DJI Osmo Vs. GoPro Karma Grip

DJI Osmo Vs. GoPro Karma Grip

The DJI Osmo and the GoPro Karma Grip are both designed to provide stabilized handheld and mounted video that is not shaky and features great imagery. While the Osmo is touted to be more of a camera designed for shooting smooth shots that are properly framed, the Karma Grip is more rugged and sportier and seems a better choice for recording action and adventure.

But since both these hand held stabilizers are in the same realm of feature sets, here’s a comparison of their most prominent features.

Gimbal and stabilization specifications

When it comes to gimbal and stabilization, the DJI Osmo is equipped with 3 motors that help stabilize the camera. The joystick or the app will allow users to pan it over a 320° range, tilt down 35°or tilt up 135°. It pans and tilts at 120° per second.

This 3-axis motorized gimbal can also mechanically adjust the pitch, roll and yaw, which allows users to maintain a smooth, level shot. This can be done while holding it in your hand or while it is mounted on something.

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The Osmo has the ability to perform motorized pans and tilts using the button controls featured on the handle. These controls are also used to change shooting modes, starting and stopping recording, and to take panoramic stills.

The GoPro Karma Grip makes using their action cameras much easier by providing stabilized and less shaky images and videos. The Karma Grip is made up of the Karma Grip Handle and Karma Stabilizer, which are used together to produce smooth footage that looks professional.

GoPro Karma Grip

This pro-quality stabilization can be used simply as a handheld device or can even be mounted on compatible GoPro mounts as well as worn on the body. It also allows starting and stopping of recording, powering on and off of the device, changing between various modes and even adding HiLight Tags.

The Karma Grip doesn’t feature any camera movement controls, so users need to move the grip in order to move the camera, which only provides some basic movements. On the other hand, the Osmo features a small button similar to a joystick, which allows users to adjust the camera even while the grip isn’t moving. This gives a finer control of the angles.

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Compatible cameras and features

The DJI Osmo is compatible with the Zenmuse X3 and X5 series cameras The X3 camera delivers 4K video at 24, 25 or 30 fps and takes pictures at 12 MP in Adobe DNG RAW. When used with the Zenmuse X5 series, the Osmo provides greatly stabilized imaging with the advantage of a big M4/3 sensor.

The GoPro Karma Grip is compatible with some of the company’s own sports action cameras, which are the Hero5 Black, Hero5 Session, Hero4 Black and Hero4 Silver. The Grip and the GoPro camera feature seamless connectivity and users simply need to connect the camera, turn on the grip and start recording! Both can be charged simultaneously, and the footage can be offloaded without having to un-mount the camera.

GoPro Karma Grip

Design and Viewing options

The ergonomic handle on the DJI Osmo gives users an easy grip and enhanced handheld operation. The handle features various buttons for changing settings as well as the joystick for panning and tilting the gimbal.

A rosette attachment lets users connect the included smartphone holder, which enables users to monitor their video feed and change important settings. It can also be disconnected easily to let other mounting accessories be attached. But the mount does make your smartphone hang precariously on the side that seems unsafe for the phone.

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On the other hand, the GoPro Karma Grip that uses the Karma Grip Handle and Karma Stabilizer together produce smooth footage that looks professional. It has an easy to hold design, but features fewer camera control options on the handle as compared to the DJI Osmo.

For viewing options or displays, the Hero5 or Hero4 Silver both feature a screen that helps in framing shots. But the screens are so small that they are difficult to use and as per the design of the gimbal, a joint on the grip is placed directly behind the screen, obscuring the view.

GoPro Karma Grip


The DJI Osmo and the GoPro Karma Grip both come with their share of great features, which can cater to different areas of recording. As stated before, the DJI Osmo seems to focus more towards filming videos and movies and thus features extreme control and smooth operation buttons that are easy to navigate.

On the other hand, the GoPro Karma Grip is aimed more towards sports and action enthusiasts who want to record their stunts or adventures. More rugged than the Osmo, the Karma Grip does lose out on camera movement controls but provides all the amazing features that come along with using a GoPro camera.


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