DJI’s Osmo camera gimbals use the latest stabilization technology to allow users to record smooth footage. Now, with so many models on the market, it can be hard to select the best one. That’s why we have compared the crucial specifications so that you determine which one to buy, whether you are a professional photographer/filmmaker, a camera enthusiast, or simply want to record stable footage with your smartphone.

Design

Don’t think Osmo’s are some overhyped selfie-stick. The devices are stabilized camera gimbals that can record high-quality footage without being affected by bumps, vibrations, or other motion. They incorporate the best technology available to create the most stable footage. This is achieved by their 3-axis gimbal that effectively counteracts all forms of motion.

The Osmo, Osmo+, Osmo Pro, and Osmo Raw all come equipped with a Zenmuse camera. On the other hand, the Osmo Mobile and Osmo Mobile 2 are designed to be incorporated with your smartphone and do not include a camera.

Which Camera Does Each Osmo Have?

Each Osmo (except the Osmo Mobile devices) comes equipped with a Zenmuse camera. The Osmo and Osmo+ make use of the Zenmuse X3 while the Osmo Pro and Raw are equipped with the Zenmuse X5 and Zenmuse X5R respectively. Obviously, we have left out the Osmo Mobile because its camera is whatever your smartphone has.

 ModelCamera
OsmoZenmuse X3
Osmo+Zenmuse X3
Osmo ProZenmuse X5
Osmo RawZenmuse X5R
Osmo MobileNA
Osmo Mobile 2NA

We will go into more depth about these cameras’ specifications shortly.

Video Definition And Frame Rate

All the Osmo cameras can record in ultra-high definition. The higher the frame rate, the higher the video quality. You can see below the different frame rates for each mode.

 Model4K (max fps)2.7K (max fps)1080p (max fps)960p (max fps)720p (max fps)
Osmo3030100NA60
Osmo+3030100NANA
Osmo Pro30NA100NANA
Osmo Raw30NA100NANA
Osmo MobileNANANANANA
Osmo Mobile 2NANANANANA

There is not a lot of difference here. Each model can record 4K at 30fps and the lower definition 1080p at 100fps.

+1 for the Osmo

+1 for the Osmo+

+1 for the Osmo Pro

+1 for the Osmo Raw

Snapping Photos

The more megapixels a camera has, the better its photos will turn out. A megapixel is one million pixels, and these pixels are tiny squares of data that define images. The more pixels you have the shaper and clearer the photo.

As you can see below the Osmo and Osmo+ have 12 megapixels while the Osmo Pro and Raw have 16 megapixels.

 ModelMegapixels
Osmo12
Osmo+12
Osmo Pro16
Osmo Raw16

You should also note that Zenmuse cameras are equipped with a burst mode function. This allows photos to be taken in rapid succession, which is handy when trying to shoot a moving subject. The Zenmuse X3, X5, and X5R can all take up to seven frames/photos per second when in burst mode.

Overall the Osmo Pro and Raw are the clear winners with 16-megapixel cameras.

+1 for the Osmo Pro

+1 for the Osmo Raw

Sensor Size

The Osmo Pro and Raw each have 4/3 CMOS sensors while the Osmo and Osmo+ have 1/2.3” CMOS sensors. What does this mean? Well, that the Osmo Pro and Raw have bigger sensors. This is a good thing because the bigger the sensor, the greater the depth of field. Wider photos can also be taken, and bigger sensors often operate more effectively when shooting in low-light conditions.

+1 for the Osmo Pro

+1 for the Osmo Raw

Lens Options

The Osmo and Osmo+ have a Zenmuse X3 camera which comes equipped with a standard 20mm lens. The Osmo Pro and Raw’s Zenmuse X5 and Zenmuse X5R cameras allow users to select a lens. Some of the different options are shown in the table below.

Lens TypeMaximum ApertureCompatibility
Olympus 45mm Lens1:1.8X5R
Olympus EZ 14-42mm Lens1:3.5 (wide) / 1:5.6 (tele)X5R
Olympus 25mm Lens1:1.8X5R
Olympus 17mm M.ZUIKO Digital Lens1:1.8X5R
Olympus 12mm f2 M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED Lens1:2.0X5, X5R
DJI MFT 15mm Lens1:1.6X5, X5R
Panasonic Lumix 15mm1:1.7X5

The lens focal length is shown by the number in millimeters. This determines the zoom possible. If there are two numbers, then the camera can be set to any point within that range.

We have also given you the figures for each lenses’ maximum aperture. This reading determines how much light a lens can take in. The higher the number, the lower the amount of light that can be stored in the lens and vice versa. This is important information to know if you plan to shoot in low light conditions.

Being able to select among different lenses gives photographers a greater array of options. It would be a bit limiting being stuck with the Zenmuse X3’s single default lens.

