We all know the original Osmo used the Zenmuse X3 camera. It’s not a bad camera, but when compared to DJI’s other offerings, it’s getting a bit stale. 12MP sensor with 4K recording. Thank god the audio issue was fixed along with the battery life through firmware updates.
Now compare those specs with the Phantom 4 Pro and the X4S off the Inspire 2. A one-inch 20MP sensor with a mechanical shutter. The ability to record 4K at 60p. You’re stepping into the realm of DSLR and mirrorless cameras without the cost. Though, can we get a better tripod setup for the Osmo 2? I’m not the only one thinking it.
Add in the ability to use the X5S on a new Osmo and you have a winner. The Osmo Mobile is perfect for vloggers, but the Osmo itself is great for B-roll footage for those same vloggers. Especially if DJI brings it current with their flagships drones in terms of camera specs.
It’s pure speculation, but last year we saw price cuts across the board for the Inspire and Phantom 3 series. We ended the year with Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2. A $30 price cut doesn’t grab headlines, but dropping it towards the $500 mark does start to open up room for a new unit.
What do you think? Do we need a new Osmo or has it cannibalized the market with the Osmo Mobile? It also has a deal going on where you get a free base and extra battery. That deal seems to go on forever, and it relies on a smartphone to be the camera. No real need to update it.