Recording a video of a moving subject is really difficult and frustrating. You have to follow every movement to get a clear shot, and a little shake of your hand will result to a blurry scene. DJI OSMO Handheld 4k Camera 3 Axis Gimbal, has changed the game when it comes to filming subjects in action. Imagine a camera that follows your every move automatically? Or capture a stabilized video even with a shaky hand? How is that possible? Join me to the rest of this review.
Weight : 116 grams
Size : 1.4 x 1.1 x 4.8 inches
Battery Capacity : 875mAh (140 minutes when shooting 1080p/30 fps video)
Wireless Connectivity : Bluetooth or WiFi but need a Wireless Module (sold separately)
Storage Capacity : 256 GB Micro-SD (sold separately)
Compatibility : Smartphones running on iOS 10.0 or higher and Android 5.0 and higher.
Warranty : One-year warranty and extend to 2 years with OSMO Shield Warranty
Category : Action camera
DJI OSMO Pocket is a stabilized action video camera that is designed to turn your every moments into a story-worth telling scene. It is the smallest 3-axis gimbal hand-held camera and yet so powerful that can capture stunning videos and photos comparable to a shot taken by professionals.
The OSMO Pocket is equipped with a 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/2.0, an FOV of 80 degrees, and camera sensor of 1/2.3in, which allows you to shoot videos and pictures in clear details. This camera can capture UHD videos with the highest resolution of 3840×2160.
This device only weighs 116 grams and about the size of a small perfume bottle which makes it very lightweight and portable that you can easily keep in your pocket. Well, that is where its name was derived.
3-axis mechanical stabilization mechanism provides clear and stunning shots
One of the must-features that anyone must look in action camera should be the video stabilization feature. Latest smartphones are now equipped with this feature but still not enough to get a clear and steady shots.
DJI OSMO Pocket is equipped with a 3-axis gimbal which stabilizes your shot even if you are moving or even if your subject is moving fast, such as a racing car or riding in a roller coaster. The advantage of a 3-axis gimbal is that the camera can focus on the subject even if the operator has shaky hands.
This mechanism plus the brushless motor technology of OSMO Pocket, allows smooth and accurate movement control of the gimbal that eliminates shakes and jitters, giving you only clear and stunning shots. So even if you jump or shake the camera accidentally, still it produces clear videos without the blurry stuff.
Equipped with most-sought features
The Active Track Mode allows the camera to auto-follow the subject. Just tap on the subject on the device’s touch screen, then the camera will automatically follow the subject’s every moves, which is made possible by the 3-axis gimbal and the brushless motor. With this intelligent mode, you do not have to follow the subject by yourself unlike using a smartphone or a standard action camera.
Another feature that is always lacking in some smartphone’s camera is their ability to capture clear and bright pictures or videos in low light. With OSMO Pocket’s NightShot, you can capture bright pictures and videos even at night or in the dark. The f/2.0 aperture camera makes this function possible by automatically detecting and illuminating low-light conditions.
One of the best features of this OSMO Pocket is its ability to record fast moving scenes such as when you are in a roller coaster. The FPV mode follows the gimbal’s orientation automatically allowing you to capture clear and in detailed action scene, which is another advantage of its 3-axis mechanical stabilization mechanism.
When you want to make a view to come to life, the MotionLapse mode does it best. This allows the camera to auto-move smoothly over time which provides a more dramatic effect to the video instead of just the bland lifeless one.
OSMO Pocket’s Panorama captures a wider angle shot which allows you to showcase the background of a scene. The camera moves and captures in a 3×3 panoramic size. However, this can be viewed only in the DJI MIMO app which can be installed in your phone.
Pocket-size and single-handed design
DJI OSMO Pocket is so small and light that you can carry anytime and anywhere. It is even lighter than your smartphone. This camera is designed to be operated with one hand with anti-slip and sweat-proof handle which provides a more grip when taking videos.
The small size allows you to mount this device on anything such as on a helmet during motocross or biking, attach to your bag, or mount on your dog with appropriate holder. You can also mount this to a drone for a clearer aerial video.
Perfect for video selfie
When documenting a place you usually need to move around to cover the background. If you have someone with you, your companion can take the video while you are explaining or just showing the view with you as the main subject, of course. Doing it alone or what we can call a video selfie, is really difficult especially if you are not a selfie expert. With OSMO Pocket Selfie mode you can capture a video selfie effortlessly. It is like having a video crew with you.
You just need to attach the camera to a specified selfie stick or selfie rod (preferably DJI OSMO Extension Stick), activate the Selfie mode, then the camera will follow your face as you move around the place, keeping you always in the scene. This is made possible by the feature called FaceTrack. As the name suggests, it tracks your face.
Great for underwater videography
If you love scuba diving and wants to document how beautiful the underwater world is, OSMO Pocket will surely showcase the beauty of the corals or fishes with its wide angle camera lense. This device is not water proof but you can use the specified DJI waterproof case which can withstand up to 60m deep although it is not yet available in stores.
DJI MIMO makes your videos or photos more professional
DJI OSMO Pocket comes with the DJI MIMO app which you can download and install in your smartphone. This app is an awesome and comprehensive editing tool that enhances your videos or photos to be professional-like.
Its My Story feature allows you to showcase your creativity with its exclusively designed templates, filters, music and many more. You can make a movie of your own.This app comes with DJI academy to help you become a professional photographer.
This smart camera supports up to 256GB (Micro-SD) of storage capacity which is enough for Ultra High Density(UHD) or 4K videos which consumes more memory space. It is equipped with a 875mAh LiPo battery which can last up to 140 minutes when shooting a high resolution video of 1080p/30 fps.
Charging time takes around 75 mins when using a 10-W charger(fast charger) which is not that long, although it would be better if the OSMO Pocket battery can last longer than 140 minutes. Just be sure to carry a powerbank when you know you will be using this camera away from electrical outlets.
OSMO Pocket has 2 microphones which allows you to record video with clear crisp.
DJI OSMO Pocket comes in a protective package.Inside the box is the OSMO Pocket camera,a case cover, lightning and USB-C smartphone adapter, and a power cable.The device is small enough to fit in your single hand with a substantial weight and can really fits in your pocket.
On the front you will see the small touch screen which you can swipe to browse around the settings, the select and record buttons, and a slot for the smartphone adapter where you connect your phone to use the DJI MIMO app.
- Designed for adventures
- Lots of awesome most-sought features
- Handy and portable
- Supports massive storage capacity
- Supports 4K or UHD videos
- Single-handed operation
- Compatible with both Android and iOS phones
- Much better if have longer battery life
- A little bit pricey
DJI OSMO Pocket is an action camera that is full-packed with features that are lacking in our smartphones. The capability of this device to follow its subject as it moves around, we can say it is the best smart camera.
Although it is not a perfect action camera but I think it is worth the investment especially if you are into adventures, travel, and digital photography. This camera is very portable and easy to operate perfect for beginners or non-pro photographers.
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