+1 for the Osmo Pro

+1 for the Osmo Raw

Video Stabilisation Gimbals

This is the main reason to purchase an Osmo. The stabilization gimbal allows users to capture flawless video. If your hands are shaking, you’re in a moving vehicle or are riding a bike then the device will compensate for this motion to prevent it from affecting your video footage.

Now there are no major differences between each device’s gimbal. They all function pretty much the same. The only minor difference is the angles of rotation. These are shown below.

 ModelTiltPanRoll
Osmo-35° to +135°±320°±30°
Osmo+-35° to +135°±320°±30°
Osmo Pro-90° to +30°±320°±40°
Osmo Raw-90°to +30°±320°±40°
Osmo Mobile-125° to +35°±150°±25°
Osmo Mobile 2±155°±160°NA

These differences are pretty minor which makes it hard to select an overall winner in this category. Each gimbal can rotate effectively and provides excellent camera stabilization, so we will give each device a point.

+1 for the Osmo

+1 for the Osmo+

+1 for the Osmo Pro

+1 for the Osmo Raw

+1 for the Osmo Mobile

+1 for the Osmo Mobile 2

Weight

The weights of each Osmo are shown below. This shouldn’t play to much of a factor as each device is pretty light overall. If you are going to be hiking long distances with your Osmo, then this may be something to keep in mind. However, we don’t think it is too big of a deal for the typical user. Still, it always pays to know as much as possible.

 ModelGimbal Weight (grams)Handle (including battery) Weight (grams)Total (grams)
Osmo221201422
Osmo+268201469
Osmo Pro526201727
Osmo Raw583201784
Osmo Mobile300201501
Osmo Mobile 2NANA485

Price

The approximate prices are listed below. These prices are for Osmo devices without any accessories. To see the latest prices check Amazon yourself.

At the time of writing the Osmo Mobile 2 is yet to be released. However, its release price is believed to be around $130.

 ModelApproximate PriceCheck Current Price
Osmo$450
Osmo+$590
Osmo Mobile$200
Osmo Mobile 2$130
Osmo Pro$2,000
Osmo Raw$2,200

The Osmo Mobile 2 is expected to be the cheapest device.

+1 for the Osmo Mobile 2

Accessories

If you check out Amazon, you will see a range of accessories available for the Osmo. We have shown some of the more useful ones in the table below.

 ModelApproximate PriceCheck Current Price
DJI Osmo Tripod$50
DJI Osmo Car Mount$80
Ofeely Osmo Bike Mount$50
DJI Osmo Extension Stick$50
SKYREAT 4 Slots Osmo Battery Charger$40

What are the Major Differences Between the Osmo Mobile and Osmo Mobile 2?

First up is the battery life. The original Osmo Mobile uses a 980 mAh battery while the Osmo Mobile 2 comes equipped with a 2600 mAh battery. This gives the Osmo Mobile 2 up to 15 hours of battery life while the original only has around four hours.

The Osmo Mobile 2 also allows users to mount their smartphone in either landscape or portrait orientation. The original only allows for landscape orientation. Furthurmore, many users have found that the Osmo Mobile 2’s controls are slightly easier to use than those of the original.

It’s looking like the Osmo Mobile 2 is going to be significantly better than the original. However, as it hasn’t been released yet it still remains to be seen whether it will live up to the hype.

Overall Score

Check out the results below. As you can see the Osmo Pro and Raw come in first.

ModelTotal Score
Osmo2 (Video, Gimbal)
Osmo+2 (Video, Gimbal)
Osmo Mobile1 (Gimbal)
Osmo Mobile 22 (Gimbal, Price)
Osmo Pro5 (Video, Gimbal, Sensor Size, Megapixels, Lens Options)
Osmo Raw5 (Video, Gimbal, Sensor Size, Megapixels, Lens Options)

Which is Best?

It is a tie between the Osmo Pro and Osmo Raw. Their cameras have the most megapixels, the biggest sensors, and a range of different lens options. Of course, they are significantly more expensive.

If you want to record video and take photos to near professional quality, then we recommend getting the Osmo Pro or Raw. If not then you should get the cheaper Osmo or Osmo+. Remember, they can still record 4K video at 30fps and take 12-megapixel still-shots. They also incorporate excellent stabilization technology.

What About the Osmo Mobile and Osmo Mobile 2?

If you have a smartphone with a top of the line camera, then your best option may be to get an Osmo Mobile 2 when it is released in early March 2018. It is looking like it will be a noticeable improvement over the Osmo Mobile and is also expected to have a low price tag of around $130.

You will be able to take advantage of the device’s video stabilization abilities without having to deal with the price tag of the other models. There is no point paying extra for a Zenmuse camera if you are happy just filming with the one on your phone.