Recently, DJI surprised with an announced event where the new DJI Osmo Pocket in our review was introduced. The DJI Osmo Gimbals have been popular for a long time, but they also had some disadvantages.
However, with the new DJI Osmo Pocket has delivered yet another milestone. In this test, we’ll tell you all about DJI’s new handheld gimbal and whether it’s worth buying.
DJI Osmo Pocket and smartphone was and still is good and whoever owns a DJI gimbal is sure to confirm that.
What disturbed us personally at the DJI Osmo and also at the DJI Osmo Mobile is the size. The gimbals were not very small and who is traveling a lot, it definitely gets to feel it. Of course, not everyone feels the same, but we personally.
With the DJI Osmo Pocket, however, the size and weight have been greatly reduced. As you can see from the name, it is a pocket (small) gimbal. So, let’s see the main specs of the new gimbal.
DJI Osmo Pocket: Specifications
Let’s get to the most important, to the specifications of the DJI Osmo Pocket in our analisis. It is a small hand gimbal with a very good camera. But what else can the device do and is it worth changing if you already own an Osmo Mobile? Convince yourself for the first time of the technical data of the DJI Osmo Pocket.
|DJI Osmo Pocket:||Specs|
|Sensor:||12MP with f/2.0 aperture and size of 1.55um, 1/2.3 inch|
|Lens Viewing angle:||80-degree|
|ISO range Photo:||100 - 3200|
|Electronic shutter speed:||8s - 1/8000s|
|Video resolution:||4K Ultra HD: 3840 x 2160 up to 60p|
|Size:||38.4 x 28.6 x 36.9mm|
DJI Osmo Pocket: Design and Appearance
As for design, than DJI Osmo Pocket weighs only 116 grams and fits in the palm of your hand. This makes it really easy for transport and use, even at arm’s length.
The camera is based on a pod and the first fear, before having it in hand, is its fragility. But no, we realize that DJI has made a solid device.
It is not a toy, it is well finished, the plastic and aluminum employees bring certain robustness to the product.
Now, to be honest, a fall on the basket and we do not think the Osmo Pocket in the test will be unhurt. Beside, DJI provides a handy protective shell that allows you to slip into the pocket safely.
This stabilizer has a USB Type-C port which is convenient for charging, but also for accessories such as a jack adapter (optional); the charging cable is provided, then you connect it to an AC adapter, like that of your smartphone, for example.
Always for connectivity, DJI offers a proprietary adapter that slips easily on the device, one USB Type-C for Android smartphones, the other Lightning for iPhone.
This is how you connect your phone, but it can also accommodate other accessories. Unfortunately, I have not received for this test, I would have particularly appreciated using the shoe to be able to lay the Osmo more secure.
Especially since this small station enjoys a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection for remote control.
The very good point is that its implementation is very fast. A small calibration is required to start, but I did not have to redo it systematically.
With the small screen on the camera body, you can easily trigger a capture, access settings, select a mode, and so on.
To enjoy the screen of your smartphone when shooting, nothing too complicated either: connect your phone with the adapter provided, download and install the application DJI Mimo (iOS and Android). In short, it’s easy and fast, even for neophytes.
DJI Osmo Pocket: Performance
Of course, the most important thing about cameras with gimbals is the camera and this is where DJI can convince the most with the DJI Osmo Pocket. The camera looks like the DJI Mavic 2 Pro but has been slightly changed.
The camera of DJI Osmo Pocket in our test takes stunning photos, thanks to the 1/2.3 inch sensor with an 80° field of view and a f/2.0 aperture. The videos can be recorded in real 4K UHD at 60 fps and 100 Mbps, while 12-megapixel photos with a 1.55-m pixel size impressively capture every moment.
In terms of photo and video quality, the Osmo Pocket in the analisis convinces all along the line. Especially the 4K with 60 FPS and the 100 MBit/s are absolutely a dream and a big improvement over the old DJI Osmo. Is the Osmo Pocket a GoPro killer? Definitely!
DJI Osmo Pocket: Settings
The Osmo Pocket extends creative possibilities with intuitive functions and individual adjustment options. An important role is played by ProModus, where photographers can let their creativity run wild.
The Pro mode gives complete manual control over the following camera settings: Aperture, ISO and exposure time. For more latitude in post-production, photos in RAW format and videos in D-Cinelike can also be included.
Many of the settings can be adjusted via the small 1 inches integrated touch display. However, to get the full settings, a smartphone must be connected.
An adapter is included and in just a few seconds the iPhone is connected to the Osmo Pocket. Of course, the smartphone can also be used as a full screen.
DJI Osmo Pocket: Features
A camera alone would be a bit small, which is why there are of course some great features in the DJI Osmo Pocket in our review, which we would like to discuss briefly. Exactly these make the little gimbal a true GoPro alternative.
Actually, everyone should know ActiveTrack. Just tap on an object and ActiveTrack automatically follows the target. The whole thing works in selfie mode. There, the face is tracked and you are always in focus, no matter how fast you move.
3 × 3 panorama
With the 3 × 3 panorama function, the Osmo Pocket takes a total of 9 photos from different positions and converts them into a large panorama. This feature is already popular with drones. The quality of the photos is thus much higher.
Moving time lapse
Time-lapse captures the passage of time in breathtaking fashion, turning hours into seconds. Moving time-lapse add smooth camera shots, creating an even more dramatic effect. With the Osmo Pocket, these can be easily adjusted and the gimbal does the rest.
