Stop shopping right now! Move your index finger away from your keyboard. Put that credit card away (for the moment). I am excited to report that I have identified the perfect tech gift for that aspiring filmmaker or prosumer in your life.
Are you ready…?
Steadicam in Your Pocket
Made by DJI, it’s an unbelievably ultra-compact 3-axis stabilized handheld camera. Think of a Steadicam in the palm of your hand… a mini-gimbal with a build-in camera.
“What’s a gimbal,” you ask?
It’s a stabilization system that literally eliminates all of the shake and bounce in your hand when you’re shooting video. And if you’re wondering, mechanical stabilization is always better than electronic stabilization.
By eliminating all of the shake as you move through your shots, you will instantly create professional-looking scenes that will bring your home videography to a whole new level.
The Osmo Pocket has just been released, and it goes for $349.00.
Yep, Amazon Prime has it.
You can operate this Osmo via its tiny touchscreen, or you can attach it to your smartphone to create a larger viewfinder and to access advanced functionality.
No, the Osmo Pocket is not exactly inexpensive, but for a 4K video camera that will get you buttery-smooth cinematic shots at 60 FPS and also easily fits into your pocket… $349 feels like a pretty reasonable price.
The Osmo Pocket has an onboard microphone, but you will also be able to buy an optional 3.5mm adapter if you want to plug in a separate mic.
There are also other a la carte choices like ND filters, a wireless module, extension rod and waterproof case.
The Wow Factor
Sure, there are other gimbals out there. DJI makes several other Osmos.
But the Osmo Pocket is so small and unobtrusive, it opens up many more use scenarios. That can be a real game changer…
Remember how remarkable drones used to seem before they became a dime a dozen? Yep… This is like that. But the Osmo Pocket won’t crash (unless you drop it).
The Osmo Pocket also snaps photos, but that’s not really the primary use for this little device.
Feeling Like a Kid Again
I used to marvel at Steadicam technology. It was something only big-budget productions could afford. Then, more affordable gimbals hit the independent filmmaker/corporate video market, and I rejoiced at having regular access to these wonderful tools in my work.
Now, the democratization of this tech is complete. Everyone at home can own a pocket gimbal!
(It’s kind of remarkable…)
Sure, it’s not cheap, but over time, the price points will inevitably drop.
I mentioned the Osmo Pocket to several colleagues who are into camera tech, and they all experienced a Pavlovian response.
Heck, I think I’m drooling as I type this!
I say If you’re a prosumer interested in video and filmmaking gear, this is absolutely the coolest new device out there.
I remember asking some friends last month about the must-have gift of the season. They couldn’t think of one. How boring that would have been.
This is clearly a head turner.
Thank you, Osmo Pocket for putting some twinkle back into holiday shopping lists for tech geeks!