Originally Posted by Cloudstrewn
I have no personal experience of either so have no axe to grind. My doubts stem from various comparison videos I've seen.
If you find you can rely totally on the gimbal, or if you can do multiple takes of any shot, then it's obvious you will lean towards the osmo.
Thank you for your kind offer, but as I'm in the UK it will have to be an e-beer.
It's no binary thing for me. Every show, I think out my kit and try new things. And since I've got background in commercial photo and video (aerials, real estate, golf, yachts, etc.) I do like to collect quality b-roll. For an interview, I think you are right the GoPro is the surer bet.
Also, I'm using the GoPro on a Zhiyun Smooth Q gimbal and that works nicely. Still ultra-wide and infinite focus, but more cinematic.
And yes... Hypersmooth plus gimbal work together and in some situations (running combined with very aggressive whip-pans) the effect is impressive.
I hope to have a "breakout show" in terms of the amount and style of video I capture. The big booths by Samsung and LG and Sony are always amazing and worth capturing. I gotta pick a monopod now... sure do wish the Osmo Pocket accessories were available, that's my main gripe at this point. Wi-Fi and the control are the two I want most.
With Osmo Pocket, the main cause of a bad take is the focus hunting. But for gear b-roll I plan to have it in Pro mode and use fixed focus so there should not be and glitchy clips, or very few anyhow. For key gear it's usually worth doing each camera move twice anyhow. I totally get your point about why you'd reach for GoPro if you just had to get guaranteed usable video on each stop with no time to check anything.
The GoPro Hero7 Black's inability to operate in Linear mode when capturing 30p or 60p 4K is a significant disappointment.