks like it might be about to get easier – especially if you’re a DJI fan.

Using the same impressive technology the aerial-specialist company debuted last month for its Inspire 1 drone, DJI’s announced updates to its nifty Osmo stabilizer handle will add support for more of its camera line. This includes DJI’s flagship camera the Zenmuse X5R, in the hopes of making shooting cinematic-quality 4K easier than ever. The update has been dubbed the Osmo RAW.

The Zenmuse X5R is billed as ‘the world’s smallest, lossless 4K camera optimised for aerial imaging’ – though it’s still quite impressive on the ground. It features interchangeable lenses, 12.8 stops of dynamic range, ISO ranging from 100 to 25,600 and still-image resolution of 16MP. It records CinemaDNG files, and offers a new D-LOG mode with more colour correction options for your post-production needs.

According to DJI, the X5R will attach to the Osmo handle via an adaptor and store video on a removable 512GB SSD. Users will be able to control pan, tilt, focus and aperture through the DJI GO app, as well as on the Osmo RAW’s thumb stick and optional Focus unit.

Also to be available for the Osmo system is a support for the Micro Four-Thirds X5 camera and gimbal, this time called the Osmo Pro. It’ll use the same adaptor as the X5R.

Alongside these announcements, DJI has said it plans to release more power-management options alongside the Osmo RAW, including a higher capacity battery that promises to increase 4K shoot time for power users.

While we don’t yet have any info on pricing or availability just yet, DJI promises they’ll be announced soon.

We were pretty impressed with the Osmo when we got our hands on it towards the end of last year, so we’re looking forward to seeing how well the new options will perform.

You can check out our hands-on review (including video!) of the original Osmo here.


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