Dji Osmo Pocket Review - What is The Differences

 DJI is known for making drone aircraft, but that’s taught the company a few things about cameras. It’s released a few handheld cameras and related accessories, but the new Osmo Pocket is the smallest handheld stabilizer it’s ever offered. With 3-axis stabilization, you can swing the Osmo Pocket every which way and still get passably smooth footage at 4K resolution.
Dji osmo pocket

So, What is Dji Osmo Pocket?

 The DJI Osmo Pocket puts video stabilization in the palm of your hand, with a small camera that smooths out your footage thanks to a 3-axis gimbal. It's pocketable, like the name suggests, and doesn't hog your smartphone, like the larger DJI Osmo Mobile 2.

Instead of using the large Zenmuse camera found on the original Osmo or a smartphone as the camera like with the Osmo Mobile, the Pocket borrows more from the camera and gimbal tech found on the company’s smaller drones, like the Mavic Air.

DJI Osmo Pocket - Camera

 The camera that sits on the three-axis gimbal uses a 1/2.3-inch sensor and can capture 4K footage at up to 60 frames per second at 100Mbps. DJI says the Osmo Pocket will last for up to two hours shooting in 4K at a slightly lower frame rate of 30 fps. The Osmo Pocket also captures 12-megapixel photos, and it has dual microphones for recording audio.

Dji osmo pocket camera

  We're still testing out the 4K video smoothing and photo snapping capabilities, but it's promising for video enthusiasts who don't want professional-sized camera stabilization equipment. The onboard audio and price (along with the assortment of tempting accessories that add up) may be the only tough sells here.

DJI Osmo Pocket - Specs & Features

On top of that, there’s a new feature called FaceTrack, which enables the on-device camera to identify a human face and lock it in frame, even as that person starts to move out of frame or looks up and down. During a brief demo of the new Dji Osmo Pocket, the camera module swiveled around to keep me in frame when FaceTrack mode was enabled, like a tiny robot head following me around the room.

 Other capture settings will be available in DJI’s newest mobile app, called Mimo. This includes “Pro Mode,” which automatically detects low light scenes and lets you adjust exposure settings, and “Story Mode,” which stitches together select video clips for you. The Osmo Pocket also captures wide-angle still photos, ideal for large-group selfies, and appears to make capturing panoramic photos stupidly simple.

 Under the Osmo Pocket is a universal port that allows the camera to be paired with mobile devices that use Apple’s Lightning or USB-C connections. Paired devices can be used as a monitor for the camera.

 Other smartfeatures:

  • ActiveTrack – DJI’s image recognition algorithms allow Osmo Pocket to recognize and follow subjects of choice.
  • FPV Mode – FPV Mode lets users capture the video from their perspective. Instead of locking the gimbal to maintain the horizon, FPV tells the camera to follow every tilt and lean.
  • 3×3 & 180° Panorama – For capturing wide-angle photos Osmo Pocket offers two Panorama modes. 3X3 takes an expansive 9 images in total while 180° mode captures 4 images. Osmo Pocket software stitches them together automatically.

There’s also an ecosystem of accessories, including an accessory mount, wireless module, controller wheel, expansion kit, filters set, waterproof case, extension rode, charging case, and 3.5mm adapter.

DJI Osmo Pocket Specifications:

  • 12MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor (pixel size of 1.55 μm)
  • 12MP JPEG or DNG RAW Still Photos
  • 80° FOV lens
  • f/2.0 aperture.
  • video at 100Mbps saved to micro SD card
  • video resolutions: 4096×2160 @ 24/25/30/50/60fps, 3840×2160 @ 24/25/30/50/60fps, 2704×1520 @ 24/25/30/50/60fps, 1920×1080 @ 24/25/30/50/60/120fps
  • handle with retractable extension
  • wi-fi & bluetooth monitoring & control
  • POV, ActiveTrack & FaceTrack modes
  • standard time-lapse & motionlapse
  • NightShot & 3 x 3 panorama modes

GoPro vs Dji Osmo Pocket

Dji Osmo pocket price:

 The Osmo Pocket will be available for pre-order today for $349, and will ship in mid-December. $349 isn't cheap, and buyers will likely want to invest in accessories at some point, whether a WiFi module, amount, or an extension rod. DJI also plans to ship a 3.5mm adapter for an external microphone, in case the onboard audio capture and noise cancellation doesn’t cut it; we have yet to test this out.

But DJI has still managed to undercut GoPro, which sells the Hero 7 for $400. Given the Osmo’s size and on-device capture abilities, it’s not a stretch to think that DJI might be looking to eat some of GoPro’s lunch with this thing. 

GoPro vs Dji Osmo Pocket

 Often these kinds of gimbals are used in conjunction with a GoPro, but if the on-device capture is this good with the Osmo, then you could see how someone might decide not to buy an additional camera with it. DJI even claims that the tiny Osmo’s battery will last for up to two hours of continuous 4K video shooting, which, if true, could very well surpass any GoPro’s battery life.

 Of course, the Osmo Pocket isn’t waterproof (though DJI says a waterproof case is in the works) and it’s hard to imagine propping it up on your helmet or wearing it as part of a chest harness while you’re crushing it on the slopes. GoPro still has all the advantages of that small, square form factor. And the Hero7 has its own impressive, “HyperSmooth” image stabilization technology.


 The DJI Osmo Pocket is the all-in-one solution for anyone who wants to capture fluid video, but doesn't want to dedicate a portion of their backpack to carrying around something much larger, like the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 or the DJI Ronin S.

Note: Audio isn't great in all situations Accessories are separate purchases Pricey for mere enthusiasts

 The DJI Osmo Pocket will start shipping on December 15th, 2018, and it has a price tag of $349.


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