As the video on smartphones gets ever better, the continually improving optics and processing unfortunately show up the flaws – the shake, rattle and roll of our hand-held filming – more starkly, meaning that, paradoxically, the videos we make become jerkier and more amateurish. Sure, the latest phones have digital stabilisation, but it’s not great.
A few years back, the pioneering Chinese drone maker DJI invented much better gimbal-based stabilisation for drones, which ensures incredible stability even when they’re flying in a substantial gusty wind. DJI went on to position itself as a leading drone-camera maker, buying a majority stake in Hasselblad. And it has since incorporated its technology into earthbound-camera stabilisation handles so that even the cack‑handed can make almost magically smooth videos in portrait or landscape mode, whether they’re walking, running, skiing or in a car or boat. I recently shot video on my iPhone in Transylvania in SUVs on rough ground and even on horseback, and the results are mesmerising. They look far better and more professional than they deserve.
The Osmo 2 is made from a kind of nylon and is light and foldable. It works for 15 hours on a charge and comes with some brilliant smart software to make your videos look better than ever; it will even offer you its own creditable edit of a long sequence of filming. DJI also makes a range called Ronin for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.