DJI, the maker of Phantom drones, has introduced a stabilized handheld 4K video system that uses a gimbal head to produce smooth video footage. The DJI Osmo is a handle-mount with a 3-axis head that senses movement and cancels out sudden jerks and bumps to ensure the camera moves slowly and the footage looks professional.

The handle is provided in a kit with the Zenmuse X3 camera, but is also compatible with the company’s X5 Micro Four Thirds model via an adapter. Movement and modes are controlled via a series of thumb buttons on the handle, and panoramas can be created automatically by the head moving in a pre-determined sweep motion.

The Osmo comes fitted with a camera that records with a 12.4MP 1/2.3in Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor which is capable of shooting stills as well as 4K and HD movie. In 4K shooting the camera has modes for 24, 25 and 30fps, and in HD mode it can shoot slow motion footage at 120fps. The camera can be controlled via a smartphone loaded with the DJI Go app, which also allows footage to be viewed as it is recorded.

As well as stabilizing the camera for movies DJI claims the gimbal head is good for hand-held long exposures in still shooting mode, allowing shutter speeds of beyond two seconds with practice.

The Osmo is equipped with a 3.5mm microphone jack for external audio recording, and is compatible with a range of accessories to attach it to vehicles and bikes, as well as extension rods and brackets. The DJI Osmo costs £549/$649 complete with the Zenmuse X3 camera. For more information visit the DJI website.