DJI Osmo Pocket Review
With the successful introduction of the Osmo Mobile range, DJI decided to expand on their micro-sizing efforts with the inception of the Osmo Pocket towards the end of 2018. This aptly named gadget fits into your pocket and is built to give personal photography and videography a professionally finished touch. So we had a look at some of the features to give you a more educated insight into the gimbal camera—here's what we found.
Being the size of a snicker bar, the DJI Osmo Pocket is by far one of the most portable gimbal cameras in the market. Its 121.9 x 36.9 x 28.6mm frame that weighs in at 116 grams also features a non-slip grip that lends aid to its sturdy design.
It also features an interactive one-inch touchscreen that has a user-friendly interface for any expert level. The palm-sized gimbals minimal appeal sports a pair of buttons—one utility button that is multifunctional and a recording button for recording footage.
With one press, the multifunctional button allows you to choose between video and still modes. Pressing it twice repositions the gimbal to its center and with three presses, it toggles the gimbal in and out of selfie mode.
The microphone is situated in the front making it ideal for vlogging and it also has a connector to attach your phone and other Osmo Pocket enabled accessories. There’s also a USB-C and Lightning port on the bottom of the gimbal camera so you can charge and directly transfer your recordings on to other devices without the need of a turbulent WiFi connection.
The Osmo Pocket has essentially been designed to give amateurs a platform to produce professionally finished videos and photographs. So if you’re an avid traveler, vlogger or videography enthusiast, this is a good place to start—and here’s why.
The Osmo’s gimbal provides an effortless solution to capturing stable 4K 60fps video without having to haul clunky and bulky gear around. So whether you’re skiing down alps, trail biking in mountain ranges or capturing footage on the run, your recordings will not reflect your unbalanced movement.
This is largely due to the gimbals stabilizing technologies that utilises gyroscopes to counteract your movement in the event you’re jumping, rolling, shaking, skipping or flying—for those of us who have that superpower.
While it must be said that most smartphones in the market can compete with its 12-megapixel camera, they can’t compete with its functionality. The beauty in the Osmo is the fact that it gives you a travel-lite companion that stores some high-end capabilities of film equipment.
For starters, there’s the fact that you can shoot 4K video at 60fps with features such as MotionLapse, ActiveTracker and FaceTracking. With MotionLapse, all your shots are played back faster to give a cinematic effect of time passing by at lightning speed.
So you could capture the hustle and bustle of the city in the morning and watch it fade into the neon lights of the evening in a matter of seconds.
The ActiveTrack mode is my personal favourite because it focuses the gimbal on a subject and follows that subject in contrast to its environment. So if you’re filming your child running around at the park, the camera will keep them within every frame without cutting them out or focusing on other subjects for a cinematic feel.
Another superb feature for me is the slow motion function that can really add a whole new perspective to your recordings. A prime example of this would be capturing the flight of a bird or the splash of an object in water.
The Osmo also includes an auto mode that primes it for recording without having to make any adjustments. So if inspiration strikes in its usual form of spontaneity, you can rest assured knowing you’ll be more than ready especially with its quick start time.
Any director and videographer will tell you that a final product is only as good as its editing. DJI allows you to polish off your clips with StoryMode. While this function requires you to sign into the App, it gives you the tools to edit your recordings with exclusively designed filters, soundtracks, preset shotting patterns, glamour effects and demo templates.
While the Osmo Pockets drawbacks don’t include any functional ones, there are convenience issues for those of us who want a 360 experience. Even though it does have a waterproof casing for sale separately, the Osmo in itself is not waterproof. This limits our shooting possibilities to land and means you’ll have to be cautious around water or rain if you don’t have a waterproof casing.
Lastly, is the fact that you need to purchase most accessories separately to supplement your shooting experience. Being a high-end product, this gimbal camera's price does run quite high so it would have been an added bonus had DJI included the accessories in the retail package.
The DJI Osmo Pocket is a highly adept and flexible gimbal with a user-friendly interface that allows a person of any experience level to capture professional footage in a portable and lightweight package.