November 22nd, 2015
Back in October I did a post on the introduction of the DJI OSMO. Just recently both Jim Barnes and Fred Light shared some of their real estate video done with the OSMO. Here are their videos:
Here are Jim’s comments on the DJI OSMO:
First let me say, I normally shoot real estate video with a Canon C100 / Movi 5 / Ninja Blade recorder. This combo can get really heavy so I bought the Osmo to help fill in for some outdoor shots. I routinely edit 4k footage from the Phantom P3 and Inspire so I already knew what I was in for and understand the Osmo’s camera’s limitation regarding dynamic range etc.
I decided to take Osmo along on a recent photo shoot for a lower priced listing as an experiment. (Out of the box)
The good: Osmo is very fun and you can get shots not attainable with any other system. With some practice, creativity and discipline, Osmo can do wonders. Evenly lit scenes are pretty good. Did I say this is fun?
The bad: Osmo is terrible at handling high-contrast scenes that we normally run into shooting real estate videos. Window blowout is unacceptable. I had a real problem maintaining horizontal roll access to maintain verticles. I had to spend extra time in post to correct for this issue. Shooting in 4K with final output to 1080P gives the editor lots of extra latitude but still complicates the post production workflow.
What I learned: Turning off the tilt function in the app helps. You can also fine-tune the horizontal axis in the DJI app.
Here is my first attempt (FYI we got this home in contract in 1 day!)
Here are Fred’s comments on the DJI OSMO:
This thing is a ton of fun and definitely opens up possibilities for some interesting angles… (I use it a lot mounted on my car). The quality is good outside, but as with most camera like this (and GoPro, etc.), it falls apart inside with low light. And as we know, many people live in pseudo caves with one 40 watt bulb in a nightstand lamp as the only light source in a bedroom. I’ve even noticed it falling apart outside on cloudy days. Bright light? Awesome. The video is also a little ‘crisp’ for me, sort of like the GH4, but definitely workable. It oftentimes looks very over sharpened. They just added a couple of log settings which may reduce that a bit.
This video someone did is a perfect example of the super sharp (and I find annoying) crispness of the image.
It’s not going to replace my regular inside gear at the point, but I’m definitely using it for certain things.
Thanks to Fred and Jim for the examples and insights.