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UPDATE 22-09-16: Modified Osmo Z-Axis for X5 Camera

by 9to5dji

Update 22-09-16: DJI have released an official X5 and X5R Z-Axis for the Osmo – http://store.dji.com/product/osmo-pro-raw-z-axis

Facebook User Cell Gunlaw has modified his DJI Osmo Z-Axis with an upgraded spring to take the weight of the X5 camera. To achieve this he added a 70x15x1.8mm compression spring to replace the one the Z-Axis comes with. He states that doing this renders the Z-Axis useless for use with an X3 as the weight needed to make it perform is not there with an X3.

Another concern is the weight being placed on the handle. I think it will be OK as you do have the extra support from the screw in to the side of the Osmo Handle but it’s still a risk you would be taking.

He shared a clip showing it in action – https://www.dropbox.com/s/8w0gzr5ut900hxz/DJI_0081.MOV?dl=0

DJI Osmo Z-Axis Modification for X5 Camera

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Tim Joiner 10th May 2016 - 12:25

Not convinced its worth the extra size and hassle when you can still see the walking up and down movement in the footage! The compactness of the Osmo is the biggest advantage it has. my advise is use a Skate board on smooth surfaces and a bike on the rough stuff thats the best option, or the duck walk!

mataikan 17th June 2016 - 03:44

I have done this , and now the zaxis is holding the rig good, with the X5 RAW . However the video feed of the ipod goes black when i record. on playback the footage is there. Any work around this?

jeevan kotha 12th November 2016 - 16:05

Hi Mataikan, I am facing the same issue. The video feed is not working when I connect z-axis raw for X5R OSMO. Have you resolved the issue. Thanks!

Tyler Hardin 1st August 2016 - 20:00

Is there any way to get a link to a spring? Im having a hard time finding this exact spring!

Thanks in advance for your help!

Osmo 6th August 2016 - 18:17

Sorry for the late reply Tyler.. use the two small spings form this set – http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-7-16-in-x-1-1-2-in-and-7-16-in-x-2-1-2-in-Zinc-Plated-Extension-Spring-4-Pack-16109/202045464

remember not to remove the bottom plate of the arm 🙂

Thorbjørn Hansen 10th August 2016 - 07:43


The dropbox link does not seem to work anymore.

Could you be paused to send it or post it again?

Does your video also show how to replace the spring or is that pretty much straight foreward?

Osmo 10th August 2016 - 08:20

Sorry, the video posted was not mine and only showed the z-axis working – Replacing the spring is easy. Once you open the top cover on the arm you can easily see where to detach the spring and add the new ones.

Laurence H-B 27th September 2016 - 17:50

I modified my origional z axis for the x5r until the official one comes out. It involved grinding away the locking ring that locks the arm onto the camera because the ring is too wide and hits the gimbal housing meaning the gimbal wont lock into the arm. This is not an issue on the X5, only X5R.I used three additional springs from a common 150 peice spring kit you can buy anywhere online. These were in addition to the origional spring. There are two springs on the outside and one spring i threaded through the origional spring inside the arm. I think you can just about see this on one of the photos.
The tensioning wheel can then work as normal. It works great. quick video of it

Whirlybloke 24th April 2017 - 17:12

Before the X5 version was available I modified my Z-axis to take the extra weight of an X5. All the build info and parts are detailed here http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1908715 or they are available ready built here https://www.xcopters.co.uk/shop/dji-osmo-x5-z-axis-damper This solution allows you to quickly swap between the X5 and the X3.


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