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Apr 12, 2001

Drone manufacturer DJI today launched the Osmo+ camera, the company's first handheld gimbal with an integrated zoom camera that delivers "unprecedented stability and image quality for handheld still photography and video creation." DJI's new gimbal system is compatible with iOS and the DJI GO app [Direct Link] and packs in technology that the company compares similarly to its new Zenmuse Z3 zoom camera used in the Inspire 1 drone.


DJI's Osmo+ has a 7x zoom consisting of 3.5× optical and 2× digital lossless zoom when shooting with 1080p. These specs give the system a focal length ranging from 22mm to 77mm, all "without sacrificing HD quality," allowing for motion timelapse shots, advanced stabilization, and a powerful camera with the ability of capturing 4K/30fps video and 1080p/100fps in slow motion.
"The Osmo+ opens up entirely new capabilities for creators who love the Osmo's ability to deliver crisp, sharp and detailed handheld imagery," said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager. "From action selfies to detailed panoramas to motion timelapses, the zoom features of the new Osmo+ once again expand the capabilities of handheld photography to push the limits of the imagination."
Users can extend the arm of the Osmo+ to take advantage of a "moving selfies" feature, which takes crisp front-facing action shots after a quick triple tap of the trigger button. The camera also takes detailed panorama shots that blend nine separate photos into one, and long exposure photographs without the need for a tripod, thanks to its advanced stabilization ability.


DJI is selling the Osmo+ for $649.00 on its website, with a collection of accessories including a bike mount ($49.00) and universal mount ($25.00), to add extra equipment like a microphone or LED light to the camera.

The company also offers a warranty plan for the Osmo+, called Osmo Shield ($65), which doubles the device's warranty to two years with "unlimited maintenance (conditions apply) and one-time only accidental hardware damage coverage, including water damage." For more detailed specs of DJI's new Osmo+ camera system, check out the company's official website.

Article Link: DJI Launches iPhone-Compatible Osmo+ Handheld Gimbal Camera With Up to 7x Zoom


macrumors 68030
Jan 15, 2016
Not a complete fan of the design, but this looks like a little bit of fun. Accessories that attach to the iPhone which extend its capabilities are good and keep things fresh.


Moderator emeritus
Sep 8, 2010
I can see this being useful for a somewhat professional or serious amateur photographer. But for someone like me who doesn't take many photos as it is, it’s a bit pricey. But it would be cool to have nonetheless.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 6, 2010
I've got the original Osmo (without the zoom) and it is pretty awesome, but it's not rugged and in fact quite cumbersome if you want to move about a bit, which is the point of this kind of gimbal.

Good points are:
The Lens gives a great FOV wither less distortion than the current GoPro Hero 4.
The image Quality is great for most uses.
The Gimbal is really effective, though not perfect. Great with a bit of practice.

Not so good.
Sound quality is awful - you really need an external mic/recorder setup.
Battery is pants - get at least one extra.
Accessories are a bit pricey.
Not as portable as it seems.

The FOV was the reason for getting this for me, but I think once the GoPro Hero 5 comes out with the rumoured distortion correction I might go for that, simply for the rugged 'Take anywhere' nature of a GoPro. If you're shooting an Osmo, then plan your shoots - if you're shooting Go Pro then just bring it along whatever.

Loads of good things about the Osmo, but this version seems relatively expensive if it's only to gain a zoom.


macrumors 68040
Jan 28, 2008
Vancouver, BC
DJI is killing it.
I bought myself the Phantom last month and am blown away by all the different inhouse tech that they've perfected - flight controller, Lightbridge, gimbal, camera, iOS app... all work perfectly together.

Filmmaker friend of mine bought the Ronin and we played around with it last week. Also incredible.

The amount of polish on their products is amazing. Reminds me a bit of Steve Jobs' Apple.
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Dec 6, 2012
What is the iphone needed for if the camera and everything is on this toy? I am missing something but then I just use my nikon SLR when I want good pictures. and that was a little more pricy than this contraption.


macrumors regular
Aug 2, 2005
The price is way too high. For close to the same price, you could get a DSLR which would take far superior images. Larger lens = better pics. Not all about chip size.

Michael Scrip

macrumors 604
Mar 4, 2011
I rented an Osmo for a weekend to shoot some behind the scenes type stuff. It did a great job of stabilizing the footage... but it was a bit of a pain for my use.

Since I wasn't shooting with the Osmo all the time... switching between it and my Canon 70D for other shots... I had to reconnect the iPhone to the Osmo over WIFI every time I wanted to use it. That got annoying after a while.

I'm glad I rented the Osmo to find out that it is not something I want to own.

Instead... I've got my eye on a smartphone gimbal like this:

These things are less than half the price of the Osmo... and you get similar stabilized shots.
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macrumors 68040
Feb 11, 2012
Florida, USA
This is really awesome till you look at the price and just buy the whole drone lol.
The drone is two grand. And it's a hassle to walk around with a drone or to mount it on your bike.

One use for the Osmo is to take ground level footage that you can edit together with drone footage with similar settings and quality.
The price is way too high. For close to the same price, you could get a DSLR which would take far superior images. Larger lens = better pics. Not all about chip size.
For that price a DSLR would not include a 3-axis gimbal. Video footage from the DSLR would not come close to the buttery smooth clips from the osmo. You might be able to do motion time lapse with the DSLR, a kitchen timer, and some duct tape, but it would not be convenient.


macrumors 6502
Sep 28, 2006
The price is way too high. For close to the same price, you could get a DSLR which would take far superior images. Larger lens = better pics. Not all about chip size.

I think you meant that with a DSLR, you would have better chances of taking a far superior image. Larger lens does not equate to better pics. But, alas, we agree on something ... it's not all about chip size. Which makes your post contradicting.

Anyway, this looks cool but way too pricey compared to other options out there.

Michael Scrip

macrumors 604
Mar 4, 2011
To everyone saying "why not get ______ camera instead..."

You realize the Osmo is a camera AND a 3-axis gimbal solution... right?

Look... there's no argument that a DSLR will provide much better video quality than the tiny sensor in the Osmo.

But you're not gonna get the stabilization unless you also buy a 3-axis gimbal for a DSLR. And it's the stabilization that's the main point here.

There are quite a few 3-axis gimbals for DSLRs:

Came-TV Optimus
Zhiyun Crane
Pilotfly H2

If you have a DSLR and one of those gimbals... then I can see the comparison to the Osmo.

But saying "why not buy a DSLR instead" makes no sense.
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