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A High-Tech Selfie Stick for Serious Filmmakers

Andrew LaSane

The DJI Osmo is a handheld camera with features that put other devices' to shame. Much more than a selfie stick, the gadget has a 3-axis gimbal stabilizing a mounted Zenmuse X3 camera, which is capable of shooting high quality video at various frame rates (including ultra high definition video at 30 frames per second, and full HD video at both 60 frames per second and 120 frames per second). As demonstrated in the introductory video above, the DJI Osmo performs like larger film production rigs, allowing the photographer to move the camera—and even run—as much as he or she needs, without producing shaky, unwatchable footage. 

The DJI Osmo does not have a built-in LCD screen for essential selfie moments, although there is a dock and a mobile app for smartphone integration. Buttons on the handle allow for motorized tilting and panning, and there's also a 360-degree autopan mode. So while extending the reach of the camera as you would with a selfie stick isn't an option, large groups of friends can still fit in a single shot.