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You Be The Judge: DJI OSMO vs Yuneec GoPro Steady Grip?

Now that DJI has released its long awaited OSMO hand held stabilizer and various online media outlets have posted hands-on demo footage, from what we’ve seen so far, what’s your opinion of the ease-of-use and the quality of the video footage generated from the OSMO as compared to Yuneec’s Steady Grip equipped with a GoPro Hero 4 Silver camera?

In case you’re not familiar with these units, I’ll attempt to give you the most basic of descriptions:

Both models are considered to be handheld stabilizers that use a video camera and a handheld stabilizer to deliver smoother video footage than most users could achieve by simply hand-holding a camera. Both operate on batteries to power the gimbal mechanism and both have the capability of delivering 4K video.

In terms of form factors, the OSMO takes the shape of a selfie stick on steroids. It’s loaded with bells and whistles that allows for multiple camera positions at the press of a button and operates on a proprietary rechargeable battery. DJI is currently taking orders for three models ranging in price from $650 to $2,200.

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DJI OSMO: Courtesy DJI

Yuneec’s Steady Grip features a grip-style form factor and allows for usage with multiple cameras including Yuneec’s proprietary CGO series of HD and 4K cameras as well as GoPro’s Hero 4 cameras.  It’s difficult to place an exact price on the Steady Grip as it’s included with various Typhoon quad copters and the gimbal can be easily transferred between the Typhoon copter and the Steady Grip. The model used in this video was included in Yuneec’s Typhoon G quad copter that retails for $900 sans camera. The GoPro Hero 4 Silver sells for $400 and is sold in retailers worldwide. It operates on eight AA-sized batteries and a rechargeable model has been announced, but no specific pricing and shipping dates have been confirmed.

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Yuneec Steady Grip with GoPro Hero Silver: VideosByAndy

One point of contention is that many DJI Inspire 1 owners initially believed that the OSMO would be fully compatible with the camera included with the Inspire 1. Personally, I was under the belief that the camera could be removed from the Inspire 1 and attached to the OSMO allowing current owners to have the ability to have both an air and ground solution for smooth, matching video by simply purchasing the OSMO.

While there was some initial confusion over compatibility of the existing Inspire 1 camera with the OSMO as well as the fact that DJI is initially shipping the OSMO with a different, possibly non-compatible camera, it appears that current Inspire 1 owners are left in the dark and are a bit miffed by DJI’s decision not to initially offer an OSMO version that’s fully compatible with their existing cameras. If I sound a bit confused by this, it’s because I am confused by this!

While DJI is now stating this will change in the future, I guess we’ll have to wait and see about this and I’m sure the dust will settle soon. But in my personal opinion, DJI is continuing on the path of making promises to its most loyal customers and letting them down when the facts are revealed. I’m not sure how many cycles DJI can continue this pattern of disappointment and misinformation and I think it’s safe to say that DJI still has quite a way to go in the public relations arena. Based on various Facebook forums I’ve been monitoring, the excitement for this long awaited and somewhat delayed unit seemed to go from high to low to frustrated, very quickly. This is not the first time that DJI has delivered disappointing expectations and we can only hope that at some point, they will upgrade its method of communication to its most loyal customers.

Making matters even more confusing, it seems that the DJI Employees who are tasked with communicating on the forums have delivered conflicting information online. This is a real head-scratcher for me.

I’lll add that in the fast and furious world of consumer quad copters, the manufacturers seem to be making promises that have a pattern of ending in frustration. DJI is not alone in this situation as 3DR had numerous issues and delays in delivering its proprietary gimbal system to early adopters of its Solo quad copter platform.

With that said, let’s take a moment to check out two blogger reviews of DJI’s OSMO and pay close attention to the video quality shown in these reports. Then compare the results with a video I composed last week in multiple locations in Colorado using Yuneec’s currently available Steady Grip/GoPro combination. I’ll add, when viewing, it’s probably a good idea to make sure the video is playing back in HD and in full screen view.

Here’s the DJI OSMO overview from Ben Popkin of The Verge:

Here’s a video overview of the DJI OSMO from Tested:

And, here’s the video overview I posted last week of Yuneec’s Steady Grip/GoPro combination:

So, what are your thoughts on these two models. Feel free to post your comments here or on your favorite Facebook user group forum.

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