While everyone is big GoPro fan nowadays DJI came up with a revolutionary solution for those who don’t want to carry with themselves big DSLR cameras and still want to take high-quality pictures. The camera on the Osmo Pocket is the same like on every other DJI drone like the DJI Mavic 2, the only difference is that you know… the Osmo pocket can’t fly. But it has a built-in stabilizer which helps you to get rid of the blurry pictures, as you’ll see in our DJI OSMO POCKET FOV Review.
Who is the Osmo Pocket for?
Well, it’s for everyone. For everyone who wants to have a great tool at them at any time to take some good shots of places, events, people. It’s even great for vlogging, so if you haven’t started you, vlogger, just because you didn’t have the right device for that this is your chance.
- 25.7mm (equiv) F2 lens (80 degrees FOV)
- 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor
- 12MP resolution
- 4K Ultra HD video: 3840 x 2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p,
- FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
- ISO 100-3200
- Built-in gimbal
- Weight: 116g / 4oz
- Dimensions: 121.9 x 36.9 x 28.6 mm
- MicroSD slot up to 256GB
- LiPo 875 mAH 6.738 Wh battery and it can operate 140 mins when shooting 1080p/30 fps video
- 48 KHz AAC audio output
The price of the DJI Osmo Pocket is $349 (£329, AU$599), which makes it cheaper than the competitor GoPro Hero 7 Black. And the GoPro product doesn’t even have a stabilizer, you get that for extra cash. It’s true that is has an image stabilizer software but is it enough? The decision is yours…
The Osmo pocket is a small device (It measures 121.9 x 36.9 x 28.6mm and weighs 116g) which can easily fit in your pocket, even next to your phone. It has a non-slip, sweat-proof grip which makes easier to use it with only one hand. It’s two button build helps you even more to use one-handedly. The right button turns the Osmo Pocket on. The left button with the red dot, of course, is how you start recording footage or shooting photos.
An important element of the DJI OSMO POCKET FOV Review is the one-inch touchscreen control, you can select different shooting modes like photo, video, slow-mo, timelapse, pano, or to adjust your recording resolution 4K or 1080p. You can even access settings to take fast follow, slow follow, FPV videos, or to recenter the camera, and review files. So after you buy one it will take some time to master these settings if you are the beginning of your photo/video career.
The most common thing to attach to your Osmo Pocket is your phone, or you can even attach the Osmo Pocket to your phone via a small adapter. After that all you have to do is to download the DJI Mimo app. The app gives users more control over the Osmo Pocket’s features; first, you get a larger view instead of the one-inch screen of what you are filming. You can see a histogram, and get alerts if your footage is overexposed.
Or you can buy a Bluetooth accessory that you can put to the bottom which allows you to see what the Osmo Pocket sees without attaching it to your phone. In that way, you can follow every content your Osmo is shooting. The device allows you to transfer every video or photo on your phone really fast. But what would be really perfect is if the DJI product would have a build in software that allows you to connect to it via Wifi or Bluetooth. But this is a first generation product, so maybe in the future. We’ll see…
There is an option for you to record whit the device underwater. But for that, you will need to buy the waterproof case. Whit that you’ll be able to take underwater shots up (or down) to for 60m (196ft). It sounds ideal but there is a tiny problem, the moving gimbal, and the case has a finite ideal window of 90 degrees. And with the case the focus was off, resulting in blurry photos and videos, and the entire case did fog up after a few minutes in the water, and there’s no way to access the touchscreen through the plastic case
Of course, you can attach it as well to any surface with the Accessory Mount and Quick Release Base. Whit that you can put it on your helmet, bike, backpack, snowboard, or any other still surface to make a cool time-lapse video.
If you up to some vlogging we highly recommend you to buy a 3.5 mm adapter. Which is also available in the DJI store, but we found that any old USB-C-to-3.5mm adapter will work. It’s important because the Osmo Pockets microphone is mounted near to the screen and it results a really unclear voice record.
The Osmo Pocket can record up to 1080p and 4K video at up 60fps at a max bitrate of 100Mbps, and it also captures 12MP photos in JPEG and Raw, not bad huh?
But with it new mods you can bring the time lapse and motion lapse game to a whole new level. The camera head moves evenly through the pre-configured time lapse path for a moving great effect. Really, it’s a series of JPEG photos taken at intervals ranging from 3 seconds to 60 seconds with seven duration options: 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 5 hours and infinite. Infinite, for obvious reasons, is restricted to standard time lapses and is greyed out for motion lapses.
The motion lapse effect is fantastic and the size of the DJI Osmo Pocket means you’re likely to use this in more daily situations. It’s the kind of video that spices up boring establishing shots for anyone. Paired with the Wireless Module, reviewed above, you can keep the battery charged for longer time lapses and remotely pre-set motion paths on a big phone screen.
After all this, we can say that DJI came up with a great new product which has his place among the greatest devices of his category. Its size is little but it has great opportunities within. Our DJI OSMO POCKET Review just showcased that the gimbal works great alone, without any accessory, and it’s super easy to use for everyone. It’s a great start.