Newly launched Osmo Selfie Stick takes top-notch photos by incorporating drone technology, according to experts.
The device was created by DJI, a Chinese technology company which is also the world leader in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones. The wide range of products that the firm normally distributes includes flying cameras, platforms and controllers used for aerial photography and videography.
For example, DJI has been behind the iconic Phantom series of quadcopers, which have become wildly popular among drone enthusiasts as a result of unprecedented accessibility, consumer-friendly appearance and state-of-the-art quality.
Now, it appears that the tech giant is now jumping on the selfie bandwagon, in order to take advantage of the growing prevalence of this trend. Osmo’s main selling point is its superb camera stabilization, which allows the device to take incredibly high-quality photos.
The battery-powered gadget is approximately 6.5 inches long, and it has an integrated 3-Axis Gimbal stabilizer. It weighs just 201 grams, due to the fact that it’s made of plastic and aluminium.
Its 12-megapixel Zenmuse X3 camera has a 1/2.3-inch sensor and a 94-degree lens which can record 4K Ultra HD videos. Footage ca be captured at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second, and there is also a slow-motion functionality which records full-HD clips at 120 frames per second.
The Osmo works while being gripped in 3 different ways: as a smartphone, as a flashlight and as a shopping bag. When the user taps the device once, the camera locks position and focuses in a certain direction, and as the user taps twice the handheld widget changes focus, by turning to another point in the horizon.
Three taps allow the photographer to take selfies, as the camera spins to face the user. Photos can be shot individually or in bursts, and there is also a panorama mode which captures 8 shots and combines them into a single 360-degree image.
The gadget requires the DJI Go app, but there’s no need to connect it to a tablet or smartphone via USB cable. As the camera broadcasts its live feed, users can get a Wi-FI signal on their smartphones, at distances of up to 25 feet.
This way, they can control the camera from afar, and even change its settings or orientation. The device also comes equipped with a microSD card, and battery life extends for 60 minutes of 4K video, or 360 minutes of standby.
The Osmo, which promises to become the ultimate selfie stick, comes at a price tag of $649 and will begin shipping in less than a week, on October 15. DJI’s objective is to revolutionize and democratize this industry, just like it has done with aerial imagery.
The innovative device aims to bring 4K videos and top-notch stabilization to amateur and professional photographers, even if they live on a shoestring budget. It is even possible to purchase just the stick, without paying for the actual camera, provided that the potential buyer already has one of DJI’s Zenmuse devices built specifically for aerial photography.
Image Source: Osmo