Monday 19 October 2015

Ghetto DIY DJI Osmo

Hi there, this week we have seen the release of the DJI Osmo handheld gimbal camera, which, as most people in the hobby will know, enables the camera handler to record super smooth and steady video footage even as you swing your arm or rotate/pivot. The RRP for this slick-tech is a smooth £549/$850. Throw in a selfie stick extension for another £43/$67 and it's quickly approaching almost £600/$1000!

Can we build this ourselves for ghetto cheap?

Behold! The Gh-osmo!

I built this about 6-8 months ago as an experiment to see if I could extened the usefulness of my DIY 3-axis drone camera gimbal that I have had for a couple of years. It works really really well, and I'm far and away pleased with the footage I get. Here's an example of footage:

(recorded at 1080p 60fps speeded up using Xiaomi Yi)

The quick list of features include:

- Xiaomi Yi Action Camera (Super-cheap sub-£50 2.5k camera)
      - Upgraded to 3-axis using:
          -2212 DYD gimbal motor
          -3rd axis extension board (depending on the version of Alexmos board you get)
-Sony PSP thumbstick (tilt control)

Extra DIY parts: Small scrap wood dowel pieces, old pcb board cut for 3rd axis mounting, I designed a 3d printed xiaomi bluetooth remote holder, and also a CP Filter mount for slicker camera footage. 

I can live view, pause, record, snap and adjust with my smartphone, I can stop & record with the bluetooth remote, I can tilt using the PSP thumstick, I can extend the selfie stick for height footage, the gimbal is setup to follow-mode so that it, well, look that one up. Put it all together and you get something like this:

Costs were about 1/7th the cost (about £90/$140), but I already had most of the parts, and I just 3d printed the things I needed so I didn't actually pay anything more.

Happy Ghetto filming kids. Keep off the pipe. 


Unknown said...

looks awesome!! would love any information on any programing of the board you needed to do and how you attached the psp thumbstick

DalyBulge said...


Anonymous said...

Great article!
I love the new DJI Osmo Action.
The DJI Osmo Action is one of the fantastic little gadgets that runs circles around other GoPro copycats.
If your vlog needs a lot of movement, needs steady video and don’t want to pay GoPro prices, the DJI Osmo Action is the best alternative.