The TV Broadcaster that I work purchased Osmo＋ recently. The purpose is to use it for News and documentaries we make. We often do dolly shots in our filming, and we needed a camera that can do that smoother and add production value to our outputs.
I had the chance to use Osmo＋ to film a children’s kindergarten party. It was a volunteer filming that I was asked to do, so I thought, why not use Osmo＋ and get some experience out of it?
I took a Sony camcorder as well, which I keep it with me all the time in case I need to run off to film a breaking news that needs to be broadcast in matter of hours.
I knew OSMO is not reliable when it comes to zooms for close ups, so I was going to rely on that small camera for close up shots.
I’ve already mentioned in my previous article:
I would use it as a B camera and not as the main camera for the reasons I will be explaining later. At this moment, I would not want to be alone with this camera. I will need two to do my filming job, because Osmo＋ is not an almighty camera.
I see this camera like adding spice to the food. It improves the taste, but it’s not the actual main food you’ve cooked with something else.
that the sound is terrible.
The Positive Summary
With the great cinematic dolly shots, it added production value to my filming.
When I present my work to other people as a cameraman, I don`t really want to show a shaky footage, unless shaking is the desired effect. Smoother footage looks more professional, period. It enhances your product.
The Negative Summary
1) It can prove to be useless if you are not allowed to move freely on the location.
Because it was an event which involved children’s presentation to parents, I was forced to not block the view of the parents. I could only do limited dolly shots from the side or behind children.
If you can’t do dolly shots freely, it diminishes its value.
2) Zoom is terrible
It struggles to focus too when you zoom. So, I had to get really close to the face of a child if I wanted a close up shot. Putting a camera in front of the face is quite intrusive. That is why I had another camcorder that can zoom in to capture close up shots.
3) Switching it on takes ages!!!!!!!! I’ve missed key moments because of this.
You need to connect camera to the smartphone monitor. This takes almost 30 seconds. I panicked when I was missing several performances that I should be filming.
4) You can’t put the camera down!
I wanted to put down Osmo＋ and continue filming with another camera, but when I laid it on the floor while it was still on, the camera head began to wiggle in confusion. It was trying to fight against being pressed down to the floor.
This was a worry, quite distracting when I wanted to be discrete in my filming. I had to hold it in my other hand to stop doing that.
You really need a holster on your belt.
５) It suffers in the dark
The ISO increased dramatically and the iris opened up to 2. It made the picture grainy and soft. You really need a good light to get proper striking image.
Yes, I would have Osmo＋ as my B Camera and have it on my holder on my belt, ready to pull it out. It does add production value to my work. The smooth movement can beat shaky footage taken by better cameras.
But if there is another camera that is as smooth as this one and easier to handle, then this camera is not worth buying it.
I am a documentary/News cameraman based in London.