January 3rd, 2016
David in Washington asks:
Is it possible to put the DJI OSMO on a 20 ft pole to get a more aerial view of a house and not use a drone? Has anyone tried it and have some video results? I know you can buy 3 ft extension but I want to get higher. I sometimes use a painters pole with my go pro and thought maybe it would work with the OSMO.
Probably possible – not sure why not! The iPhone holder unscrews from the side and you can screw in pretty much anything (just a regular tripod screw size). I’m sure something can be jury rigged – the thing really isn’t very heavy and it is controlled by the phone so as long as you have the wifi connection, you can see what you’re doing.
There are several OSMO groups on Facebook (DJI OSMO Owners Group) and (DJI OSMO Community) and I’ve seen some pretty goofy rigs people have thrown together …. for everyone who’s OSMO didn’t get bricked this with the recent firmware update (lots of people have to send them in to be repaired!).
This should be totally doable. I scrounged up some miscellaneous light stand accessories I had laying around to see if I could accomplish the same thing. (Note: The photo above shows how Jim was able to attach the OSMO to a light stand with a few miscellaneous light stand parts).
So it should be possible. The benefit would be that you could get some low altitude video of homes without flying a UAS but of course, video from a pole would not look as good as it would if it were shot from a UAS. Sort of a UAS on a pole.
Has anyone out there tried this?