What is the DJI Osmo Plus?
The camera consists of a handle that is shaped to fit neatly in the hand with a trigger on the front side for use with one finger and to the rear of that are some basic controls neatly positioned for use with your thumb as you hold the handle. The trigger responds to commands based on how many times you press it. For example if you want to centre the camera you press it two times quickly. If you want to talk directly into the camera for a Vlog you press the trigger three times and it spins around to selfie mode. Just make sure you hold the Osmo as far away from you as possible and remember to tap to focus on your face. Where do you tap? Well to the left of the handle at the same level as the trigger is a cradle for your smart phone. You need to load up the DJI GO app which is available in iOS and Android flavours and also make sure you are connected to the Osmo via Wi-Fi. Within the app you have complete control over the main settings as well was swapping between stills and video, setting your resolution and frame rate, setting up timelapse modes for still or motion as well as focus assistance and more. The zoom functionality is also available within the viewfinder on your smartphone screen. You can use the Osmo without the smart phone but you have no way of telling what you have in frame or if you are in focus, so it is not recommended. However sometimes it can’t be helped, especially on a busy show floor at a major event like CES with so much Wi-Fi traffic that your connection is lost at times. Being a semi-professional camera the requirements placed on it will be very different from a normal consumer video camera. As such there will be differing use cases for the stabilised video depending on the type of production it is being used for. For all the various uses and features the DJI website does a decent job of highlighting the most used and useful uses.
The Osmo+ is a weird looking camcorder and it certainly draws attention to itself when used on a busy show floor. We used two of these cameras and accessories to help us capture video for our CES 2017 coverage. The cameras and accessories were provided by broadcast specialist retailer CVP and on their advice we put together two separate rigs for 'run and gun' style video making. This requires each rig to be light and easy to assemble with all day battery life and good quality video and audio. This review is based entirely on our use of the units at CES 2017 and more recently at the Bristol Sound and Vision Show and various press trips.
DJI Osmo+ Video Review
Our main review is in video form here where we go through the set up, the two rigs we used as well as sample footage from those events and some 4K clips. To get the most out of this review please watch the video in full.
- Excellent 4K images in good lighting
- Light weight and easy to use in 'run & gun' shooting
- Audio input for external mic
- Good battery life which can be extended successfully for long shoots
- Low light is a challenge
- No audio monitoring or headphone connection
- Full rig setup can be unwieldy
- Can lose Wi-Fi connection on busy show floors
DJI Osmo+ Gimbal Camera Video Review
In bright outdoors surroundings or well-lit rooms and convention areas the image quality was very good and it managed to hold focus well. Images had a nice amount of depth and detail with decent shadows and highlights. However as soon as you get out of the good light, the Osmo Plus really starts to struggle. The image starts to get noisy as you push higher ISO settings to try and keep things visible in shot and the focus starts to wander. Images can quickly become flat and lifeless and full of digital grain and noise, even in normal living rooms with decent grey daylight coming in the windows. As such you really need to figure out where you are going to use the Osmo Plus the most, what the environments are like for lighting and just forget about using it at night under street lighting. Some footage we captured in the Hi-Fi rooms was so bad it never saw the light of day and was deleted. For the Bristol Show and press trips following that event, we added a small LED light to the Osmo rig and this has really helped in most difficult situations. In the darkest of demo rooms it may still struggle slightly, but using the small light means we don’t need to dump the footage if the content is interesting. Just adding some external lighting to bad environments can improve your 'run and gun' video making on show floors without adding too much extra weight. The issue with a busy Wi-Fi environment and losing the connection is one we have only encountered at CES and we managed to work around it. We have not found any other solution to this issue yet.
Plus we haven’t even mentioned the excellent photographic features like long exposure shots while handheld and motion timelapse – along with really great accessories like the extension arm and tripod which can add even more flexibility to your production values.
So in conclusion, with everything covered in the video review and within this write up, we can give the DJI Osmo+ our recommendation for 'run and gun' video making, and for capturing your own family events with incredible smooth moving video in the right light. It adds something positive to your video making toolbox that would normally cost far more than the sum of the parts here. We have no plans to stop using the Osmo+ for our video making here at AVForums.
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