I pre-ordered the new DJI Z-axis for the Osmo Pro/RAW and just received it. If you’re not familiar the the DJI Osmo it is a hand-held stabilizer that can be used with various camera such as the X3, X5 and X5R. You can buy the DJI Osmo handle on it’s own, or as the Osmo Pro Combo. I already had an X5 from the DJI Inspire Pro, so I only needed the handle and an X5 adapter to start.
In case you are wondering why someone would want a Z-axis stabilizer, let me tell you A Z-axis stabilizer helps remove the up and down motion you tend to see when shooting video while walking.
DJI had previously released a Z-axis for the smaller camera, the X3, but the larger DJI camera the X5 (and the X5R) were too heavy for the original adapter. A lot of people tried to mod the original z-axis with stronger springs, etc. but I wanted to wait for the real thing, so here it is.
Start out by removing the cap from the Osmo
Remove the cap from the Z-axis handle connector
Attach the Z-axis to the Osmo
Twist the gimbal lock to secure
Bring down the securing knob and screw it into the Osmo handle
Attach the mobile device holder to the Z-axis rosette mount
Remove the caps from the X5 and the Z-axis gimbal securing ring
Twist the gimbal securing ring to lock the X5 in place
There is a little knob that controls the tension on the spring on the arm. As you add tension, you will see that the camera moves up.
You want the camera to be right above parallel to the ground when you’re holding it straight.
I went through the calibration and then shot another video with the Z-axis for the Osmo Pro/RAW at 1080 and 60FPS. I think that the 60FPS is much sharper and there are definitely reasons for using each. You may want to slow down your footage and use the 60FPS in a 24FPS movie, or you may like the 24FPS look and use it as is.
UPDATE: I recently took the Osmo Pro, the Z-axis and my Inspire 1 PRO on a boat and shot some test footage.