The DJI Osmo Pocket automatically detects scenes with low ambient light and adjusts the exposure time accordingly, resulting in more detailed and brighter images. In addition, the Pro mode offers the possibility to record 2-3 second exposure times without a tripod.
DJI Osmo Pocket: Modes
There are three modes of video capture: the locking of the nacelle which allows making movements without it moves, the motion tracking where the nacelle follows the subject and its movements and finally the FPV mode which creates more original plans. Indeed, if you move the camera left or right it follows the movement.
We also find a night mode, timelapse with several possibilities including moving the basket from right to left for more effects, the photo panorama to access a wide-angle, tracking mode to track your moving subject or your own face when you’re doing vlogs for example, etc.
The camera of DJI Osmo Pocket has the intelligence to detect the vertical mode, which is really very convenient to share on social networks and view videos on a smartphone.
Since we are talking about sharing, a word about the unfortunate absence of a live feature. Can not start live, videos and photos can only be sent on RS or YouTube later.
It would have been nice to take advantage of the application to achieve direct. Now, this live feature is available for other DJI products so there may be an upcoming update that brings this feature.
Let’s talk first about the tandem camera and smartphone. In this configuration, it is still the sensor of the Osmo Pocket that records photos and videos.
With the app, you can make plans that require more detail, settings, effects, and ambitions. You keep an eye on-the-field of view, which can be useful in certain situations if you film near the ground for example or try to capture places difficult to access.
The phone screen also allows you to go further with the tracking mode: you draw a rectangle around the subject to lock the target, but you can also choose the location of the person in the frame.
If you want the camera to follow it in its movements, but keep it for example at the bottom right of the frame, it is possible.
In addition to editing photos and videos, Story Mode on the app offers to gather four different moments to create an effect and a mini-movie, in order to share on social networks. It’s fun to try after I know very well that I will not use this kind of fashion, a little too superficial.
The latest update also brings a lot of news welcome, with a reorganization of the menus more logical, Pro mode (or rather the last setting from the smartphone) becomes this time accessible even outside the mobile application and it is now possible to shoot in 4k at 24fps for a cinematic rendering (at the base, it was 30fps or 60fps).
DJI Osmo Pocket: Video Quality
The DJI Osmo Pocket camera contains a 1/2.3-inch sensor, similar to those used in DJI drones like the Mavic Air. It does not sound crazy on paper, and yet, I think it allows to make movies with a quality close and maybe even a little bit above the best smartphones.
We owe a lot to its mechanical nacelle which offers a much better stabilization than the optical or electronic ones, which we usually see on pocket cameras and phones.
We can end up with a strong contrast: either the subject plunges into the darkness because the light source takes over, or the subject is bathed in light, but the area where the lighting like the sky gives rise to a burned image.
The other problem is autofocus, not always very convincing and has the annoying habit of getting lost. Note however that the recent firmware allows having more reliable autofocus.
In low lights we obviously lose in details and colors, we also perceive the presence of noise. But it’s still pretty good overall, we’re not going to lie to each other.
To film slow motion or apply effects in the application after capture, it is necessary to fall back on capture in Full HD (up to 60fps also, but also 120fps since the last firmware). Even here, the result brings satisfaction.
The built-in microphone serves as an extra sound but does not offer great audio quality. The result remains usable, but if you have a little ambition in your content creations, it will be necessary to go back to the cashier for an adapter to finally connect a microphone worthy of the name.
DJI thought about noise reduction, which works pretty well. Speaking of micro, we regret the lack of the option to connect typically a micro-shotgun (if there was a thread, for example, we could have used generic adapters) and it will be limited to a micro-shotgun tie.
DJI Osmo Pocket: Connectivity
The use with the smartphone is however not practical in all situations. We have less freedom of movement, especially as the weight of it can come, little by little, disconnect it from the USB-C (or Lightning) of the DJI Osmo Pocket in the test.
The interest of the Osmo Pocket is also to be able to do without his phone so as not to unload and clutter in the movements.
The disadvantage compared to the GoPro is the field of vision, which does not give us the choice. It would have been nice to have the opportunity to play with a wide angle, a medium shot and a tighter one.
Here, you have to do with 26 mm and an angle of 80 degrees. It’s close enough to the face finally and suddenly, difficult to show his environment.
Note that when switching to selfie mode to shoot, the Osmo Pocket automatically activates facial tracking, convenient for vloggers.
Finally, its autonomy can easily reach two hours or a little more continuously. Reloading the camera takes only about an hour and a half. It’s always better than a GoPro for example, but you can not change the battery.
DJI Osmo Pocket: Conclusions and Reviews
The DJI Osmo Pocket in our review is especially recommended because of the small size. Especially in this day and age, everything has to be very compact.
DJI recognized this and made a great device with the Osmo Pocket. But also the camera and the unbelievably good video quality convinced us personally.
Although the price for some may be a bit high, the price is justified given the performance.
DJI Osmo Pocket: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
As for the price, the DJI Osmo Pocket here makes a good bias on the price with a price tag of only $399.99, and now you can buy the Osmo Pocket at an attractive price and with New Year and Christmas discounts of 27% OFF.
Comparing the price with a GoPro, we find the pricing of DJI quite fair. The GoPro Hero 7 Silver is $300, the Black even $450.
Undoubtedly, these too provide a class image, but the image is only digitally stabilized. The Osmo Pocket, on the other hand, includes a high-quality 3-axis gimbal. In comparison to the old DJI Osmo, the price of the Osmo Pocket is appropriate in our opinion.
Interest aroused? Since the gimbal is certainly very popular, the first models will sell as fast as the Mavic 2 Pro.