DJI Releases the Osmo Pocket – 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal
Hey there, welcome to another episode of Tips & Tech Talk. I am your host Ron. Today we’re talking about a brand new product. Last week, DJI (you know the company that makes all those drones) well they announced the release of the DJI Osmo Pocket. Although this is not a drone, it might be a game changer for a lot of people. The reason is the size of this camera. It’s a 4K, 60 frames per second, 3 axis gimbal camera that is very small. Some people have said it’s the size of a cigar. Others have said it looks like the size of an electric toothbrush. But nevertheless, this camera is the smallest compact footprint camera available with its ability.
Before I get into the specs of this camera and what it can do, let me give you a little back story. Back in 2012/2013 when drones started to becoming a thing, DJI partnered up with GoPro and they would put their DJI drone in the air with the GoPro cameras. Well, a few years later GoPro says, you know what, we don’t need your help, we can make our own drone. Hence the Karma, and although GoPro does not make the Karma any longer, DJI has said, hey, we can make regular cameras too. And so, some have called this DJI Osmo Pocket, possibly a GoPro killer.
DJI Pocket Osmo is the smallest 3 axis stabilization handheld camera DJI has ever designed. It’s lightweight, it’s portable, as you can see. It shoots 4K, 60 frames per second. It has mechanical stabilization, intelligent shooting. It goes for about 140 minutes with a full battery. The image capture is handled by the integrated camera that features a one half point three inch sensor that’s capable of taking 12 megapixel stills. Like I said, it shoots in 4K, up to 60 frames per second, and it records at 100 megabits per second.
It also has, on the back of the camera, a one inch integrated touchscreen that provides live view, as well as the ability to quickly swipe through various shooting modes and settings. It has time lapse, motion lapse, both of these modes enable creative time lapse options. It also has an FPV mode, which was popularized by drones. This mode releases the gimbal and enables the camera to follow you through a tilt, through a lean, whatever you’re shooting at. It gives you smooth quality video.
This is definitely an interesting camera, and there’s lots to like about it. The 4K at 60 frames per second, the panoramic stuff that it does, the time lapse. There’s a lot of bells and whistles on this little small camera, but, the bad news is, this camera’s internal microphone leaves a lot to be desired. The good news is, on the bottom of the Osmo Pocket is a USB port where soon they will have an adapter so you can hook an external microphone in through that USB port. So, in the future, when this is released, you will have the ability to use an external microphone on the Osmo Pocket, which is simply going to be necessary if you want to record good audio.
Other than the audio, I really don’t see a lot of things to dislike about this Osmo Pocket. Something that did give me concern, or give me pause was this. I was able to check in with some people who had their hands on the early versions of the Osmo Pocket and some of those early versions gave you the ability to shoot in 1080 at 120 frames per second. But apparently that won’t be available, initially. Why? Hard to say. My guess is, it could cause overheating, but only time will tell.
You’re going to be able to use your phone with this, you can hook up the camera right into your phone and you can control it with the APP or you can even use it just as a monitor. But, with the phone into the camera, it’s going to give you a lot more options. The quality of video on this camera is comparable to the Mavick Pro, the first one. The quality of video is exceptional.
The DJI Osmo Pocket. A very exciting new camera on the market here in a couple of weeks, just in time for holiday shopping.
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