Can this tiny 4K camera step up from your smartphone’s camera?
We are now in the digital age where vlogs and influencers are dominating the social media platforms. With this setup, the technology has to keep up also with the consumers’ demand from imaging, sound recording, to video recording. Good thing, there’s a DJI Osmo Pocket, a product that combines an action camera with a built-in stabilizer and comes in handy.
- Super Compact 4k shooting @60 FPS
- Excellent Gimbal Stability
- ActiveTrack For shooting objects
- FastTrack For Following The Individual
- Powerful battery life
- Microphone Ports Inconveniently Located
- Microphone Not the Best for Professional Shooting
- Cannot Add an External Microphone
- FaceTrack and ActiveTrack Sometimes Lose Tracking
- Neutral low-light performance
DJI is the leading market for easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems. Still, with the DJI Osmo Pocket, it seems they also give an exemplary output from their signature products. The DJI Osmo Pocket has the Osmo range of handheld gimbal stabilizers for land-based photography and videography.
The Osmo Pocket merges a three-axis mechanical gimbal, with a 12MP camera built around a 1/2.3-inch sensor and a small touchscreen. That comprises a unit that measures 121.9 x 28.6 x 36.9mm and weighs 116g. It perfectly fits in the palm of your hand and into your pocket. DJI supplies both Lightning and USB-C connectors in the box, which enable any smartphone to be connected directly and the camera and gimbal controlled via the free DJI Mimo app.
The idea of gimbal stabilization is simple for instead of using electronic methods such as GoPro or optical stabilization a gimbal uses silent, brushless motors and gyroscopes to keep the camera perfectly level to the ground at all times. There are not a lot of complexities to the device itself. You can control it using a small, square touch screen. Two buttons below it turn the device on and off, and the other one is to start a video or snap a picture.
The quality of the footage that was captured with the Osmo Pocket was satisfactory. The Colors are vibrant, and there’s a minor noise in the images when you’re shooting in 4K, but the detail was overall good. Unfortunately, the camera’s low-light performance wasn’t that strong as expected.
Mostly, you can get away with pointing the camera at whatever you want to shoot and pressing the record button, but you still must be prepared to adjust the settings manually to make sure it balances your shot.
The DJI’s Osmo Pocket is compact, easy to use, and has an impressive quality of the video footage it produced. Though it falls short on the audio and microphone aspect, it’s a harder camera to recommend than other portable solutions for shooting video for its price and lack of versatility. This pocket is a work in progress which is being sold as a finished product.