LEAKED PHOTOS OF AN OSMO WITH A 4TH AXIS HAVE BEEN FOUND. IS IT AN OSMO 2? PROBABLY NOT.

With all the Phantom 4 rumors floating around, things are looking interesting for DJI. We know that on March 4th at 11 AM, DJI will be holding a press event in New York. We also know that there will be a major product announcement (most likely the Phantom 4 Tomato). What we don’t know is if they plan on announcing anything else.

Could DJI be announcing an Osmo 2? Probably not, but based on some leaked photos we found from earlier this month, the original Osmo could be getting a major upgrade in the future. On February 6th, a few photos from China started circulating through the internet. These photos appear to be from a video crew testing out some secret DJI tech at the Guangzhou Spring Festival in China. Based on what others are saying and what it looks like to me, there appears to be an Osmo 4th axis attachment in development.

CAN YOU SEE IT?

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WHAT DOES 4TH AXIS MEAN

Typically, cameras found on brushless gimbals like the Osmo are stabilized by 3 independent motors. Each motor is used for stabilizing a different rotational axis of movement. When all 3 motors are active, the rotational movement of the camera will be fully stabilized, however linear movement such as moving up and down is not stabilized.

When you aren’t walking, 3 axis stabilization works perfectly, but as soon as you start walking forward, you’ll notice that the video footage will bounce up and down (similar to the camera bobbing effect when walking in a first person shooter game). This is when a 4th axis of stabilization comes in. Basically, it will help make your videos look less bouncy when you’re walking around.

IS 4TH AXIS STABILIZATION WORTH IT?

If you’re extremely good at walking without bobbing up and down, you could technically achieve the same effect of a 4th axis stabilizer, but you would have to walk very slowly which isn’t always ideal.

There are actually a few 4th axis options available for the DJI Ronin and Ronin M, but they typically cost just as much or more than the Ronin M itself. They do perform extremely well though. This is why a low cost 4th axis option for the Osmo would be an interesting idea, especially if you could use it with the more expensive DJI X5R camera.

IS THIS THE OSMO 2?

No, this is not the Osmo 2, but it could be a useful attachment for the Osmo you already own. So far, there is no real info on the Osmo 2, but I wouldn’t expect to see another Osmo until late 2016. Hopefully, when the Osmo 2 does come out, they will improve the audio quality.

Want to see the effects of a 4th axis on the Ronin M? Check out this video of the Jockey 4th axis stabilizer.