Vlogging Steadicam: DJI OSMO Review

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What’s the best steadicam for vlogging?

It’s no secret, I’m a fan of Casey Neistat. He’s smart, engaging, and a great filmmaker – Youtuber.

Last year he unboxed the OSMO steadicam and did a few minutes on it in his vlog called VLOGGING CAMERA FROM THE FUTURE.

The steadicam is from DJI who makes drone copters. It’s the DJI OSMO Handheld 4k Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal.

If you are looking for an all-in-one steadicam for your vlogging this is an excellent option.

The DJI OSMO steadicam has all the technology you need right out of the box and can make it easy to get your vlogs uploaded pretty seamlessly.


The benefits of vlogging with a steadicam are – super steady shotscinematic qualityno more bumpy video rides for the viewer, and no processing edits needed to smooth out your video.

And, take the DJI Osmo steadicam to a music festival, wedding, concert, or anywhere there are a ton of people around and you are likely to get asked to shoot pro videos … so stock up on business cards 🙂

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The DJI Osmo specs:

Ergonomic Handle: Use the handle to control your camera… with start/stop button and a shutter button, panning, tilting and hand held operations.

DJI GO App: Remotely operate the gimbal and view a live feed using the GO App for iOS and Android.Tether your mobile device up to 85′.

Detachable Mobile Device Holder: Use your smartphone as a monitor to view a live image – streamed via Wi-Fi – from the camera.

3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer: Three motors serve to stabilize the camera and move it manually in relation to the handle by using the handle’s joystick or app. Pan the camera over a 320° range, tilt down 35°, and up 135°. Pan or tilt at a rate of up to 120° per second

Panorama Mode: Shooting 360° panoramas by holding the Osmo up above your head and tap a button. The camera will rotate, capturing images as it goes while staying completely level.

Time-Lapse Recording: Create smooth time lapse videos automatically and without a tripod.

Tripod-Free Long Exposures: The stabilization system in the Osmo keeps the camera almost totally still so you can capture stills of up to 2 seconds long.

Audio Recording: An integrated microphone allows on board audio recording. A standard 3.5mm port is also available for you to record with your own mic.

Photo Modes

  • Single Shot
  • Photo Burst Mode: 3/5/7 shots
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB)
  • Interval
  • Regular Time-lapse
  • Moving Time-lapse
  • Auto Panorama
  • Selfie Panorama

Battery: The handle provides an enclosure for a removable battery. Most users say the battery has a short life… so pick up a few extras.best vlogging steadicam, vlogging steadicam, casey neistats vlog,

Intelligent Sleep Mode: The OSMO automatically goes into sleep mode after a set amount of time to keep your battery charged and your gear working longer.

Video Resolutions and Framerates
4096 x 2160 (DCI): 24p, 25p
3840 x 2160 (UHD): 24p, 25p, 30p

FHD (1080p):
1920 x 1080: 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p, 120p

HD (720p):
1280 x 720: 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p

Maximum Bitrate: 60 Mb/s


The few negative comments this camera receives:

  • App is hard to connect to at first…
  • If you are taking videos of fast moving action double check to make sure you’ll get what you need to get the shots. The rate of catching action may be a little slow for your needs.
  • Battery life is short… pick up a few extra batteries.

The verdict… if you are in the market for a new vlogging camera and aren’t sure what to get… or if you want to pick up a steadicam all in one unit, the DJI OSMO has more pros than cons.

It gets great reveiws on both Amazon and B&H.

You’ll get cinematic quality video for your blog right out of the box.

Other Reviews:

Endgadget says: This may be DJI’s first attempt at making a hand-held gimbal, but it’s already by far one of the best, if not the best, solutions in the current market. Great stabilization, intuitive software and comfortable grip make this a fun, complete package.



Check out the DJI OSMO 4K Camera… follow Casey’s Vlog… and make professional looking vlogs with the vlog camera of the future… tomorrow.

References: Amazon Endgadget B&H

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