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DJI Reinvents the Selfie Stick With the Osmo

DJI is best known for its popular Phantom line of drones. But they are branching out in an unexpected direction: selfie sticks. The new selfie stick is called the Osmo with a built-in swiveling 4K camera and sophisticated stabilization, it's an all-purpose tool for people who want cinematic imagery but don't want to spring for a serious DSLR or camcorder.

The Osmo shares a lot of DNA with the Phantom drones because it uses a similar gimbal system for stabilizing footage shot from the air. On the ground, the system lets you shoot smooth footage at a variety of frame rates, or set it down to take a time lapse. And because the camera turns around (you can lock its orientation or adjust it with controls on the handle) the Osmo makes for a heck of a selfie stick as well.

  • 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor
  • 4K (4096 x 2160) Video at 24 or 25p
  • 120 fps Full HD Video for Slow-Motion
  • 12MP JPEG or DNG RAW Sill Photos
  • Handle with Camera and Gimbal Controls
  • Wi-Fi For Monitoring / Remote Operation
  • Detachable Mobile Device Holder
  • Photos Bursts at up to 7 Shots
  • Regular and Moving Time-Lapse Modes
  • Auto and Selfie Panorama Modes
The camera system is basically a sleek handheld stabilizer that comes standard with the Inspire 1’s X3 camera, which packs a 1/2.3-inch Sony Exmor R sensor with an ISO range of 100-1600 (100-3200 for video), a 20mm (35mm equiv.) lens with a 94° field of view, and DNG support.

You can also choose to buy the grip for a new X5 camera if you’d like a Micro Four Thirds sensor and mount.

But how do you view your footage live? By using your own smartphone and installing their app, this acts as the camera's display and provides more in-depth settings, connecting wirelessly up to 25 feet away.

The Osmo is certainly more expensive than your average selfie stick at $650. You're getting a high-tech stabilization system and a 4K video camera. Osmo is available to buy now at Amazon, B&H Photo and DJI.

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