InspirePilots Academy Photography and Videography Workshop

Just want to say a huge thank you for those who came to participate in this workshop. I truly enjoyed myself and also hope that the new friendship that has been forged will continue to grow and the passion for photography and videography will also continue to blossom.

I do encourage all of us to bring our questions and suggestions to:

Innovating My Stories

These are some of the photos that I capture today, what about you?

 

Full Sized photos can be downloaded from :  http://victorgo.dyndns.org/gallery3/index.php/Inspire-Pilots-PV-Workshop

First Impression with the OSMO

The image below shows the OSMO mounted with the X3 camera from Inspire 1, the LED lights from Manfrotto and the RODE Stereo Video Mic.

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After waiting for almost half a year, DJI finally release the Handle Kit @ US$219. I did not want to get the OSMO full kit as I already own the DJI Inspire 1 which comes with the X3 camera (98% Same camera that comes with OSMO full kit).

First impression of the handle:

1) Feels comfortable to grip and well designed.
2) The joysticks and the buttons are well positioned and easy to reach even for asian’s hand.
3) X3 Camera can be mounted easily but cannot be locked in position like the OSMO X3.

Battery:

1) The batter is rather small, and it takes about 1hr to charge it from empty to full.
2) From experience, with a mixture of downloading photos and short videos plus video recording, the battery lasted about 40min.
3) The batteries are light and does fit into pants pockets easily. So can take a few with you if you are on tour. Recommend to bring at least 3 batteries out if you are looking for some serious shooting.

Overall usage:

1) I find it quite a hassle to switch on the OSMO and then have to link the phone to the OSMO wifi. Only after doing this, then you can launch the DJI Go app to connect to the camera. The whole process takes about 1min to complete. If you suddenly see something interesting and want to shoot immediately can frustrate you quite a bit.
2) If you have a big phone like iPhone Plus and Samsung S5 and etc, the weight can be a bit unbalanced. Thus causing some discomfort.
3) the 4K Video quality is good under good lightings. For night video, an external lights is strongly recommended.
4) Package is small and almost weightless, so it is a joy to bring around to shoot.
5) The 3 axis stabilisation is very good. However, you need to learn how to walk and hand hold the OSMO properly to prevent the “Bopping” effect.
6) OSMO build in Mic is very bad. It records the sound and vibration of the X3 fan. Unless the external audio is very loud, you can’t really record a decent audio with the build in Mic. Audio is great with I used the Rode Stereo Mic.

Recommended Accessories:

1) Universal Mount
2) Extension Arm
3) Extension Rod
4) External Mic
5) External LED lightings.

Conclusion:

The OSMO makes great sense if you want to journal your trip when you travel. It records very decent 4K video and the the 12MP still photos are also decent. You can capture photos in RAW format. After mastering the handling techniques, the OSMO is capable to produce very profession videos. DJI Go app also comes with simple video editing templates to allow you to shoot –> download –> edit –> share very quickly through your mobile phone. The cost is less then owning a 3 axis handheld gimbal plus a Gopro 4 Black, and also easier to maintain. OSMO just have to charge one battery, while the Gopro options requires you to charge 2 different batteries. Gopro 4 black battery life is also significantly shorter then OSMO. Live view on Gopro 4 via mobile device is more laggy then OSMO.

Wish list:
I really hope DJI will find a way for OSMO stream live footages onto big screen via lightbridge or some other ways.

Below is my first trial footages with OSMO during the GBTB Volunteers orientation.

If you guys is interested in trying out the OSMO, there is a course conducted by a RP Lecturer on videography.

http://www.inspirepilots.sg/photography-and-videography-workshops/innovating-my-stories/

Photography and Videography Workshop

We are proud to announce that InspirePilots Academy is going to conduct our inaugural workshop for Photography and Videography.  During this workshop, you will get to experience the OSMO and Ronin-M, and to learn tips on photography and videography that are taught by experienced instructors in this field.

Furthermore, you will receive additional perks and discounts if you purchase the equipment during the workshop.

For more details, please check out http://www.inspirepilots.sg/photography-and-videography-workshops/innovating-my-stories/

InspirePilots Academy is powered by RP Innovations SG.

Inspire 1 new firmware update – Follow Me function added

A new firmware for the Inspire 1 update to add follow me feature to the Inspire 1.

NEWS2015-12-07

A new firmware update (V1.5.0.30.) is now available for the Inspire 1. Please visit http://www.dji.com/product/inspire-1/info#downloads to download and update your Inspire 1.

Overview:

  • All-in-One Firmware version updated to v1.5.0.30.
  • DJI GO app iOS version updated to v2.4.2.
  • DJI GO app Android version updated to v2.4.2.

What’s New:

1. Fixed battery level fluctuation issue.

2. The X3 gimbal on the Inspire 1 is now compatible with the Osmo. Note that you must attach X3 gimbal to the Inspire 1 before updating the firmware. Do not attach X3 gimbal to the Osmo to update the firmware.

3. Follow Me feature now supported in Intelligent Flight Mode.

4. Optimized HDR performance.

5. Adjusted video storage rate to 60 Mbps at 1080p60, and 40 Mbps at 1080p30.

6. Added a feature to smooth the pitch, roll and yaw movement of the X3 gimbal from the DJI GO app.

7. Enforced read-only access for the data in the flight recorder.

8. Optimized sampling methods for the Vision Position System to improve its stability.

 Notes:

1. Hibernation and gimbal protection is not supported on the Inspire 1 X3 gimbal.

2. Battery firmware is included in this All-in-One firmware update. Update all Intelligent Flight Batteries by using this firmware.

3.The firmware can only be downgraded to v1.4.10 or later.

4.Calibrate the Inspire 1 X3 gimbal when using it on the Osmo for the first time.

5.Only use Inspire 1 aircraft to update the Inspire 1 X3 gimbal. Do not use this firmware to update the Osmo gimbal.

 

http://www.dji.com/newsroom/news/a-new-firmware-update-v1-5-0-30-is-now-available-for-inspire-1

DJI Changes the Ronin M battery to reduce weight

New DJI Ronin M battery
New DJI Ronin M battery

 

DJI just announced that all new ronin m will come with a half sized battery x 2 in an attempt to reduce the weight of the handheld gimbal.

Personally I think that is a good move, the current battery last forever when the gimbal is balanced properly. So by reducing the weight, it definitely will enhanced the user experience.

Check out : http://www.dji.com/info/releases/dji-ronin-m

 

 

DJI introduced OSMO

DJI introduce the new hand held 4K camera at an affordable price. Estimated retailing in SG at $960.

Fully stabilized 4K, 12Mp camera optimized for ground use
Tripod-free long exposures
Remote camera control
Ergonomic, secure grip
Suite of accessories including bike & car mount, tripod, extension stick and phone mount

I will be bringing in some units to try, if you are keen to try or place an order please let me know. Pre-orders with full payment will enjoy some discounts. 🙂