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DJI launches new $650 4K handheld steadicam to make your movies as smooth as Hollywood’s

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DJI might be best known in consumer circles for its drones, but the company has announced a new integrated camera and handheld stabilizer designed to make your footage as smooth as a pro’s.

Rather than design a fixed single-purpose unit, the Osmo comes with a 12-megapixel 4K camera but is also compatible with DJI’s Zenmuse cameras. The Osmo camera has 1/2.3″ sensor and a 94° field-of-view lens.

“With the Osmo, we have created a camera specifically designed to capture a smooth moving image regardless of filming conditions,” DJI’s CEO and founder Frank Wang said.

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Controls built into the handle of the mount allow you to quickly change shooting angles, adjust settings and control ‘smart’ functions like panorama mode (the camera auto-pans 360° and stitches the images together for you), a long exposure mode and a slow motion setting that captures at 120 frames-per-second (fps) at a resolution of up to 1080p.

The handle also contains an integrated stereo mic, as well as a 3.5mm audio jack for professional audio capture.

Alongside the mount and camera, there’s a range of accessories that work with the Osmo, including a tripod, extension rod, bike mount, a straight arm extension for mounting two accessories to the Osmo at once and a universal mount that allows you to add a mic or LED light.

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If the handle sounds appealing, but you already have a Zenmuse X3, a Zenmuse X5 Pro or a Zenmuse X5 Raw, DJI says you’ll be able to buy the handle on its own, but hasn’t provided a standalone price as yet.

The full Osmo unit is available to pre-order from now priced at $649/£549 and will start shipping on October 15.

Published October 8, 2015 — 16:30 UTC

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